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Address: Izamal, Mexico
Description: Headquarters of Bishop Landa, the friar who both destroyed the ancient...
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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Able to climb up to very top

We climbed up to top but beware...no guard or hand rails and it is a very long way to fall! It reminded me of the pyramids at Giza. When. Was there years ago people climbed on to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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Merida, Mexico
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Compared to other Mayan Ruins, this is just one 'building' so not as impressive yet it is still interesting in that the steps can be climbed and the view of the area taken in. Our guide taught us how to climb these stairs easily and my tip is to follow his advice, it makes a huge difference ... walk up... More 

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful place, especially for travellers interested in Maya archaeology. The whole town is gorgeous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The small plaza is mesmerizing. Everything is painted yellow in honor of Pope St. Paul 2nd when he came to apologized to the Mayans for the inquisition. Once you get to the ruins is a hard climb up since the stairs are kind of ruin but is worth the climb! It's beautiful! Once your done you could walk back to... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

You must climb to the top of this pyramid for the breathtaking view of the surroundung landscape. DO NOT WEAR FLIP-FLOPS! There is one very steep ascent and descent. Historical marker right of Calle 26

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Merida, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We climbed up to top but beware...no guard or hand rails and it is a very long way to fall! It reminded me of the pyramids at Giza. When. Was there years ago people climbed on to them now it is forbidden I believe. I wonder if this should be the same in order to secure our heritage. My imagination... More 

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Merida, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

These are nice to see in conjuction with other sites such as Uxmal since they are not restored and you need your imagination to complete the image of what they would have been. The plus, you can scale all of them without barriers.

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Hilders, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Located in between the houses and not in good shape. Not restored like most of the other yucatan ruins.

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Toluca, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

kinich piramid is the one most interesting and still can find items lying on the ground on some sites ,, not valuable items ,, but original pieces of mayan culture ,, ..

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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Izamal is on our list of must. Sees for all of our house guests. We live in merida so it's an easy trip by car. When you enter and go through the turnstile, and walk up the gradual slope with stairs to the top, the pyramid is revealed and every one of our guests have stood with open mouths speechless... More 

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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The ruins are free to visit although one of them is located on private property and inaccessible. The sheer size of the platform bases is astounding when you consider the work involved in construction.

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Address: Izamal, Mexico
Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Yucatan  >  Izamal

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