MAGIC TOWNS IN YUCATAN

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Magic Towns of Yucatán

Yucatán is a region of the country that protects great natural and cultural treasures that are very important to the country, two places that perfectly exemplify the importance of Yucatán in the history of Mexico are its magical towns, Izamal and Valladolid, two destinations that in its streets they protect all the magic of Yucatan.

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Valladolid
Valladolid

It is a beautiful colonial city, located strategically between the city of Merida (two hours) and the city of Cancún, 40 km away of the majestic Chichén Itzá. Today it is now known as “The Eastern Capital of the Maya”. An elegant colonial town distinguished by the hospitality of the people. The main attractions are: Convent of San Bernardino, a building of majestic dimensions and superb Franciscan style and the Church of San Gervasio. Valladolid offers good hotels and restaurants.

The Magic Town of Valladolid is a beautiful colonial city, with a lot of color and magic, in addition, it is a strategic place to visit other destinations in Yucatan and in general the Mayan World.

What to do in Valladolid

Palacio Municipal (City Hall). Built in the 16th Century, it was reformed in the 19th Century. There are nice murals in the second floor depicting the history of the city.

Catedral de San Gervasio (Cathedral of San Gervasio). The cathedral was completed in1545 then destroy and rebuilt in 1702. It has a beautiful facade with detailed stonework.

Museo de San Roque. It was the first hospital in the village, and work this way during the 16th to 18th Century. Today is a museum with an interesting exhibit of archaeological pieces, traditional Mayan medicine and handcrafts of the region.

Iglesia de la Candelaria. The Candelaria Virgin is the Town’s Saint and each February 2nd there is a big celebration with cultural, gastronomic, livestock and artistic activities. The complex has a beautiful entrance supported by arches.

Iglesia de Santa Ana. It was built in the 16th Centuray, and has a nice stained glass in the facade.

Cenote Zaci. It is located in the middle of the town, near the main plaza. Today is a park, and steps lead down into the cavern mouth of this huge dramatic sinkhole with fascinating patterns of light. This cenote is about 260 ft deep and it has a diameter of 150 feet.

Iglesia de Santa Lucía. Built at the beginning of the 17th Century, the church has a façade based by a simple reed-mace with three bell columns, and the frame doors are shaped on stoned with vegetal figures.

Valladolid
Valladolid

Convento de San Bernardino de Siena. Construction was started in the year 1552 by the Franciscans, is one of the most beautiful buildings of the colonial era. The highlight is the church’s giant altarpiece in polychrome wood. On the left-hand side a door leads to a two-story cloister of massive stone colonnades, housing. The convent also has a sinkhole named Sis-Há.

Casa de los Venados (House of the Deer). It is an 18,000 sq. ft. private home/museum of Mexican folk and contemporary art with over 3000 pieces of art. The house is owned by John and Dorianne Venator and displays one of the largest collections of folk art in private hands. Tours (in English and Spanish) are given most days at 10:00 hrs, but advance reservations are advised.

Start your walk in the central square, preferably in an hour when it is not too hot and of course something you must do at every opportunity during your visit to Yucatan is to enjoy Yucatecan food.

Valladolid is traditionally known as “The Capital of the Mayan East” for its imposing colonial buildings, among which are the Church of San Gervasio, the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, the Municipal Palace, the Museum of San Roque and the Ex loom de la Aurora, among others.

Valladolid is divided into 6 main neighborhoods in addition to its historic center. The latter concentrates the hotels and buildings of greater importance in the place. Those who spend a season in Valladolid usually have one of the most important tourist experiences of their lives.

Cool off in one of the cenotes in this community and its surroundings, among the most famous cenotes are the following:

Visit the Municipal Market “Donato Bates”, Here you find fruits, vegetables and many other products of the region in a local environment to really get to know the culture and its daily manifestations.

Valladolid - Cenote Suytún
Valladolid – Cenote Suytún

Two important events in Mexican history took place in Valladolid. One of them is the “Caste War” in 1847 and also the first revolutionary spark in 1910.

Valladolid has a strategic location in this area of the Yucatan peninsula. the perfect place to stay and take tours to know the best of the Mayan world.

Near Valladolid there are incredible places where the magnitude of the Mayan culture is evident, such as Ek-Balam, Chichen Itzá, Tulum or Coba and also important cities of the viceregal era such as Izamal or Tihosuco.

Valladolid is a must on the Mundo Maya route, since it is located between Mérida and Cancun, approximately two hours from each and only 40 kilometers from Chichén Itzá.

Either by car or by bus, transport to Valladolid is frequent, of excellent quality and at affordable prices.

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It is located right in the center of the peninsula, 72 km to the east of Merida. Located right in the center of the peninsula, 72 km to the east of Merida. It is probably one of the eldest cities in Yucatán. Actually known, as the “City of the Hills” because of the archaeological remains located in the town center. This gorgeous colonial city has buildings and beautiful old houses painted in white and ochre.

The Franciscan Monastery is famous for its majestic porticoes cloister, the largest in America. Beside the Convent is The Community Museum.

Izamal offers restaurants, nice hotels and handcrafts stores. First Magical Town of Mexico, its history, from its foundation to the present, is bonded to a strong religious tradition; this is because this site was once an enormous Mayan ceremonial center.

What to do in Izamal
Izamal
Izamal
The Magic Town of Izamal is known as “the city of the three cultures”, it combines pre-Hispanic features, the colonial period and today. Izama is a beautiful colonial town in the state of Yucatán, founded in the mid-16th century on the remains of an ancient Mayan city; Its most important construction, the Conventual Complex of Our Lady of Izamal, was built on the ruins of a Mayan shrine called Pap-hol-chac.

Its name is due to Zamná, “dew of the sky”, character of singular wisdom and mythical origin considered as an instructor and teacher of the Mayans.

This town built on 12 small hills that break the surrounding plain, still preserves the vestiges of its ancient and enormous power: cenotes of ritual sacrifice are found around. Of the ancient four white roads or sacbés, and that led to allied or subjugated cities, two can still be admired. Aké and Kantunil, satellites of this great Mayan city, are, on clear days, visible from the top of the Kinich Kakmó pyramid.

For the visitor, the cobblestone, stone and asphalt streets of Izamal require a long walk to extend the visual enjoyment to all corners.

Stroll through the Magical Town of Izamal and learn about its crafts. Walk the small streets of Izamal, and talk with the locals, take the opportunity to ask them about the attractions, the handicrafts and what they know about the place, the people are very friendly and will surely make your experience a very pleasant one. The people of Izamal know how to make dreams with their hands. Here the jewelery and saddlery works are of unequaled beauty: a hammock woven from henequen fiber for unforgettable naps; furniture and ceramics are also a good option for the visitor.

Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal. The museum exhibits magnificent handcrafts. It is located in the Central Plaza.

Visit the Archaeological Zone of Izamal. The pre-Hispanic city was occupied approximately from the year 300 before our era, until very close to the moment of the Spanish conquest, since in the chronicles of Fray Diego de Landa the greatness of its buildings is already related. Currently, the most important building is the Kinich Kak Moo temple or Great Pyramid, which stands out for its height. In its upper part there is a small square that possibly functioned to perform rites and ceremonies dedicated to the deity Itzamná. The base measures 200 meters, and rises 34 meters. With a volume of 700,000 cubic meters, this is the largest structure on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Tour the Temple of the Immaculate Conception and the former Convent of San Antonio de Padua. Three large ramps facing north, south and west serve as access to the monumental atrium, considered the largest in Latin America (with an area of almost 8,000 m2) that was completed in 1561. The facade of the temple is in the Plateresque style , while the choir window has a strong Moorish flavor; at the top a three-clear belfry opens. The interior is of a nave with barrel vaults and laceries in the presbytery, where you can see a late 19th century Neo-Gothic altarpiece that houses the sculpture of the Virgin of Izamal. It is located on streets 30 and 31.

Izamal - Kinich Kakmó Pyramid
Izamal – Kinich Kakmó Pyramid

The temple of the Immaculate Conception and the former Convent of San Antonio de Padua form an impressive complex raised on a pre-Hispanic platform that was part of the hill called “Pap-hol-chac”, which was practically destroyed by the Spaniards to build the convent complex, at the request of Fray Diego de Landa, between 1553 and 1561. The old convent of Izamal, of sober architecture and large dimensions, is located towards the north part of the temple.

In this place a light and sound show called: “The light of the Mayas” is presented on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 8:30 p.m.

Participate in the Festivities in Izamal Pueblo Mágico. In June, after 13 laps, the party is done and the locals worship Saint Anthony of Padua. The atrium of the convent is tinted with rainbows. The songs are heard from the morning and when the sun has finished its journey, the Virgin of Izamal walks through the streets, blessings are asked, orders are promised and songs are offered for when her day arrives in December. By the 21st, the party is over, but in a respectful way, the summer equinox is celebrated.

Before December arrives, the dead have been celebrated and honored on November 1 and 2; Flowers slowly fade in the cemetery November 29 dawns with noise in heaven and prayers on earth; Multicolored and varied stalls are placed in the main streets and for nine days and nights, the 8th of December will be eagerly awaited to celebrate the Virgen de Izamal, the Virgen de la Purísima Concepción.

Rides in horse-drawn carriages. The visitors can take a charming ride down neat cobblestone streets, around the parks, squares and historical suburbs. They are located in the main plaza every day from 8:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Gastronomy of Izamal. Izamal’s cuisine has all the charm and wonder of Yucatecan food. The market or a good restaurant are an opportunity to entertain the palate with the exquisite mestizo touch of these lands: beans with pork, chaya with eggs, chicken stew, stuffed cheese, salbutes, panuchos, venison pipián, papadzules, sausage, cochinita pibil, joroches, mucbil pollos, pimes and tamales, are just a few of the dishes that can be enjoyed accompanied by xtabentun, balché, anise drink, posol with coconut or a fresh horchata. To finish with a sweet taste in the mouth, nothing better than yucca with honey, honey pumpkin, sweet potato with coconut, cocoyol in syrup, pumpkin seed marzipan, marshmallow, arepas, tejocotes in syrup or ciricote candy.

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