Izamal

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Izamal, Mexico

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geisenpeter geisenpe…
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the undiscovered colonial town Jul 16, 2010
Izamal is more than a day trip, if you really want to explore this jewel of history. The most famous attraction is still the convent which was founded by Franciscan monks. It was build on top of a Mayan pyramid and is made out of handcrafted stones from destroyed Mayan buildings. There is a sound and light show in the atrium of the convent at night.

Still, today you can see many Mayan buildings as well colonial buildings which are made out of original pyramid materials.

One of the biggest Mayan structures is located in Izamal, the Kinich Kak Mo pyramid which is dedicated to the Mayan sun god. The base is bigger than the well known Kukulkan pyramid in Chichen Itza. Several smaller structures are spread out over the town and some people have still ancient Mayan structures in their backyard. As well the hotel we stayed in, the Romantic Hotel Santo Domingo has ancient Mayan structures and an old Mayan well on their property. Parts of this former Hacienda property was built out of Mayan limestone’s. www.izamalhotel.com

There are recovering ongoing on several Mayan structures in town. Another attraction are the horse carriages, called "calessas" which are still the public transportation in Izamal. You can rent them as well by hour and doing a city tour , visiting the artisans workshops and learn new things about Mayan life today. The surrounding of Izamal is very interesting as well. Many old Haciendas are located few minute drive from town. You can see old, abundant Haciendas, working Haciendas and as well beautiful renovated Haciendas like the Hacienda Sac Nicte, which is operated as a luxury hotel now. www.haciendasacnicte.com Many open and underground Cenotes are hidden in the jungle, ask your host about. The owners of Romantic Hotel Santo Domingo do have a Cenote to explore and they know as well several others. Ask for a tour to old Mayan mines where they excavated the material to build the structures in Izamal. Later the Spanish used this mines to make their colonial houses in Izamal. Visit Mayan families and see their daily life, eat some Tamales with them and enjoy the nature around their villages.

Izamal is located in the middle of Yucatan. From here you are able to make daytrips to visit the most famous Yucatan attractions. Chichen Itza is just 45 minutes away, Merida ( 50 min) is good for a daytrip also, you don’t need to stay in the busy city, go back to Izamal in the evening and enjoy the tranquility of this charming town. Uxmal, Kabah, Mayapan, and many more well known Mayan sites are just one to two hours away from Izamal.

If you are interested in bird watching you can see Flamingos and many other species in the natural preserve in Dzilam de Bravo, just 50 minutes from Izamal on the coast of Yucatan. We saw as well crocodiles there. Renting a car is a good idea to explore Yucatan and the Caribbean coast. Cars are inexpensive and roads are good now a day. Plenty of gas stations now (was different when I came first to Yucatan )

If you want to spend some days at the Caribbean coast I would recommend to see the Costa Maya with up growing village of Majahual. North of Majahual you still find lonely beaches which is gone on the other Mexican Caribbean destinations like the Riviera Maya and Cancun area. I recommend to stay at the small hotel" Mayan Beach Garden" which is located 20 km north of Majahual. It’s a very quiet and wonderful place located direct at the beach. Just 4 hours from Izamal. Make reservations since there are just 6 rooms www.mayanbeachgarden.com
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geokid geokid
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Izamal Feb 23, 2009
Izamal is 40 miles East of Mérida, Yucatán, at 20.93° North X 89.02° West. The modern town of Izamal is a small city, with a population of 18,000 individuals. Modern Izamal nick name is "The Yellow City" because most of its buildings are painted yellow. Izamal is also known as "The City of Hills", the hills are not part of the natural terrain, this "hills" are all overgrown ancient Mayan structures. Izamal has been continuously occupied since 2200 BC. Ancient Izamal was probably the biggest city on the Northern Yucatec Plain during the Classic period. It covered more than 25 square miles. Its monumental buildings exceeded 1,000,000 cubic yards of volume. Izamal controlled over 2,500 square miles of territory. Izamal developed a construction system utilizing megalithic carved blocks, buildings with rounded exterior corners and projected moldings. Izamal was partially abandoned with the rise of Chichen Itza in the Terminal Classic (800 AD to 1000 AD). After the arrival of the Spanish, Izamal was considered a site of pilgrimages in the region, rivaled only by Chichen Itza. Twenty structures remain of the site from the Classic period, most of these structures surrounds the largest and best preserved, Kinich-Kak-Moo ("The Sun as the Red Macaw"). Kinich-Kak-Moo is the largest and best preserved. This pyramid is 670 feet by 615 feet. The base of Kinich Kak Mo covers over 2 acres of ground and has a volume of more than 710,000 cubic yards. sitting on top of Kinich-Kak-Moo base is a stepped pyramid of 10 levels. Four other huge Pre-Columbian structures are still easily visible at Izamal. To the south-east of Kinich-Kak-Moo is another great temple, "Itzamatul" located on the south side of the main main plaza. Another huge building, "Ppap Hol Chak" Partially destroyed when used as building materials by the Spanish to construct the Franciscan Mission during the 16th Century. On the southwest side of the main plaza was another pyramid, "Hun Pik Tok", and to the west is a temple known as "Kabul". There originally where great stucco masks on the facade of this structure. One was still present when Frederick Catherwood visited Izamal in the 1840's. Fortuantely he made a detailed drawing. Unfortunately Catherwood did not always accurately depict Maya structures. There are a number of important residential buildings which have been restored and can be visited. They are Xtul "The Rabbit", Habuc and Chaltun Ha. Izamal original spread over 26 square miles. Two sacbe "white road" exit the city for Ake and Kantunil, 15 and 9 miles away respectively. Izamal control more than 2500 square miles of territory. Currently archaeologists at Izamal have documented over 163 archaeologically important structures, and more than 3,000 residential structures.
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