Magical Villages of Yucatan
Izamal is a small magical village in the heart of the state of Yucatan. In 2002, it was hand picked by the Mexican department of tourism and culture as one of the truly special pueblos in Mexico because of its cultural symbolism, historical legend and social importance. These magical villages are deemed the most beautiful in all Mexico. Izamal has the perfect mix of Mayan, Spanish and contemporary culture for this reason it is known as the “City of the three cultures”. It is much more than a magical town, not only is it rich in Mayan culture and Spanish influence, it offers ecoturism, gastronomy and cenotes.
It´s covered pyramids that closely resemble hills, for this reason it is also known as the City of Hills. It is a place of great religious tradition; once known as a Mayan ceremonial site. It received its name from the revered Mayan priest and instructor Itzamna or Zamna. The Mayans erected the main pyramid Kinich Kak Moo to him. It is an ancient site of magic energy even today.
The village is known as place of important Mayan religious peregrination. The road into town was paved with white stones known as “sacbeoob” leading to seven Mayan pyramids were found within. It’s much older that both Chichen Itza and Uxmal dating back to the 3rd century AC.
The colonial center as well as the small houses on the outskirts of town is a blend of pre-Hispanic and Spanish architecture. Today many of the exteriors of businesses and homes alike are painted egg-yolk yellow with white trims. The tradition of painting the convent yellow began in the Colonial period, painting the other buildings to create a look of uniformity soon followed.
After the Spanish Conquest some pyramid stones were used to build the convent of San Antonio de Padua on top of the Pap-Hol-Chac temple. It was founded by the Franciscan father Fray Diego de the Landa and missionaries on 1549.
The convent is one of Mexico’s ten most important shrines and has the second largest atrium in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome and home to the the patron saint of the Yucatán the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.
Ticul is another pueblo located in the southern part of Yucatán state. It is nicknamed La Perla del Sur which means "The Pearl of the South".
The population is about 30k people and over half the population still speaks the Maya language as their first tongue.
It is a charming village known for a large mix of cultures. It’s just minutes from Uxmal and the caves of Loltun, and on both the Convent and Puuc Route circuits. It boasts a Cathedral, quaint colonial buildings and thatched roof Mayan homes. Ticul is famous for manufacturing pottery and shoes.
Tixkokob (meaning place of poisonous snakes in Mayan) is a town in the Mexican state of Yucatán, located in the north central part of the state. The town of Tixkokob is famous for hammock weaving and saddle making.
Tixkokob is about halfway along the road from Merida to Izamal in the center of the Yucatan henequen area.
In Tixkokob more than half the population speaks an indigenous language – maya or chol
It has numerous haciendas, the convent and parish of San Bernardino and Shrine Santa Cruz as well as the Aké archaeological zone.
The Ake ruins are located within a 19th century henequen estate.
The Architecture dates back to the Post Classical era and features system of pre-Columbian sacbeo'ob or roads connect the ruins all the way to Izamal. From there the road system run to the site of Ti'ho part of now modern day Mérida out to the Caribbean Sea.
Valladolid is located in the southeastern area of Yucatan, halfway between Cancun and Merida.
It is a colonial town that was built atop the Mayan village of Zaci. Often referred to as The Sultaness of the East; it is home to the the Convent of San Bernardino, Cenote Zaci and the impressive Mayan ruins Ek Balam.
The Caste War began in Valladolid in 1847, as well as the first signs of the Mexican Revolution of 1910.
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