Izamal, Yucatán: a magical place painted in yellow


Izamal is a small city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, 72 kilometres east of state capital Mérida, in southern Mexico.

Izamal was continuously occupied throughout most of Mesoamerican chronology; in 2010, the city’s estimated population was 25,000 people.

This whole town, which centers around a 16th-century Franciscan monastery built on top of a Mesoamerican temple, is painted in a cheerful canary yellow.

Set against a backdrop of bright blue skies that commonly bless the Yucatan Peninsula, the golden facades almost glimmer.

Located halfway between Merida and the archeological site of Chichen Itzá, it is a perfect place to stop en route.

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