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Things to do in Izamal

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From Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Izamal, Valladolid, & Cenote Trip

1. From Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Izamal, Valladolid, & Cenote Trip

Spend a day full of culture, history, and cuisine on a multi-stop guided tour from Mérida to Izamal, Valladolid, Cenote Chichikan, and Chichén Itzá, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Discover traditional cooking during a live demonstration. Enjoy breakfast, a buffet lunch, and entry tickets. After meeting your guide in Mérida, head to the archeological site of Chichén Itzá. Walk through the center of this thousand-year-old place and see highlights like the Temple of the Warriors. For breakfast, enjoy a packed meal. Later, transport your senses to the root of regional cuisine, one of the greatest legacies of the Mayan culture, during a demonstration of the region’s unique gastronomy. Learn about tradition and innovation in the use of plants, vegetables, and wild fauna. Enjoy a buffet lunch of local products, then let yourself be enchanted by the story and cultural richness of two magical towns of Yucatan during the next stops. Explore Valladolid, known for its natural beauty, cobbled streets, coffee shops, restaurants, and delicious food. Stop at the main plaza for some free time to wander before moving on to Izamal. Learn why the town's houses are all painted yellow and fall in love with its colonial architecture, dating back to the 16th century. Spend time at the main landmark: the Convento de San Antonio de Padua. In between the Valladolid and Izamal stops, seize the chance to take a dip in the cool waters of Chichikan Cenote. 

From Mérida: Chichen Itza & Izamal Guided Day Trip

2. From Mérida: Chichen Itza & Izamal Guided Day Trip

Experience the beauty and history of Chichen Itza and explore on a guided day trip leaving from Merida. Learn more about the ancient civilization who built Chichen Itza, take a refreshing swim in a cenote, visit the Temple of Kukulcan, and wander through Izamal. Leave Merida with the guide and travel to the beautiful and historical site of Chichen Itza. Enjoy a two-hour guided tour where you will learn about the history and significance of the site and its most important buildings, such as the Temple of Kukulcan (El Castillo), the ball game court, the Observatory, and its adjacent Temple of the 1000 columns. Take some time to discover the site at your own pace, and admire the monuments and take pictures as you explore. Continue the tour by moving on to the Xcajum Cenote and learn more about the sinkholes that are part of the world's largest network of underground rivers. Indulge in a delicious meal next, and enjoy a variety of local foods. Move on to one of Mexico's most beautiful towns, Izamal. Learn more about the city, known as the "city of three cultures" for its multiple cultural influences. Stroll through the streets and admire the yellow and white buildings for which the town is famous. Finish the tour in Izamal before returning to pickup points in Merida, and relax and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Izamal: 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. Izamal: 2-Hour Walking Tour

Wander through this colorful city while a local guide brings its stories to life. Visit Parque Itzamna in the historic center and marvel at the San Antonio de Padua Convent. View the city from atop the Kinich Kak Moo Pyramid and learn why this city was dubbed the "City of Three Cultures."

From Mérida: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

4. From Mérida: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

Discover the culture and heritage of Yucatecan on a day trip from Mérida to the cities of Izamal and Valladolid. Benefit from round-trip hotel transfers, and savor a delicious buffet meal during the tour. After pickup at your hotel, the experience begins with a panoramic visit to the colonial city of Valladolid. Pass through beautiful neighborhoods, and admire the architecture of monuments such as the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, and the Cathedral of San Gervasio. Following the tour, you'll enjoy some free time to explore these sites at your own pace. Continue to a buffet restaurant for a delicious lunch of local Yucatecan dishes. After your meal, take a dip in the cool waters of a cenote by the restaurant. Head towards Izamal, and soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque place. Admire the yellow-painted houses, and learn why this city is known the city of the three cultures. See its pyramids and visit the Franciscan convent, before returning to your hotel in Mérida.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 17 reviews

The tour was excellent, it started at the indicated time. The guide, Mrs. Alma, who we had, speaks perfect English and Spanish and was always very attentive to the tour. Transportation very comfortable and very clean. They welcome you with a box for breakfast and lunch is very good and the place they take you is very interesting.

Chichen is closed at the moment and they offered us the tour to Ek Balam, it is an Archaeological zone where one can climb the buildings, very beautiful, the cenote is beautiful and the buffet is very complete and rich, the visits to the cities are short, but very informative, our Guide Carlos is highly recommended

Ubique activity. Our kind guide was waiting for us at the meeting point, we received clear and punctual info about the itinerary and WOW!, This tour was the Best. All locations , food and amenities were one-of-a-kind.

Highly recommend this tour. I enjoyed it a lot and everything was very well explained by the guide.

Great tour- well organised , great tour guide, good driver. A very full day.