Valladolid’s underwater lagoons
With its pastel-coloured colonial houses and buzzing main square, it’s easy to while away a few days wandering Valladolid’s picture-perfect streets. However, one of the main attractions here are the cenotes that dot the landscape. Formed millions of years ago when a meteor stuck the Yucatan Peninsula, these water-filled limestone sinkholes are the perfect place to cool off on a hot day. The stalactites that hang above Dzitnup make for an atmospheric dip, while nearby the sunlight that streams through a small hole in Samula’s roof is simply beautiful. Follow up your swim with some shopping along Calle 41A, where you will find perfumes and a serene spa at Coqui Coqui and chic swimwear and sundresses at La Troupe. This stylish stretch is also known as Calzada de los Frailes, or Walkway of the friars, and fittingly leads to the old monastery of San Bernardino de Siena, where a breath-taking light show explaining the area’s history is projected on the rugged stones walls each evening.