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Izamal
The City of the Three Cultures      History      Location & How to Get There
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The City of Three Cultures
          Izamal also is known as the City of Three Cultures due to the mix of features pre-Columbian times, colonial style and comforts of modern times; Izamal was the first city to receive the category of Magical Town of Mexico, due to its unique colonial city characteristics, craft workshops, its magnificent convent and its deeply rooted traditions of their people.
          Currently Izamal has very good tourist services, highlighting its ecotourism hotels, good restaurants of typical food and its tranquile atmosphere.


History
          Izamal is one of the oldest cities and was one of the most important in the in the Mayan world, also it was important for its ceremonies and had a lot and very large Mayan buildings; Izamal means "dew of heaven" and was founded likely by the Mayan priest Zamna in the 4th century.
          When the Spaniards conquerors arrived early 16th century, Izamal was almost abandoned, as well as most of Mayan villages. Most of them were dismantled and new buildings were built such as the convent of San Antonio de Padua. During the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries the city increases its population and several plazas and colonial neighborhoods are built, however several Mayan ruins are preserved; also begins its tradition of handicraft production.
          Izamal currently retains many streets, neighborhoods and traditional markets: some colonial houses have been turned into museums, restaurants and boutique hotels; the impressive Convent of San Antonio de Padua is one of its main attractions and his pyramid Kinich Kakmoo or solar face in Mayan language is considered the biggest pyramid in Yucatan; Craft workshops are famous in Izamal such as jewelry workshops where make goods from seeds of local plants, wood goods and typical clothing.


Location & How to Get to Izamal
Location: Izamal is located 72 km from Mérida, practically in the center of the state of Yucatan and slightly north.
How to Get to Izamal From Merida
  • How To get by Bus: take a bus from the Noreste terminal, it´s a 2nd class bus station and is located in 67th street between 50th and 52th in Merida downtown; the timetable is: 6:00, 7:00, 8:20, 10:00, 10:45, 12:00 and from here every hour until 19:00 hrs, the trip takes 1 and a half hour and the price of the tcket is $38 pesos.
  • How to Get by Car: from Merida downtown you have to take the 59th street until the outside loop of the city, where you'll find the highway to Izamal, it´s the same one to Chichen Itza and Cancun, after driving 40 minutes you'll find the detour to Izamal; the trip takes one hour.

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