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Murals line a corridor at Valladolid, Yucatán’s municipal palace. Photo: Getty

Valladolid, Yucatán — A city loved by day-trippers is trying to attract more of those elusive overnight tourists.

Today, the City Council begins its second week of free, guided night tours.

Video mapping, a high-tech sound and light show, floods Valladolid’s former convent. Photo: Courtesy

Visitors are led by foot through several of Valladolid’s attractions, and told of their history and relevance. The program is expected to continue through the summer holiday.

Already, the city sponsors nighttime “videomapping” — a high-tech light show — on the former convent of San Bernardino of Siena.

The tour begins at 7 p.m. in Municipal Palace, where murals on the second floor are explained to visitors.

The Cathedral of Valladolid at night. Photo: Getty

The tour also includes the Museum of the City and the parish of San Servacio. It continues at the Calzada de los Frailes — a traditional Colonial street with restored properties — where they visit a chocolate factory whose staff explains their processes.

Then they visit two Mayan houses, and finally approach the former convent of San Bernardino de Siena, in time for the “videomapping” light show.

The tour lasts about two hours.

So far, the city reports a good — not great — response, with groups of only around 10 materializing each night. Constant rain has discouraged visitors from leaving their dry hotel rooms.

Source: Diario de Yucatán

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