Izamal, Mexico

Izamal, Mexico


July 9, 2018

Exploring any city with locals, means having the best tour guides in town! Thankfully, I happened to be doing just that whilst visiting Merida. As a spur-of-the-moment decision, my friends decided to take me to Izamal for a day trip on Saturday. I’d never heard of it before and boy was I in for a treat!

After a 45 minute drive outside of Merida, we entered an all-yellow town of dreams.

Izamal
Izamal

I was hooked from the moment we got out of the car.

Izamal

We spent most of the afternoon exploring Convento de San Antonio de Padua which was an old convent.

Izamal
Izamal

As you can see, the weather got gloomy quickly, so thankfully we had plenty of places to hide once the skies opened up on us.

Izamal

Oh yeah, and ice creams were necessary for beating the heat!

ice cream
avocados

Izamal

Izamal
Izamal

My Reformation dress was perfect for this very hot and humid day in Izamal. It was incredibly light weight which allowed it to breathe nicely with any occasional breeze – plus it’s cute to boot.

Izamal

Outfit Details:

Straw Hat (similar here)

Ray Ban Sunglasses

Reformation Dress

Straw Bag (similar here)

Everlane Shoes

 

Izamal
Izamal

Outfit photos by Ivan Loeza

We then walked around this quiet little town, in search of a famous boutique hotel.

Izamal

This boutique hotel only has 1 room to it! It’s called Coqui Coqui Casa de los Santos and it was another mini picture of paradise.

Izamal
Izamal

These are my lovely friends (aka the best tour guides in Merida!).

Izamal

Famished after the heat, humidity, and thunderstorms, we popped over to a must-see restaurant in Izamal called Kinich which served the most authentic and typical Yucatan food.

Izamal Kinich
Izamal Kinich

Izamal Kinich

My friend, Rogelio, took me inside one of the tortilla making huts they had inside the restaurant to show me how the ancient tradition was being upheld in this restaurant. The workers were so wonderful and it was marvelous to watch something so near and dear to the people of Yucatan being appreciated by tourists and locals alike.

Izamal Kinich
Izamal Kinich

Izamal Kinich

Izamal Kinich
Izamal Kinich

They tasted like no other tortilla I’ve ever had! Scrumptious!

tortilla

Again, we were transported to another world inside Kinich.

Izamal Kinich
Izamal Kinich

Food arrived, and boy did we feast. My friends ordered pretty much one of everything off of the menu just so I could get a taste of everything!

Izamal Kinich

By far my favourite dish from the entirety of my stay (I’ve since recreated a vegan version at home!) is called sopa de lima and it is the most wonderful citrus soup you’ll ever have. The green drink you see is called agua de chaya!

sopa de lima
Izamal Kinich

With full bellies and happy hearts, we left Izamal and headed back to Merida where we’d part ways and I’d leave for LA the next morning. Mexico, you hold a special place in my heart.

Love,

Saffy

xxx

 

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