Kootje Dijkstra | Izamal, La Ciudad Amarilla
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24 Jan Izamal, La Ciudad Amarilla

When my friends left for their next destinations, I suddenly was alllll alone in the big city Cancún. Lisse left on Friday, Hilde the next Friday and Floor on Sunday. Two more weeks in Mexico without my good friends that I had met here..

But, I was not going to let that ruin my last weeks in Mexico, and still had some spots that I definitely wanted to visit before going home. One of those spots was Izamal, a small city between Valladolid and Mérida. It is famous for its bright yellow color that is strikes over the whole city. Another spot that I wanted to visit was Las Coloradas, the pink lake. Unfortunately, it is very hard to get there without a car, and with buses, it will take you over 4,5 hours. I had to make a choice, and chose Izamal 🙂

Izamal is also called ‘La Ciudad Amarilla’ and ‘El Pueblo Amarillo’, because almost every building is painted in yellow, or ‘City of Hills’, because it is surrounded by remains of the Maya temples.

I took the ADO bus of 8.30am, which first goes to Valladolid. From there on, you have to take some sort of colectivo to Izamal, which does not leave from the main ADO bus station! It is a few blocks away from the station in a small street. The tickets cost in total 270 pesos. When I arrived in Izamal, this was the first thing I saw: the Convento de San Antonio de Padua!IMG_2781

This was a huge yellow convent! It was under construction though, but still very impressive to see. After the conquest of Yucatan in the 16th century, the Spaniards decided to build the Franciscan convent upon the central pyramid of the town, called the House of Chak, Pap Hol-Chac.

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The church is found in the center of the convent. In the church you will see a sculptured image of the ‘Lady’, to whom the Spaniards were very devoted.

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Four monks had lived inside the convent in that time. They all had their own chapels. On the left you see one of them. In the middle of the chapels was a small square. There used to grow trees with apples and other fruits, but it was rebuilt around 1800.

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It really strikes in the street scenery, that all the buildings are yellow. On the left you see a place that is used for parties and other festivities.

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Around 3pm, I went looking for a place to have lunch. I came across a shop called ‘Hecho en Mano’, which means ‘handmade’, which was attached to a hotel. In the backyard of the hotel was a cute place that offered coffee and fruit.

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After lunch, I walked to the big pyramid, called Kinich Kak Móo. It is located north of the main square, and it is one of the biggest pyramids in Yucatán.

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Around 7pm, I went back to the ADO station. I wanted to be back in Cancun in the evening. After almost 4 hours of traveling, I got back in Cancun and went to bed really early! So tired of the day, but it was worth it! But, though the convent and the pyramid are very much worth the trip, besides of that there is not much to do in Izamal. You can shop a little bit and wander around in the yellow streets, have some local food, and there is a museum also where I did not go to, but that is about it!

And that was my last weekend in Mexico! Unbelieveable how fast the time went.. I have to work at Zenit Publicidad till Wednesday, on Thursday I am going to Playa del Carmen, and my Friday will only be filled with cleaning my room and packing my bags.. Saturday I have my flight back, and on Sunday I will be… home!!! Can’t believe it (yet). But for now, I will enjoy the great weather, the palmtrees, the guacamole, the fajitas, and the beach of course a little longer..

Adíos! XXX