Archeological Central Route

Archeological Central Route

Central Route

ruta centralAké, in its central part there is a terrace known as the Gran Plaza, surrounded by buildings used by the governing class; it also has a 32 kilometers long pedestrian causeway, or “sacbe”, it runs from Ake to Izamal, and a wall surrounding the city; schedule: Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 to 17:00 hrs.
Izamal: Mexico’s Magic Town, visit the San Antonio de Padua Convent, a colonial masterpiece with the greatest atrium in the world, which has a museum and an altar; there is also the great light and sound show every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 20:30 hrs; the city also features important pre-Hispanic monuments like Kinich Kakmó, the largest pyramid in Yucatán and the third largest in Mexico; enjoy the city with a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

Tourist Routes

Tunkas, offers the Tunkas Temple, several archaeological zones, and four Cenotes (X´tekdzonot, Mumundzonot, Lukun Chan y Chan X’azul) where visitors can enjoy a relaxing bath or practice cave diving. This is a good place to buy “huipile”, the traditional blouses Mayan women have used for centuries, as well as hemp hammocks, and pottery. Try the exquisite Mayan traditional dishes, ccompanied by optional fresh. Habanero pepper.
Tekal de Venegas, you can visit two interesting colonial temples, San Roman and San Pedro. And very near from the town is Oxwatz an eco-archaeological trail. The tour takes about 6 to 8 hours, so you have to be an athletic person, but you will enjoy lakes, ponds, birds, wild fauna, as well as haciendas from the 18th century, the archeological site Xbaatun, sacbes (old Mayan roads) and you can have a refreshing swim in the cool waters of the cenotes in middle of the jungle.

Convents Route

conventosAcanceh, there are nine sinkholes and two caves in the municipality. The main plaza combines two pre-Hispanic constructions, the Pyramid and the Palace of Stucco, both recently restored, and colonial buildings. The temple dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Natividad (Our Lady of Nativity) stands out, as well as the chapel of the Virgin of Guadalupe built in the 16th century.
Tecoh, visit a church and a convent dedicated to the Virgin of the Asunción, built over the base of a very large Mayan pyramid. The carved stones and altar are impressive with Mayan inscriptions.
Mayapán, the last great Mayan capital with over four thousand archaeological structures.
Tekit, this town was of great importance in the colonial era and exhibits two important religious buildings: the ex-convent of San Antonio de Padua and the Chapel of San Cristobal. In an area known as Chumul, there is a deep sinkhole-cave and archaeological remains.
Mama, the temple and former Franciscan monastery has a beautiful bell tower in front, as well as a closed atrium, which is one of the most famous in the region. Nearby is a typical henequen hacienda named Tepich.
Teabo, this little town is known for the beautiful parish and convent of San Pedro and San Pablo, built during the 17th century. Inside is the Chapel of the Indians from 1617.
Chumayel, this town is famous because here was founded a copy of the Books of Chilam Balam, the sacred books of the Maya. Stands the Templo de la Purísima Concepción (Temple of the Purest Conception), a nice 16th century church.
Maní, this is the town where the most famous event of Diego de Landa’s career happened on 1561, when he ordered a pyre to be prepared on the main square to burnt several thousand objects orshiped by the Maya, including codices, precious folding books where the Maya recorded their history, beliefs, and astronomy. This is a place full of history where you can visit Plaza de la Independencia (Independence Square), Plaza de la Ceibas, La Candelaria Chapel, the Convent and Church of St. Michael the Archangel (16th century), the San Juan Chapel (17th century) the Santa Lucia Chapel (18th century) and the Santiago Chapel (18th century).
Oxcutzcab, is known as the “Orchard of the State of Yucatan,” for its production of citrus and other fruits; you can visit the local market and taste some of this juicy seasonal fresh fruits. Here you can visit the Temple of San Francisco de Asís (18th century), the Ermita de la Virgen del Pilar (17th century), and the San Esteban Chapel (19th century).
Ticul, The city is nicknamed La Perla del Sur (“The Pearl of the South”), as it is in the southern part of Yucatán state. It is known for the manufacture of women’s dress shoes and it is also the center for large-scale pottery production, in fact the potters welcome visitors to purchase finished pieces. Here you will find a mixture of culture, a big colonial buildings and thatched roof Mayan homes. Some of the important colonial buildings are: colonial Convent and Parish of San Antonio de Padua and the chapels of Santiago, Mejorada, Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Román and San Ramon. In Votholin, you can visit the Temple of San Buena Ventura (18th century) and in Postinuch the Temple and Convent Asunción (18th century) and the Church of the Immaculate Conception. You can also visit the main house of the Ex Hacienda Tabi.
Muna, you can visit the Temple and Ex-Convent of the Assumption built in the 17th century, and the San José Tibceh Hacienda. In this market town you can find excellent reproductions of Maya ceramics in the main square.
Umán, features the magnificent Parish of San Francisco part of a 16th century convent. This building of colossal proportions has an unfinished façade made of quarry stone with three arches and columns.
Dzibilchaltún, the most famous structure is “La Casa de las Siete Muñecas” (house of the seven dolls). On the vernal equinox, the sun rises so that it shines directly through one window of the temple and out the other; this is another example of the mathematical precision of the Maya. It also has the museum of Mayan People, and a cenote where you can swim.
Xcambó, it is still considered as a place of pilgrimage and worship the Virgin of X’Cambó. It offers an archaeological zone and peaceful beaches.
San Crisanto, with mangrove vegetation and a beautiful beach it is a place for nature lovers.

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