Izamal is one of the so-called Magic towns of Mexico, a town with an undeniable charm. Izamal is almost mandatory stop for the traveler who approaches the Yucatan Peninsula.

A Izamal it is known as the city of the three cultures by the combination of its pre-Hispanic past, the colonial period and the current epoch. It is popularly known as the yellow townWhen you visit it, it will be easy for you to know why, and it will not be long before you realize what magic. Izamal is special.

Izamal is cataloged as Magic Town of Mexico, for keeping alive their traditions and their urban beauty.


Izamal It is a quiet village imbued with humble and affable Yucatec character, where we breathe a leisurely time that we only manage to feel in some towns. The izamaleños want to chat with the foreigner with the sincere education of making you feel at home, proud of Izamal.

Izamal, Yucatan

A little history of Izamal

The arrival of the colonizers in the 16th century transformed the well-known Itzamná, One ancient Mayan cities most important of the Peninsula, in a colonial-style Catholic town. The settlements chosen by the colonizers were about ancient Mayan cities, to build the new history erasing the traces of the past.

In ancient Itzamná were some of the most imposing Mayan pyramids of the Yucatan Peninsula. The Franciscans, who had power clash with the other Catholic orders, chose this place to build the monumental Convent of San Antonio de Padua, with one of the largest atriums in America. Erasing, improving and overcoming the past, unquestionable power of the victors.

El Convent of San Antonio de Padua they built it with the stones extracted from the ancient Mayan temples, just as the conquerors throughout the ages, it is a practice military usual: you destroy the old to create the new, and in passing you avoid leaving memories to the old settlers.

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Convent of San Antonio de Padua s.XVI
View of Izamal from Kinich Kak Moo

What to do in Izamal?

WALKS IN CALESA: a way to know narrated stories from the hand of a local, is to give a ride in buggy through the village. Even knowing that it is an activity that affects the local cooperatives, I'm not friends with this type of activities with animals, because of how bad the horses are on the asphalt.

Izamal, Yucatan

VISIT THE CONVENT: Convent San Antonio de Padua is the tourist icing in Izamal. This Franciscan convent, where young people are still trained as priests, is a must. Sis forms, the beautiful atrium, its color, makes it a color with very attractive features to photograph. It is an attractive building, and its façade facing west gives you some luxury sunsets.

Convent of San Antonio de Padua Open from 6 to 20 hours. Free entrance.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL ZONES: in the town we find some vestiges of Mayan ruins, the best known enclosure is the one of Kinich Kak Moo. From the highest pyramid you have great views of Izamal. Admission is free, so without excuses, to climb to the top of Izamal.

Kinich Kak Moo Open from 8 to 17 hours. Free entrance.

Kinich Kak Moo archeological site

CALLEJEAR: there is almost no better population in Yucatan that invites you to wander around like Izamal does: cobbled streets, tranquility and the little traffic that there is in the historic center make Izamal a joy.

A Izamal neighbors from other towns arrive to the convent of San Antonio de Padua to celebrate their wedding, quinceañeras, the baptism of a relative. Izamal is a place dyed traditions and with a rich cultural life that the locals keep constantly alive. The calendar in Izamal tour around the religion, celebrate all the religious festivities of the year

There is always an event that steals your time while walking

It is the best way to soak up the place, walking, distracting on the street, talking, visiting stores. There are several very nice crafts, some cultural center, exhibitions, simple details on the street. Walk and enjoy Izamal.

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Quinceañera celebrating her day at the Convent of San Antonio de Padua
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Many come from visit during the day, coming from other populations like Valladolid y Merida. For me Izamal is to live it with a pause. In Izamal one becomes entangled without realizing it, you will discover that charm of which its squares speak, the churches, its people, its streets, the artisans. Chatting for a while and exchanging views with the villagers is a nice way to be.

Covento of San Antonio de Padua s.XVI, Izamal

Where to eat in Izamal:

En Izamal You can also enjoy the local gastronomy, tasting the street food as it is Mexican tradition, or approaching one of the restaurants of Yucatecan food, like the Kinich restaurant y The Mestizos. The first with peninsular fame.

In the morning you can go to the breakfast, as many locals do.


Where to stay in Izamal

I like Izamal, I have visited it numerous times, and many of them have spent the night. Izamal has a wide and varied hotel offer to find your ideal option. To make your search easier we write an entry about where to sleep in Izamal, We hope you find it useful.


Izamal has a thousand reasons to see it with a fond fondness, it reminds me of my grandparents. It is a beautiful place where you can see how to live this serene Yucatan that I adore so much.

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LOCATION: Izamal is located at 71 kilometers from Merida. Mérida-Cancún highway, detour at km 45. 45 minutes by car. It is well indicated, you must take the road towards Cancun and Chichén.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Collective transportation from Mérida on 50 street between 65 and 67 (1h) and from Valladolida daily bus leaves (2 hours).
TIPS: try to coincide with some religious celebration to see the atmosphere. Some of the most notable celebrations: 22 August Coronation of the Virgin, 18 October Holy Christ Black and 8 December Virgin of Izamal. On Sundays they do different cultural events in the Plaza.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE NEAR? In addition to Merida y Valladolid, you have near the Route of the Convents, Hacienda Aké, the zone of Dzilam Bravo and many spectacular cenotes await you here. Those of Cuzamá they are one of them, in Homun There are dozens. The archaeological sites of Ake, Mayapan y Chichén Itzá.
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