Welcome to Izamal

Mexico has 35 towns that are considered magical and one of them is here in Yucatán… just 45 minutes from Merida. Izamal is one of Yucatan’s two magical towns (the other is Valladolid). What makes a town magical? According to the requirements to be considered magical by the Mexican government, the town or city must be small with rich historical tradition. It must be near other touristically interesting sites or large cities, be accessible with good highways and roads, and there must be willingness by the locals to develop the project. What makes Izamal a magical town? Just enter the town and that question will be answered. The first thing that any visitor notices is that the town is painted yellow… all the colonial buildings, the market, the huge convent, everything! The next things that stand out are the cobblestone streets and the iron lampposts that give the town a tranquil ambiance. To visit Izamal is to visit a city/town that is alive with three cultures – the ancient Maya, the colonial, and the present day bustling Izamal. Izamal is a monument of color, history and pride that can be felt in its streets and buildings. Art, music, and gastronomy are all around you! Called the City of Hills and located right in the middle of the Yucatán Peninsula, Izamal may be the oldest city in Yucatán. Izamal was conquered by the Spaniards, and the monks in their eagerness to convert the Indians to Catholicism gave the city its religious distinction. To this day, Izamal’s people are very devoted to the Immaculate Virgin.

Top Tours & Activities in Izamal

6 Days Of Diverse Yucatán Tour

Chichén Itzá It is a habitat for the largest flock of flamingos in Mexico. In addition, we have identified 395 different bird species in ría Lagartos biosphere reserve, boat ride (2-2:30 hrs in duration) for the mangroves on the estuary of the reserve to observe flamingos, other species of birds and crocodiles.

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From Mérida: Guided Excursion To Izamal With Light And Sound Show

The pre-Hispanic city was occupied approximately from the year 300 before our era, until very close to the time of the Spanish conquest, since the chronicles of Fray Diego de Landa already tells the greatness of its buildings. Currently, the most important building is the Kinich Kak Moo temple or Great Pyramid, which stands out for its height.

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From Mérida: Full-Day Guided Excursion To Chichén Itzá, Cenote Ikkil And Izamal

Visit and learn more about one of the wonders of the modern world and then cool off in the crystal clear waters of a cenote. Tour to Chichén Itzá, one of the 7 New Wonders of the Modern World, ancient capital of the Mayan Empire and the most important archaeological zone of Mexico. Dare to know the past and discover the most important cultural center of the Mayan civilization.

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From Mérida: Full-Day Tour To Izamal And Santa Barbara

Walk in the incredible streets of the famous yellow city of Izamal, discover more of its history and relax in the crystalline waters of a cenote of Santa Barbara. An amazing day visiting unforgettable attractions!

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From Mérida: Full-Day Tour To Izamal, The City Of The Three Cultures

In this town, called the city of the three cultures, traces of the pre-Hispanic past, the colonial era and contemporary life are combined. Among its attractions there are five pyramids, the most important Kinich Kakmo.Visit the Ex-Convent of San Antonio de Padua, another of the main sites of interest, built with the stones of a Mayan construction on which it stands.

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Language
Spanish
Currency
Mexico Peso
Time Zone
UTC-5
Country Phone Code
+52
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