Izamal Travel Guide

  • Izamal
    Izamal
    by Twan
  • Izamal
    Izamal
    by Twan
  • Izamal
    Izamal
    by Twan

Izamal Things to Do

  • visit the near twon hoctum

    visit the church, the main square, the municipality, the local store. Hoctun, a town in the middle of the road Her name means pure, traditional, where the stone is started, as the result of the voices Hoc, uprooting or safar and tun, stone. Its foundation was started from 1821 when Yucatan declares independence from the Spanish Crown.

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  • Horse & buggy tour around town

    This is a great way to see the town and the acheological sites. If you go by foot the sites are a fair distance and it's HOT here, so it's well worth the 80 pesos for 1/2 hour. Your guide will give you explanations in Spanish and then drop you off wherever you want, you can get out and take photos.The buggies are covered so you are out of the...

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  • The 3 hills of Izamal

    Izamal, according to legend, was founded by Itzamna ("Dew from Heaven"), later revered as a sky god. When he died his body was divided into 3 parts which were then buried under the three hills in Izamal. Three temples were built on these hills and Izamal became a place of pilgrimage, from all over the country.My guide book was VERY vague but I had...

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  • Convento de San Antonio de Padua

    When the Spaniards arrived in Izamal theyu destroyed Popul-Chac pyramid, the major Mayan temple. With it's stones they built Convento de San Antonio de Padua, one of the first monasteries in the Western hemisphere. The build started in 1533 and was completed in 1561.The principle church is the Santuario de la Virgen de Izamal. On 15th August every...

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  • Interior of convent

    The Convent of San Antonio de Padua in Izamal a destination for Catholics making a pilgrimage to pray at the feel of Lady of Izamal. The interior is austere, except for the ornate guilded area around the altar.

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  • Franciscan Convent

    Located in the center of town is the Convent of San Antonio de Padua. It's a magnificent building in terms of size, architecture and mustard yellow color against a bright blue sky. The Convent was built on top of a Mayan temple, and many stones in the temple were used for construction of the convent. In some places, it is possible to fine carved...

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  • Explore the Yellow

    Izamal is a very walkable city. It's possible to see most of the sights on foot. This picture shows the central park in Izamal, which is a pretty little park next to the convent. It is not visable in this picture, but just beyond the park is one of the ancient Mayan structures - there are several around the town center. The city of Izamal was built...

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  • Evidence of Importance of the Sun &...

    The vibrant and beautiful Yellow color of the city of Izamal evident in the walls of streets and houses has historical significance. From what a local who himself was half Mayan told us, the color yellow signifies the color of 1) The SUN 2) The CORNboth of which were extremely important to the Mayans. How much truth there is to this fact, I would...

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  • Kinich Kak Mo Pyramid of Izamal

    Kinich Kak Mo pyramid of Izamal is a short walk from the Monastary and it is open daily with no admission. It is a huge pyramid, not so well maintained and excavated as some of the other pyramids of the Yucatan region but its size is amazing. Getting to the top of the pyramid involves a graudal but stiff climb over several levels since it consists...

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  • Inside the Monastary of San Antonio de...

    This picture is taken inside of the Monastary of San Antonio de Padua. It was a beautiful scene as we entered and saw some locals sitting on the benches praying as there was no mass going on. The Monastary of the Convent house as it is called often is said to be built where there was a Mayan Pyramid in 16th century by the Fransiscans who came to...

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  • Monastary of San Antonio De Padua

    The Monastary or the Convent house is situated across the city square. As you go up the stairs, passed the gates and into the courtyard, you come across a big courtyard infront of which is the church. The courtyard is beautifully painted with yellow walls and yellow columns hence the color of the city. Inside the courtyard by the church's...

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  • A Plaza in Izamal near Convent House

    Neighboring the Convent house in Izamal is this little plaza with the statue of Monk Fray Diego the Larna with the yellow buildings of the city of Izamal surrounding it. When the Spanairds first came to Mexico and the city of Izamal, they had missions of converting the Mayans to Christianity. Hence they destroyed many old Mayan pyramids and...

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Izamal Restaurants

  • Comida Regional

    Los Mestizos is a charming little restaurant, patronized by locals and tourists alike, featuring regoinal cuisine. The restaurant serves chicken, pork and meat dishes, and it was a bit different than the regional cusine we found in Merida. It was delicious and I recommend this place. There are not a lot of cafes and restaurants to choose from in...

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  • One of the Best of Yucatan

    One of the best in the whole of Yucatan for classic traditional dishes, presented at their best in all their variety. It's also very pretty with tables around a shaded garden and the shade was the best because it was a very hot and sunny day when we were there..Fresh tortillas made by the woman out on the patio ( one can go and observe if...

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Izamal Transportation

  • Hire Victorias To see the City

    Izamal is a small enough city to see by walking around but if you're in the mood to relax a bit and give your weary legs a rest, you can hire victorias or the horse-drawn carriages for a few dollars to ride around and see the city. We never did try to seat on the victorias since we had a rent-a-car and we were in the mood to walk around but I don't...

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  • Getting there and around

    There is a bus that leaves from the Oriente station in Merida and goes to Izamal.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you visit Izamal as a day-trip from Merida. The town doesn't have much to offer other then a good half-day worth of activities.

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Izamal Local Customs

  • The Yucatecan Bicycle

    These 3 wheeled bicycles are a very popular mode of transportation around the Yucatan. They are the reverse of a tricycle: on the Yucaecan bicycle, two wheels are in the front supporting a cart, and the third wheel is in the back. The deluxe version is powered by a motor scooter in the back. When I was researching Izamal on the internet, I read,...

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  • Yellow is Evident EVERYWHERE!!!

    As I were taking a picture of this street scene to demonstrate the yellow walls of the street, I noticed not only the truck was colored yellow but the scooter the man is driving is also yellow.. And is he wearing a yellow shirt as well?? To say the least, everything is this city is colored yellow.. Weather it be the color of the sun or be it the...

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Izamal Warnings and Dangers

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    by karenincalifornia Updated Jan 23, 2007

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    I've mentioned in other tips that it is tough being a vegetarian in Yucatan State. Most restaurants do not have "vegetarian options". Some places might have queso fundido and handmade tortillas, or papadzules (a Yucatecan appetizer), but as a general rule most places do not have vegetarian entrees. On our first night, I didn't know what I was ordering, and got chicken. (I didn't see the word "pollo" anywhere.) On New Years' Eve, the restaurant with its prix fixe menu couldn't accommodate my request for no meat or fish. I even asked them to just bring me a plate of the steamed vegetables and I'd pay the same prix fixe, nothing fancy - the very same vegetables that accompanied the meat dishes - just no meat, but that was unheard of. They could not take the meat/fish off the plate. So on New Years Eve I ordered salmon and ate everything but the fish. In Celestun there was nothing on the menu that was vegetarian other than a cheese omelet, but I broke ranks and ordered ceviche (which was outstanding).

    In Izamal, at Los Mestizos, the menu had English translations. I ordered the only item on the menu that appeared to be vegetarian. It had ingredients like onions, tortillas, peppers, cream and jam. OK, I know it sounds strange, but at least it was vegetarian. Or so I thought. Well, the jam was really ham. Ooops, typo there in the menu. So much for the English translation.

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Izamal What to Pack

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    by darthmilmo Written Mar 5, 2003

    Miscellaneous: Tip, do not carry a pepper-spray on you on the hot humid weather of the Yucatan peninsula. I had one with me on my fanny-pack when it burst open and spilled all over my leg. Not a good sight. Nope, no hospitalization required, just get on the shower and wash the pepper away. It's irritating as hell though. Thank god it wasn't a bit above the affected region, for that would have hurt much more :).

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Izamal Favorites

  • Pick Up a Copy of "YUCATAN TODAY"

    As you arrive to Merida or any of the cities in the Yucatan Region in Mexico such as Valladolid or Izamal, you will benefit a lot from a magazine called "YUCATAN TODAY" which you can find at Tourist Information Centers or sometimes in the streets placed in magazine holders. This magazine is FREE of charge and lists local merchants as well as a list...

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  • Local Guidence Not a Necessity but Helps

    Originally, we had preparted ourselves for a self guided tour of the city since we had read several tour books on the area and considered ourselves as know it all when we arrived to Izamal, the yellow city. Meeting Gabriel in the Convent House and using his knowledge of the area, where he was born and has lived all of his life turned out to be a...

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  • Enjoying the local life in the streets

    Experiencing local life is one of the best free gifts one can get when traveling.. There is simply beauty in watching locals go about their every day life.. I am sure many of travelers will share the same view on this.. We enjoyed watching this man peel mangos one by one on his bicycle as people walking by him would purchase and enjoy their fruit...

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