Izamal is called the Yellow City for a good reason. Just about every building in Izamal is yellow. It is a clean, quaint, picturesque, laid back small town. Like Campeche, it does not have the abandoned crumbling buildings or litter. Although Izamal is historically old, it does not have a third-world feel to it.
The colectivo dropped us off next to Izamal's market area. Being relatively small, Izamal was easy to wander around and see so much in one day. The center of the town is dominated by the Convento de San Antonio de Padua on a low hill overlooking the downtown. This complex consists of a yellow cathedral ringed by a yellow arched wall with a huge lawn in the middle. There is a plaza, Parque Crescencio Carrillo y Anacona, taking up the whole city block in front of the walled Convento and another large square, Parque Zamna, adjacent to the Convento. Butting up to the other side of the Convento is a large city market under a big roof. The market houses restaurants, fruit and veggie stands, a big meat butchering area, craft booths, snack vendors, and more. In the plaza facing the front of the Convento were more vendors in outdoor booths.