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Izamal Ruins

Izamal, Mexico
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Izamal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: Izamal is literally and figuratively the heart of the Mayan world.  This great city was the home of Itzamna, the originator of Mayan culture.  The... more »
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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172 reviews 172 reviews
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Very authentic and spiritual, from the Iglesia to the Pyramid and the jewelry making demonstration at a nearby shop (where the jewelry maker even sung to us in the Mayan language). What a great experience.

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England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Kinich Kakmo is the largest pyramid on the Yucatan peninsular, covering approximately 10 acres. It is interesting in that the city is built around it with houses built along the base. There is a great deal of excavation still to be done, but it is worth seeing if you are in Izamal.

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Saint Nicolas, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The ruins of Izamal are free of charge, yet this building did not leave me in awe. This might be something to visit if it is your first piramid but certainly not if you have seen Chichen Itza before. It is in the centre of the town so you can just pass by and check for yourself, but it is... More

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Bad Reichenhall, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Izamal was the first settlement in Yucatan peninsula. therefor you will find a big amount of Mayan structures in town , althought not all are open to public because many are located in peoples backyard. But there are at least 5 structures you can vist and climb up, the biggest in all of Yucatan us called Kinich Kaak moo in... More

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Longueuil, Canada
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183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

You visit Izamal for the Convent, not for the Mayan ruins....But since you're in town, why not take a look at them? The one thing one can say about the ruins is that they are huge...probably one of the largest pyramid in the Yucatan...but not much is left of them and moreover, they are more or less off limits to... More

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Shanghai, Chine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The town of Izamal was build around (over?)the existing mayan city and religious sites, which were just as large originally as Chichen Itza, it seems. What you see now are pyramids which are surrounded by houses, but which are accessible. After visiting Chichen Itza, what a pleasure to be able to climb all the way up and get a real... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

What a gem. Did not expect to see Catholic Monastery and Mayan ruins intertwined. It was a great find. The carriage ride is the best way to see the city. Park your car and hop it.

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Chicxulub, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Izamal is a beautiful colonial town in the state of Yucatan. Its two main attractions are the convent and the pyramids. The pyramids themselves are not restored but do make for an interesting viewing if seen from a horse drawn carriage, which can be hired off the street for about $200 pesos or 17 Us dollars if you bargain. The... More

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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We took a horse drawn carriage around the town and visited the various ruins, which are small but interesting

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Caterham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

If you visit Izamal then you must visit the ruins. The largest ruin is worth a climb as when you get to the top there's another pyramid to see. The ruin is climbable on most sides - i chose the hardest before finding the easy route up purpose-built steps! It's free too.

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