The first time I visited Valladolid, Mexico, was just to pass through. Only a few minutes of driving along some side streets was enough to make us vow to come back. I tacked on a couple days to the end of our Yucatan road trip to explore the cute colonial city further.
I won’t lie, part of the reason I wanted to extend our itinerary to include Valladolid was to get a chance to stay at the boutique hotel of Coqui Coqui. I had first discovered the perfumeria 6 years ago, when my cousin and his wife traveled through the Yucatan. I remember them making a point of trying to go off the beaten tourist path and staying at more meaningful places as opposed to the typical resort setting. When they came back I distinctly recalled them gushing about staying above a little perfumery as the highlight of their trip. It sounded magical to me. From that point forward, I completely changed the way I traveled, always seeking out the special places to stay at, the local boutiques to shop at, and the restaurants that sincerely cared about what they served.
The building opposite the Coqui Coqui entrance
A lovely package of Coqui Coqui goodies
Breakfast served out on the terrace – I especially loved their selection of teas made of local tree leaves and bark!
The location was absolutely perfect, situated on a lively but quiet street that cut across diagonally directly to the centre square. Stepping out of the residence, you were immediately greeted by the grandest stone building (the first image in the post) fronted by a large field. Making a left, we’d be greeted by colourful rows of buildings, with boutique shops and little cafes dotted throughout. I especially loved the La Trupe store, where I picked up a beautiful black lined wrap skirt, that you can see me wearing above. It was, without a doubt, the perfect way to end our road trip through the Yucatan.