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Izamal Nov 20

Izamal is a small colonial population in the state of Yucatan. It is named for the Mayan and means “dew of heaven”, it is located just 72 kilometers from Merida. It is known as the “city of three cultures”, since it combines features of its pre-Hispanic past, of the colonial period and modern times, also it has been called the “Yellow City” because most of their buildings are painted in this color. The city has been chosen as a “Magic Town”. In the city of Izamal, as in many towns of the Yucatan, the Mayan language is still spoken by most of its inhabitants.

Izamal was one of the most important sites of Mayan civilization, a large settlement on the plains of the northern Yucatán Peninsula. The size of its buildings and network of pathways called ‘sacbes’ (white road built in the ancient Maya) are evidence of the religious, political and economic power that the city had over the vast territory of the Mayab. more…

Campeche Sep 03

It is a historic fortified city on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is renowned as one of the few walled cities in America and the only one in Mexico. One of the reasons it was declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 1999 is the excellent condition of its historical heritage. The original Mayan settlement was called KaanPeech (In Mayan language: Kaan = snake, Peech = tick, which means: the place of snakes and ticks). When the Spanish arrived, they Hispanicized it to Campeche. After their arrival, the city became the largest port of colonial America, bringing an intense commercial traffic and subsequent construction of mansions and churches. However, the same wealth that allowed it to flourish attracted the attention of pirates whose expeditions not only led to endless stories, but that led to the lifting of impregnable fortifications that distinguish today’s place. more…

San Cristobal de las Casas May 13

San Cristobal de las Casas is located in the center of the State of Chiapas, is the main tourist destination in Chiapas. It was one of the first towns built in the Spanish Northern America and it was named Pueblo Mágico, but actually has the quality of city. It has been considered the cultural capital and pride of the State of Chiapas, where there are different cultural expressions both from Chiapas and worldwide.

In this city people can discover magnificent religious buildings like the Cathedral, built in the seventeenth century or the Temple of Santo Domingo, which dates from 1547, the two buildings are lined with colorful details of Baroque and indigenous manufacturing, which perpetuate the cultural heritage of ethnic Tzotzil, Tzeltal and Lacandones, from whom we can also observe exotic collections of objects of daily use, handicrafts and sheltered prehispanic pieces in the Museum Na Bolom or the Cultural Center of Los Altos de Chiapas. Today many of these indigenous tribes still live in the neighborhood. more…