4.5 based on 499 reviews
For me interesting architecture and great vistas, but honestly, if your limited on time, I would skip Izamal, the Yellow City, altogether.
4 based on 267 reviews
Headquarters of Bishop Landa, the friar who both destroyed the ancient Mayan civilization by burning its codexes, and preserved it for posterity by providing the only written documentation of Mayan society.
The yellow town of Izamal (painted that colour in honour of a visit by The Pope in 1993 and carried on now with the council supplying the paint and owners the workforce.) is built around a massive largely unexplored Mayan site. With about 20 buildings still standing. It has one of the largest known pyramids in the Yucatan with regard to circumference. If you want to see a site in it's natural state, covered mostly in vegetation and largely ignored by the local population who have probably used the stones to build their town, which completely surrounds the site, then this is ideal. There is a massive convent dominating the skyline which was built by the conquering Spaniards by demolishing a Mayan temple right on top of a pyramid. I found it fairly awe inspiring as I’m sure the local Catholic population was intended to see it. Some people find it offensive to destroy ancient civilizations but sadly that’s how history works, we can’t keep the status quo forever as much as we would wish to.
4.5 based on 87 reviews
Centro Cultural y Artesanal have collected wonderful examples of mexican art not only from Yucatan but from all Mexico; beautiful, amazing pieces worth seeing and at the end or the beginning the gift shop where you can find the perfect gift for you or a loved one.
4 based on 104 reviews
The Konica Kak Moo pyramid is astounding. When you're walking around the town it's difficult to really gain an idea of how massive the pyramid really is, but once you enter the little park in which it's situated, the way it dominates the landscape around it is made very clear.
Climbing to the top is not for the faint-hearted or those who are not so sure footed, but the view from the top is magical.
4.5 based on 62 reviews
The atrium to the Convent is the second largest in the world after the Vatican. This is truly colonial Gem worth visiting. The yellow colors of the town and convent are quite dramatic in the afternoon at sunset enhancing the experience. The Virgin in the temple is revered by locals and visiting the annual celebrations is a worthwhile experience. Izamal in general is one of the prettiest towns in all of Yucatan.
4 based on 28 reviews
Average market ... there are better markets in YUC and elsewhere in MX! It is pretty decent for a small town market and the smoothies we had were quite nice and fairly priced but there is not much variety which you can get at bigger markets in Mérida etc. Only if you need a bite to eat really.
5 based on 9 reviews
This store has a wonderful selection of authentic and reasonably priced Mexican craft, clothing, and collectibles. Much of what you see as you travel thru Mexico can be a little "touristy" but this store is the real thing. The owner has lived in Mexico for decades and she knows her stuff. You'll get personal attention, as much info as you want, and good prices.
I bought a beautiful embroidered blouse from Oaxaca and a carved jaguar---carved by a local artist.
Don't miss this place. Izamal is a cool place to go and this place makes it even better. (Note, it's not easy to spot from the plaza. Look for the hotel, and the entrance is just inside the little arcade entrance.
4.5 based on 3 reviews
The Center of Iammal was founded in 2007 as a cultural center and training space, CCAI is also the first job opportunity for young Izamal people. It has five business units: Museum of Great Artists of Contemporary Art and sisal-producing haciendas, Taller Maya handicraft store, coffee shop, Spa and bike rental. In 2009, we promoted and funded INAH's participation in restoring the Kabul Pyramid loc
One of the most interesting shops to visit in Izamal - if you want to learn more about traditional craft henequien. Lady is a good source of information ad also knows how to use fiber obtained from special kind of agave which used to be one of the main sources of income on Yucatan.
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