Top Choice Museum in Izamal

Centro Cultural y Artesanal

Just across the square from the monastery, this cultural center and museum showcases popular art from around Mexico. Explanatory cards in English give an excellent summary. Its excellent shop sells fair-trade-certif…
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…
Archaeological Site in Izamal


Three of the town’s original 12 Maya pyramids have been partially restored. The largest (and the third largest in Yucatán) is the 34m-high Kinich-Kakmó, three blocks north of the monastery. Legend has it that a deit…