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  • Address: Izamal, The Yucatan, Mexico
Izamal is an aesthetically vibrant town with ancient pyramids standing tall alongside an old Spanish monastery and town buildings painted in yellow hues. These pyramids are believed to have been built between 600 AD and 800 AD and are especially important due to the fact that they were once a ceremonial center of the Mayan civilization. The most famous – and largest – of the pyramids is Kinich Kak Mo, a holy site built for the Mayan sun god. 

After the Spanish settled here in the 16th century, the structure of Izamal took an interesting turn. The Spaniards simply reconstructed the existing Mayan buildings instead of tearing them down, and as a result, the famous yellow Franciscan Monastery is actually built on top of the Mayan acropolis. Many of the churches built in town also used stones from existing Mayan sites, so it is very interesting to walk around the Izamal ruins and see the two different periods of time coexisting so prominently. 

Practical Info

Izamal is easy to reach from Merida, which is just 45 miles away, but can also be accessed via a day trip from Cancun, which is three and half hours away.

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Izamal City Tour with Light and Sound Show, Merida, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Izamal City Tour with Light and Sound Show

Enjoy a visit to Izamal and see the main sights. Then, visit the Franciscan convent to enjoy a Light and Sound show. Your tour includes entrance fees, a ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.50
Izamal Full-Day City Tour from Merida, Merida, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Izamal Full-Day City Tour from Merida

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Review

Visit Izamal, the city of the hills, located just in the center of the Yucatan Peninsula. See this ancient colonial city and find some pyramids such as Kinich ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Private Tour: Magic Town of Izamal Day Trip, Merida, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Tour: Magic Town of Izamal Day Trip

Enjoy a private tour to visit Izamal, the city of the "Three Cultures", so called, because it collects the three stages: Prehispanic, Colonial and ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $88.00
Chichen Itza Day Trip with Breakfast, Lunch, Cenote Swim and Valladolid from Cancun, Cancun, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Chichen Itza Day Trip with Breakfast, Lunch, Cenote Swim and Valladolid from Cancun

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Get to know one of the new 7 wonders of the world during this full-day tour of Chichen Itza and Valladolid. Admire the iconic Kukulkan Pyramid, also known as ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.99

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