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Sleeping: Valladolid

Valladolid is a great town for tourists, but the closer we get to Cancun the harder it is to find a really cheap place to sleep (Guatemala has spoiled us.) Without being on the beach, camping isn’t an option. So dorms are you’re best bet if traveling solo. There are two main hostels in town, and both are around $9-$10 dollars a night for a dorm bed. Private rooms start around P$300, or $23 USD. In town several of the hotels offer similar rates for single rooms, and some cheaper. Though in the hostels, you have kitchen and WIFI access, and a free breakfast, which are often lacking at Hotels. At both options in town, the staff are great resources for information on visiting the sites around town. At both places, we were given a map of Valladolid, and information on visiting the nearby cenotes and ruinas. It makes it easy to get oriented here, and easy to get around. If traveling during busy seasons, consider checking ahead to make a reservation.

Hostel La Candelaria

Candelaria seems to be the top pick for backpackers in Valladolid. With three dorms and several private rooms, it’s an easy spot to meet other travelers. There are two kitchens here, that are well stocked, and plenty of outdoor seating for eating or socializing. Breakfast is nice here, offering large pieces of bread, fruit cups with granola, fruit, cereal, and coffee/tea. WIFI is available inside, near the front desk and in the small living room. There is also a computer to use. The dorms all have fans, and there is one female-only dorm. Drinking water is available as well. The staff are younger, friendly, and really helpful with information buses or visiting local sites. Several bikes are available here to rent for P$80/ day, or P$15 an hour ($6.15 USD per day.)

Heads up: During the first few days of February, there is a religious celebration that takes place in the Candelaria Park. Mass starts early and ends late in the night, and in the female dorm, the noise is right outside your window. Earplugs recommended.



Dorm: P$130 ($10 USD)

Private with shared bath: P$300/night for one or two people ($23 USD)

There is also a 4-bed private room, where beds are $P130 as well.


Calle 35, between 42 y 44, in the Candelaria Park

Phone: 985 856 2267

Hostal Del Fraile

more photos of Hostal Del Fraile

more photos of Hostal Del Fraile

Located on the Diagnol Street in Valladolid, Fraile is also close to everything, and another good spot for meeting fellow travelers. Life felt a little quieter here than at Candelaria, however, which might be exactly what you are looking for. There are two dorms, and just two private rooms as well. Both dorms are mixed-gender, and both have fans and lockers, though some of the lockers are outside the dorm. The kitchen is well stocked, and there is a nice outdoor patio with plenty of tables and chairs. Inside is a pool table, and a computer for guest use. Drinking water is available. And, in the front room, tamales are served in the afternoons and evenings, as well as delicious desserts. Tamales cost just P$8, and two makes for a delicious, and cheap dinner. Typical meat tamales are on the menu, but a special vegetarian option with cheese and spinach is available as well. In the mornings, a simple breakfast of cereal, breads and toast, with coffee or tea, is served. Bikes are also available to rent here, for P$15/hour, and beers are sold for P$15.


Dorm bed: P$120 ($9.25 USD)

Dorm bed in 4-bed dorm: P$160 ($12.30 USD)

Private room with two twin beds: P$280 ($21.50 USD)

Private room with 2 full beds: P$320 ($24.60 USD)


Calle 41 A # 212 (off of Calle 41. Fraile is on the corner of 41A and Calle 48)

Phone: 985 856 5852


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