Izamal is a town an hour and a half east of Mérida, near the top of the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s known as The Yellow City, for reasons that should be apparent as you view the photos below.
I spent a day there last week and had a great time. There isn’t a whole lot to actually see in the town, but it’s a pleasant place to wander around and listen to podcasts in. The main attractions are the yellow monastery and a big ol’ Mayan pyramid. The monastery was actually built on top of an older Mayan pyramid. In Izamal I also ate pollo pibil for the first time. It’s a Mayan recipe—chicken wrapped in banana leaves and smothered in a variety of local spices. Delicious.
The sky was a bit hazy and cloudy when I visited Izamal, but hopefully the photos can still at least partially convey the beauty of the place.