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Izamal Ruins

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Address: Izamal, Mexico

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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So cool that they are part of the town!

These are not the most spectacular ruins, but some of the most unique because they are within the town. That is, they are sandwiched between homes and businesses! Don't miss... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Valladolid, Mexico
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Valladolid, Mexico
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

These are not the most spectacular ruins, but some of the most unique because they are within the town. That is, they are sandwiched between homes and businesses! Don't miss Izamal Ruins and spend at least one night in the town!

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Folsom, California (USA)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very rough and largely appears to be original, but a climb to the top though a bit rugged is well worth it.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

It's another pyramid in the middle of town. No entrance fee and when you climb the few steps you do not expect such a big pyramid

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Oakville, Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

beautiful ruins in the heart of the town. You can clim the pyramid but a word of advise: don't. In many of these small towns you get the non-tourist version of the archeological sites, but if you fall, there are no ambulances and medical staff. Join responsible tourism, and just enjoy from afar.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Easy access, no crowds, great view of Izamal and surrounding area. Nice perspective of what Izamal used to be 1500 years ago.

Thank Del L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Most of the Mayan structures (at the site where the city is now) were destroyed in the colonial period - and the stones used for other buildings - many of which are still in use (like the cathedral). This structure is in the center of town, and it's easy to miss (in fact I looked for it in 2016, but... More 

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

The ruins are literally right in the middle of town, both unusual and a treat. Izamal was once the most important Mayan city in the Yucatan, and then the Spanish came along and built a convent on top of Mayan structures, and then of course the rest of Colonial Izamal sprang up around it. It's great that these ruins survived... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Walking around this town and the various Mayan ruins gives one a sense of how sacred and important this area is. The temple keeps going up. I assume it is one structure built upon several pervious ones.

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Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

The place is often time deserted. You will find yourself alone and at peace in the shadows of the trees and blocks. Very cool place to spend a day of reflection and meditation. Surrounded by the yards of the villagers it is simply amazing.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

Please brush up on your Spanish...you'll need it! Awesome 2 hour carriage ride to the ruins throughout the town. It's well worth the 200 pesos. Plus it also convinced us to return a few days later for a 3 night stay in Izamal. What a magical city. The Pope even came to Izamal in 1993

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