Top 8 Things to do in Izamal, Mexico

January 12, 2018 Alida England

Izamal (Spanish  [isama'l] (help·info)) is a small city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, 72 km (about 40 miles) east of state capital Mérida, in southern Mexico.
Restaurants in Izamal

1. El Atrio del Convento de Izamal

Izamal, Mexico
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 499 reviews

El Atrio del Convento de Izamal

Reviewed By Alfredo J - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

For me interesting architecture and great vistas, but honestly, if your limited on time, I would skip Izamal, the Yellow City, altogether.

2. Izamal Ruins

Izamal, Mexico
Excellent
42%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 267 reviews

Izamal Ruins

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.

Reviewed By FerringFairy - Worthing, United Kingdom

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.

3. Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal

31 | 30 Y 32, Izamal 97540, Mexico +52 988 954 1012
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal

Reviewed By MaleSolis - Merida Mx

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. Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo

Calle 27 entre 26B y 28, Izamal, Izamal, Mexico
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 104 reviews

Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo

Reviewed By Lizi S

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.

5. Convento de San Antonio de Padua

Calle 31, Izamal, Mexico
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Convento de San Antonio de Padua

Reviewed By Clevlander - Springfield, Illinois

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.

6. Big Mercado

Izamal, Izamal, Mexico
Excellent
41%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Big Mercado

Reviewed By METRUN360

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.

7. Hecho a Mano

Calle 31-A, on the Plaza, Izamal, Mexico
Excellent
78%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 9 reviews

Hecho a Mano

Reviewed By gringa04915 - Cambridge

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.

8. Taller Maya

Calle 31 #201 | Centro Historico, Izamal 97540, Mexico +52 55 5257 0097
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Taller Maya

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

Reviewed By izi f - Ljubljana, Slovenia

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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