Izamal – The Yellow City of Mexico

Izamal – The Yellow City of Mexico

I think it was pictures of Izamal that convinced me to explore Yucatán before heading to the beaches of Tulum. This Yellow City of Mexico intrigued me. Houses after houses, walls after walls painted a sunny shade of yellow! And the same shade of yellow, not a bit lighter here nor a bit darker there.

How to spend a day in Izamal

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

 Background

An important city for the Mayans, Izamal had pyramids dedicated to Itzamná, the Mayan God of Creation and to Kinich Ahau, the Mayan Sun God. During the Spanish colonial era, a huge Fransiscan Monastery was built in the centre of the city using the stones from a major Mayan temple that the Spaniards had destroyed during the conquest.

What to Do

You don’t need a big checklist of what to do in Izamal. Just walk around or take a horse-drawn carriage ride, feel the sunny vibes of this yellow painted city, and experience an authentic Mexican colonial city.

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

We simply decided to walk around, starting with the main square and the Fransiscan monastery. The entry to the Convento de San Antonio de Padua monastery is free and it is open from 6am to 8pm. The ramp leading up to the monastery definitely makes it look like the focal point in the heart of the town. Your eyes are automatically drawn to it.

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

 

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

After spending some time in the monastery and the busy square, we went to see the Kinich-Kakmó pyramids which has been partially restored and it is possible to climb on it. There aren’t many Mayan Pyramids that you can climb now, so don’t miss this opportunity. Entry is free and it is open from 8am to 6pm.

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

Kinich-Kakmó Pyramid

Izamal is a visual treat. Walking its cobbled streets, clicking an insane amount of pictures and losing track of time is how we explored this sunshine city. Unfortunately, that meant we could not visit some of the Mayan artisan workshops that Izamal is known for because we were a bit short of time.

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

Where to Eat

For lunch, we decided to go to the restaurant Kinich. It was a busy time and the waiting area was bustling full of people. To my big surprise, they were serving complimentary chilled beers and tamarind water while we waited for our table. The restaurant is huge, with palapa covered roofs in the dining area and a lush green garden in the centre. We really enjoyed our meal in Kinich with its offering of fresh, handmade Yucatecan cuisine at reasonable prices.

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

Restaurant Kinich

How to get there

Izamal is located about 70km east of Merida. It takes an hour by car to reach there. Buses from Merida(Noreste terminal) take 1.5 hours but stop frequently. They cost 27 Pesos. It is also possible to catch a Colectivo (shared van) from near the Noreste terminal. They cost about 28 Pesos but are faster than the buses. Buses out of Izamal run from the Oriente terminal.

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

Colectivo Vans, on Calle 31 near Convento de San Antonio.

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

A convenient and easy day trip from Merida, Izamal has ancient Mayan ruins, beautiful Colonial buildings, and delicious Yucatecan food. No wonder it has been given the status of “Pueblo Mágico“, a magical town which is small in size but big in history, culture and tradition.

How to spend a day In Izamal, the yellow city of Mexico. Read more on www.ayewanderful.com.

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Did you enjoy my post on Izamal? I hope that it will inspire you to visit this charming yellow city. If you have any questions about planning a trip to Izamal, please feel free to get in touch with me 🙂 For more posts on Mexico, click HERE!

Cheers,
Ameeta xx

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32 Comments

  1. explorelovetravel April 22, 2017 / 10:15 am

    I love the architecture of this city! And I love that it’s all so yellow. Your photos are lovely! I hope I’ll one day get to go to Mexico. For now, I’ll have to make do with euro-texmex restaurants. Close enough? No? I didn’t think so either :/

    • ayewanderful April 22, 2017 / 10:22 am

      Thanks Kristine! The food in Mexico was SO different from my previous idea of food of Mexico. I’d highly recommend visiting if only to bust our myths about their fantastic food 🙂

      Ameeta xx

  2. How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch April 22, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    GIRL! This is amazing! I’m going to Merida in August and I’m adding this to my list! Super beautiful photos. I had never heard of this city before so thank you for this!!

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks, I am so glad you liked it! I loved Merida for its fantastic food and colourful(not just yellow ;)) buildings. It’s a perfect base for exploring Yucatan. If you need any more information about planning your trip, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

      Cheers,
      Ameeta xx

  3. Boarding Call April 22, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    wow this looks beautiful! what an interesting place all colored yellow… If I visit Tulum (I hope to) I would definitely put this place on the list too!

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      Izamal is definitely is very unique and beautiful, and Tulum is cool too. I would highly recommend visiting it 🙂

      Cheers,
      Ameeta xx

  4. Felicia Broccolo April 22, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    no way! I’ve never heard of this place before! It’s so pretty! I’ll definitely be saving this for later. I need to go here!! 🙂

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:11 pm

      This was my reaction when I first read about it too! 😀

      Cheers,
      Ameeta xx

  5. Blank Canvas Voyagee April 22, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Aye, what a gorgeous place to visit! As your suggest, a day should be enough, but for people that like travelling slow (like us) Izamal should be perfect 🙂

    Telma @ Blank Canvas Voyage

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      Thanks Telma. Mexico was a bit like slow travel for me too. Well, slow-ish as compared to some of the city breaks in Europe 😉 I hope you love Izamal when you visit it!

      Cheers,
      Ameeta xx

  6. Lana Pajdas April 22, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    It looks fantastic. Reminds me on historical towns of South of Portugal (Alentejo&Algarve), their white walls are sometimes partially painted in yellow (or blue). I’m also very curious about Mayan culture 🙂

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      That’s so true Lana! Portugal is also very colourful, and Algarve has that slow vibe that is present in Izamal too.

      Cheers,
      Ameeta xx

  7. Jean April 22, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Oh such a pretty town. I love the hats that the horses are wearing

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      The horses were quite decked up, I just hope they weren’t too uncomfortable.

      Ameeta xx

  8. California Globetrotter April 22, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Wow! How incredibly beautiful! I really would lvoe to start exploring more of Mexico! #blogpostsaturday

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      It was my first time in Mexico, and I hope to visit again. Maybe Oaxaca next time 🙂

      Ameeta xx

  9. Julia Dent (@juliadentphoto) April 22, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    I have never heard of this city before, even though yellow is my favorite color! It looks so pretty there! 🙂 Definitely adding this to my bucket list!

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      So glad you liked it. Yellow is such a happy colour 🙂

      Ameeta xx

  10. Megan Johnson! April 22, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    I had no idea about this place, but I’m dying to see more of Mexico and would love to go here, too! It looks so pretty!

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      I can’t wait back to revisit Mexico too. I had a great time there 🙂

      Cheers,
      Ameeta xx

  11. Daphne Lee April 22, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    Oh wow, lovely place! I totally skipped it on the way to Tulum because I only had a day. Next time I’ll definitely check out the yellow city 😉

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      That’s the perfect reason to again go to Mexico, right? 🙂

      Ameeta xx

  12. Lena April 22, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    wow, it does really look wonderfully colorful and fresh. Thanks for introducing me to yellow city of Mexico!

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      You are most welcome lena, I am so happy that you liked it so much 🙂

      Cheers,
      Ameeta xx

  13. Cristina G April 22, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    I’ve lived In Mexico for almost a year now but I didn’t know about this town?! Anyway, thanks for sharing because now I can visit it too when I’min the area! Very nice pics btw.

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:21 pm

      Thanks Cristina, it’s difficult to take a bad picture when everything is so pretty 🙂 I look forward to read your experience about Izamal when you visit it!

      Cheers,
      Ameeta xx

  14. Memoirs of a Globetrotter April 22, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    What a pretty town! I love the yellow buildings. Adding it to my Mexico bucket list!

    • ayewanderful April 24, 2017 / 12:22 pm

      Izamal is definitely very pretty, so glad you liked it 🙂

      Cheers,
      Ameeta xx

  15. sudhir Pathak April 25, 2017 / 5:08 am

    wonderful place, looks great!!!

    • ayewanderful April 25, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Thank you 🙂 You must plan Mexico as next holiday!

  16. Pooja Mani April 25, 2017 / 8:59 am

    Pictures are lovely!!! 🙂

    • ayewanderful April 25, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Thanks Pooja! 🙂

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