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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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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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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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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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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Izamal is called the "Yellow City" and the "City of Hills" as the buildings are painted yellow and there looks to be several hills in the otherwise flat Yucatan. But the rocky hills with patches of green are actually pyramids and other ruins. Up close you can see the stones of the ruins and the largest of the pyramids is... More

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Sussex, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Interesting ruin site. A mix of "what was" and "what is". The convent is built upon of what was left of a Mayan ruin. One still gets a strong sense of what it was in the past. Fortunately one of the ruins is left standing that you can still climb. You get a stong sense of two cultures. Let your... More

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Huge pyramid right by the town center which you can climb. It's very uneven so you need decent shoes. Nice views of the town and surrounding countryside from the top

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