Eastern Yucatán State attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Izamal

Convento de San Antonio de Padua

When the Spaniards conquered Izamal, they destroyed the major Maya temple, the Ppapp-Hol-Chac pyramid, and in 1533 began to build from its stones one of the first monasteries in the western hemisphere. Work on Conve…
Top Choice Museum in Valladolid

Casa de los Venados

Featuring over 3000 pieces of museum-quality Mexican folk art, this private collection is interesting in that objects are presented in an actual private house, in the context that they were originally designed for, …
Archaeological Site in Eastern Yucatán State

Chichén Itzá

Certainly on the top of many visitors' 'must see' lists, Chichén Itzá is a stunning ruin and (despite the crowds) well worth visiting for its spectacular, iconic structures, and the historical importance. It is even…
Archaeological Site in Chichén Itzá

El Castillo

Upon entering Chichén Itzá, El Castillo (aka the Pyramid of Kukulcán) rises before you in all its grandeur. The first temple here was pre-Toltec, built around AD 800, but the present 25m-high structure, built over t…
Archaeological Site in Chichén Itzá

Edificio de las Monjas

Thought by archaeologists to have been a palace for Maya royalty, the so-called Edificio de las Monjas (Nunnery), with its myriad rooms, resembled a European convent to the conquistadors, hence their name for the bu…
Archaeological Site in Ek' Balam

Ek' Balam

The fascinating ruined city of Ek' Balam reached its peak in the 8th century, before being suddenly abandoned. Vegetation still covers much of the archaeological site, but it's well organized and has a lovely, lush …
Archaeological Site in Chichén Itzá

Grupo de las Mil Columnas

This group east of El Castillo pyramid takes its name – which means ‘Group of the Thousand Columns’ – from the forest of pillars stretching south and east. The star attraction here is the Templo de los Guerreros (Te…
Archaeological Site in Chichén Itzá

Gran Juego de Pelota

The great ball court, the largest and most impressive in Mexico, is only one of the city’s eight courts, indicative of the importance the games held here. The court, to the left of the visitor center, is flanked by …
Archaeological Site in Chichén Itzá

El Caracol

Called El Caracol (the Snail) by the Spaniards for its interior spiral staircase, this observatory, to the south of the Ossuary, is one of the most fascinating and important of all Chichén Itzá’s buildings (but, ala…
Archaeological Site in Chichén Itzá

El Osario

The Ossuary, otherwise known as the Bonehouse or the Tumba del Gran Sacerdote (High Priest’s Grave), is a ruined pyramid to the southwest of El Castillo. As with most of the buildings in this southern section, the a…