Pueblos Magicos (Magic Towns)

Pueblos Magicos (Magic Towns)

Valladolid Pueblo Magico

valladolidIt is a beautiful colonial city, located strategically between thecity of Merida (two hours) and the city of Cancún, 40 km away of the majestic Chichén Itzá. Today it is now known as “The Eastern Capital of the Maya”. An elegant colonial town distinguished by the hospitality of the people. The main attractions are: Convent of San Bernardino, a building of majestic dimensions and superb Franciscan style and the Church of San Gervasio. Valladolid offers good hotels and restaurants.
Palacio Municipal (City Hall) – Built in the 16th Century, it was reformed in the 19th Century. There are nice murals in the second floor depicting the history of the city.
Catedral de San Gervasio (Cathedral of San Gervasio) – The cathedral was completed in1545 then destroy and rebuilt in 1702. It has a beautiful facade with detailed stonework.
Museo de San Roque – It was the first hospital in the village, and work this way during the 16th to 18th Century. Today is a museum with an interesting exhibit of archaeological pieces, traditional Mayan medicine and handcrafts of the region.
Iglesia de la Candelaria – The Candelaria Virgin is the Town’s Saint and each February 2nd there is a big celebration with cultural, gastronomic, livestock and artistic activities. The complex has a beautiful entrance supported by arches.
Iglesia de Santa Ana – It was built in the 16th Centuray, and has a nice stained glass in the facade.
Cenote Zaci – It is located in the middle of the town, near the main plaza. Today is a park, and steps lead down into the cavern mouth of this huge dramatic sinkhole with fascinating patterns of light. This cenote is about 260 ft deep and it has a diameter of 150 feet.
Iglesia de Santa Lucía – Built at the beginning of the 17th Century, the church has a façade based by a simple reed-mace with three bell columns, and the frame doors are shaped on stoned with vegetal figures.
Convento de San Bernardino de Siena – Construction was started in the year 1552 by the Franciscans, is one of the most beautiful buildings of the colonial era. The highlight is the church’s giant altarpiece in polychrome wood. On the left-hand side a door leads to a two-story cloister of massive stone colonnades, housing. The convent also has a sinkhole named Sis-Há.
Casa de los Venados (House of the Deer) – It is an 18,000 sq. ft. private home/museum of Mexican folk and contemporary art with over 3000 pieces of art. The house is owned by John and Dorianne Venator and displays one of the largest collections of folk art in private hands. Tours (in English and Spanish) are given most days at 10:00 hrs, but advance reservations are advised.

Izamal Pueblo Magico

izamalIt is located right in the center of the peninsula, 72 km to the east of Merida. Located right in the center of the peninsula, 72 km to the east of Merida. It is probably one of the eldest cities in Yucatán. Actually known, as the “City of the Hills” because of the archaeological remains located in the town center. This gorgeous colonial city has buildings and beautiful old houses painted in white and ochre.
The Franciscan Monastery is famous for its majestic porticoes cloister, the largest in America. Beside the Convent is The Community Museum Izamal offers restaurants, nice hotels and handcrafts stores.
First Magical Town of Mexico, its history, from its foundation to the present, is bonded to a strong religious tradition; this is because this site was once an enormous Mayan ceremonial center.
Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal – The museum exhibits magnificent handcrafts. It is located in the Central Plaza.
Kinich Kakmó Pyramid – The base measures 200 meters, and rises 34 meters. With a volume of 700,000 cubic meters, this is the largest structure on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Rides in horse-drawn carriages – The visitors can take a charming ride down neat cobblestone streets, around the parks, squares and historical suburbs. They are located in the main plaza every day from 8:00 to 17:00 hrs.
San Antonio de Padua Monastery – Completed in 1561, the atrium of the Monastery was second in size only to that at the Vatican. It is a jewel of a colonial era. The Museum of the Community is located under the convent. Enjoy the magnificent spectacle of the light and sound show every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, starting at 20:30 hrs.

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