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These Maya Temples Are About to Open for Free in Izamal

Izamal will officially open previously off-limits Maya temples to the public on Dec. 7.

Izamal revamps its infrastructure while seeking investment

Known as "the yellow city," Izamal is one of the most picturesque communities in Yucatán.  But despite its grand Mesoamerican and colonial architecture and undeniable...

Horse collapses from exhaustion in ‘Magical Town’ of Izamal

The collapse of a horse pulling a tourist carriage in Izamal has reignited the debate surrounding animal welfare in Yucatán. 

New benches at ancient archaeological site anger Izamal residents

Modern-looking benches installed at the site of ancient Mayan ruins are out of place, some Izamal residents say. The Kinich Kakmó archaeological zone got the...

New archaeological discoveries uncovered near Izamal

After a prolonged hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, archaeologists in Yucatán are getting back to work. One of the projects now underway is an...

Fire damages Izamal’s famous Kinich restaurant

A short circuit caused a fire that destroyed a large palapa roof at Izamal's most famous restaurant, Kinich, officials said. Rescue workers this morning...

Yucatán governor extends an invitation to the pope

If the pope accepts, it would be only the second visit by a pontiff to this heavily Catholic region.

Japanese artists debuts new mural in Izamal

Japanese artist Shinzaburo Takeda unveiled his most recent mural in Izamal at the Cecidhy Research Institute.

Court order halts deforestation and new Tren Maya construction

Last week a judge in Yucatán issued a ruling which halted any new construction of the Tren Maya project. The ruling only barrs construction requiring...

Public transportation between Izamal and Merida becomes scarce

Several bus companies have began to restrict their trips to Merida. The Autobuses Oriente line, for example, which has a terminal in the Historic Center...

Izamal locks down as coronavirus patient there reportedly dies

A day after announcing the city's first COVID-19 case, Izamal Mayor Fermín Sosa Lugo announced the city's first COVID-19 fatality. The death of the 45-year-old...

For 2nd consecutive day, COVID-19 patient in Yucatan dies

Merida, Yucatan — A 53-year-old woman died after a coronavirus infection, Yucatan health officials announced today. The unidentified patient, Yucatan's sixth fatality, follows the...

Quarantine ignored on the streets of Izamal

Izamal, Yucatan — Before noon on Sunday, open-air markets, supermarkets and shops were filled with shoppers, indicating a break with the stay-at-home warning from...

An Izamal market stall recipe: ‘Empanaditas’ de San Jose

David Sterling's followup to "Yucatan" explores all of Mexico, but starts in Yucatan's famous magic town, Izamal. Here is one interesting dish, which isn't...

Trading fountain for giant letters proves problematic in Izamal

The letters that form the name of this Pueblo Mágico in Parque Zamná are showing signs of deterioration after just 10 months.

Canadian couple hands over cache of Mayan artifacts

A Canadian couple living here has released 179 archaeological pieces — from ancient vessels to stone pedestals — to the National Institute of Anthropology and History.

Yucatecan restaurants named among Mexico’s finest

Not all of Yucatán's best restaurants are in Mérida. Small-town restaurant Kinich was chosen as one of the best 120 in Mexico by the Mexican Culinary Guide.

Mass wedding to overtake convent in Izamal

Izamal's historic convent is preparing for a mass wedding Friday, when 1,055 couples couples will exchange vows.

Police guard ceremony to outlaw cruel festival

It's official, written and signed in ink on paper. Now, is the 100-year tradition of Kots Kaal Pato really a thing of the past?

High-tech light show all around Izamal

The holiday season will conclude with new free new "videomapping" shows in the "Magic Town" of Izamal. Nightly shows continue until Saturday, April 2 with an 8:30 p.m. presentation.

Animals to be spared cruel annual tradition

Kots Kaal Pato, a notorious and gruesome annual Yucatecan animal sacrifice in which small animals were beaten to death or decapitated, has been permanently canceled, Humane Society International announced.
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