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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 – is a delightfu…
Yucatecan in Izamal

Restaurante Zamna

Traditional, tasty and homecooked (you can watch your tortillas being made) Yucatecan food doesn't come better than this, and the setting in a huge open-sided thatched hut adds to the charm. Start with a chaya juice…
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…
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. It also rents bicycles (M$25 per hour) and has an excellent shop selling fair-trade-certified craf…
Archaeological Site in Izamal

Kinich-Kakmó

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…
Mexican in Izamal

El Toro

At the southeast corner of the roundabout in front of the monastery, this small family-run establishment specializes in Yucatecan fare (with some international favorites thrown in to keep the tourists happy). Try tr…