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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, …
Top Choice Mexican in Izamal

Kinich

Sure, it's touristy, but this is fresh, handmade Yucatecan cuisine at its finest. The papadzules kinich – rolled tortillas stuffed with diced egg and topped with pumpkin-seed sauce and smoky sausage (M$120) – is a d…
Top Choice Mexican in Valladolid

Yerba Buena del Sisal

Wonderfully healthy and delicious dishes are served in a peaceful garden. Tortilla chips and three delectable salsas come to the table while you look over the menu, which offers many great vegetarian and mostly orga…
Top Choice Mexican in Valladolid

La Palapita de los Tamales

The menu changes daily here, but you'll always find a welcome tamal to snack on. Sweetcorn and pork was on the menu recently, as was excellent pozole (a pork and hominy soup). There's casual indoor or patio seating,…
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…