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Izamal Ruins

Izamal, Mexico
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8-Day Yucatan Peninsula: Small-Group Tour from...
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Ranked #3 of 6 Attractions in Izamal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Headquarters of Bishop Landa, the friar who both destroyed the...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: 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.
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Holland
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219 reviews 219 reviews
50 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

It is one of the very few places in Yucatan where you are allowed ther climb the piramide. The view was excellent. We like the town with all its yellow coloured houses. Spend some hours here to enjoy this very original little town.

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San Jose, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Izamal as a whole is a magical city. A good, nicely preserved (and restored) colonial town, with great places to stroll around. There are horse-rides available throughout the city which give an even better vibe. A couple of ruins are in the proximity where you can climb up and see panoramic views. Perfect for spending a couple of hours in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Right in town, easy little walk and worth climbing up for the view- we had the place to ourselves. Although this was a comparatively small site, each one is special

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Izamal, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Even though the magnificent sculptures that reportedly once adorned their site are probably now housed in the archives of some museum, the powerful energy still exists in this ancient ceremonial center. It's great to meditate on top of some of the pyramids still remaining here, undid turned by throngs of tourists.

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Altadena, California
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16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The cool thing about these ruins is that they're in the middle of the small town of Ixmal just blocks from the main square and the historical convent which is the main attraction. You can walk to them yourself or hire one of the horse carriages on the square to take you around. Ixmal is great stop for a couple... More 

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A beautiful place to explore the pyramids, have a great meal, and visit with local artisans via horse carriage

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Cancun, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Considered the largest temple in the Yucatan peninsula. We took a horse carriage for one hour and we highly advise you to do it at sunset, as the light for pictures is great and the heat is gone, so you really enjoy the ride. Our guide stopped here and he explained in detail about it.

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Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Nice place to visit. everything is painted yellow. The Convent is the main atraction and is very nice to look at but not longer than 30 min. When in Izamal look for the artisan workshops, where you can buy nice inexpensive original souvenirs, like papermache butterflies, hand carved wooden animals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It takes about 2 hours by horse carriage and guide to see all the ruins within Izamal city limits. These are well preserved and maintained sites. Each site has signage for those visiting alone. You may still climb the pyramids here. The largest pyramid gives spectacular views of the city and convent.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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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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