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Izamal Historical Center

Izamal

Currently, one of the most Izamal representative places is the “Plaza Zamná”, also called “Del mercado” (Market Plaza), located next to the convent. At first it was much bigger, five times to be precise, but it was divided to give it different uses such as hospice, the first town hall, the public jail and even military barracks.

Finally, it was divided into two parks—5 de Mayo and Zaragoza, as well as a square called 2 de Abril or Plazuela del Toro, where bullfights and cockfights were held. If you visit this place, you can buy handicrafts, eat something delicious or sit down to rest under the shade of the trees. But if you prefer to enjoy its surroundings and take a unique stroll, perhaps you should board one of its “calesas” (horse-drawn carriages), which are parked right there.

This tour is aboard a horse-drawn carriage and driven by a city guide, who will tell you a bit of history while you get to know more about the “Ciudad Amarilla”. In case you were wondering, one of many travelers' questions, when seeing all the uniform colored houses, is why choose yellow as the city color.

Although there isn't a concrete answer, some locals say that it is due to the visit of John Paul II, to pay a kind of tribute using the Vatican colors, while others say that it is due to the people’s affection for corn, since the Mayans considered it sacred. Whatever the reason, the truth is that this enchanting city is fascinating and great, so we assure you that it will soon be on your favorite destinations list.
Currently, one of the most Izamal representative places is the “Plaza Zamná”, also called “Del mercado” (Market Plaza), located next to the convent. At first it was much bigger, five times to be precise, but it was divided to give it different uses such as hospice, the first town hall, the public jail and even military barracks.

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Finally, it was divided into two parks—5 de Mayo and Zaragoza, as well as a square called 2 de Abril or Plazuela del Toro, where bullfights and cockfights were held. If you visit this place, you can buy handicrafts, eat something delicious or sit down to rest under the shade of the trees. But if you prefer to enjoy its surroundings and take a unique stroll, perhaps you should board one of its “calesas” (horse-drawn carriages), which are parked right there.

This tour is aboard a horse-drawn carriage and driven by a city guide, who will tell you a bit of history while you get to know more about the “Ciudad Amarilla”. In case you were wondering, one of many travelers' questions, when seeing all the uniform colored houses, is why choose yellow as the city color.

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