The Convent Route: Map, Photos and Travel Tips

Convent Route Map of Yucatan

 

The Convent Route is a day trip that reveals both the history and soul of the Yucatan. Visit centuries-old churches, cathedrals, convents and Mayan villages. 

 

The churches featured in this route were built after the arrival of the Franciscans in 1524. Many of the original Mayan buildings were destroyed or built on top of (which you’ll get a glimpse of in the route).

 

The following piece outlines the nine stops in the Convent Route. Make sure to get an early start the morning of your trip so you get to as many open churches as possible. Start on Route 18 (look for the signs that say Kanasin) and follow the road to the first stop, Acanceh.

 

 

Stop 1: Acanceh

 

Palace of the Stuccoes, Acanceh

 

The main attraction in Acanceh is The Plaza de las Tres Culturas (The Square of the Three Cultures). The plaza brings together the Grand Pyramid, a colonial church, and a modern day church in the same place.

 

Don’t miss these sites:

1. Temple of the Stuccoes aka “Stucco Palace”

2. Chapel and convent of the Virgin of Guadalupe (both from the XVI century)

 

Stop 2: Tecoh

 

Tecoh Church

 

Discover an ornate church with beautiful paintings as well as a convent dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption (1751).

 

Interesting Fact:  Although this church appears to have been built on a hill, it really sits atop a large Mayan Pyramid.

 

Stop 3: Telchaquillo

 

Telchaquillo Chapel

 

Telchaquillo is a small village with a beautiful, quiet chapel.

 

Interesting Fact:  A gorgeous cenote can be found near the chapel in this village.

(Find out more about Cenotes of the World and The Yucatan)

 

Stop 4: Mayapan

 

Archaeological Site in Mayapan Yucatan

 

The Mayapan archeological site is about the size of Chichen Itza. There are approximately 4,000 mounds, many of which are still in their original state, so you may find archeologists working on them during your visit!

 

Interesting Fact:  There are actually replicas of buildings from Chichen Itza, including Castillo de Kukulcán.

 

Stop 5: Tekit

 

Church of San Antonio de Padua, Tekit

 

San Antonio de Padua was built in 1591. The temple holds very elaborate statues of Saints; the convent next door houses paintings from the XVI century.

 

Interesting Fact:  Tekit means “Place where there were rubber trees”

 

Stop 6: Mama

 

Mama Church of the Ascension

 

The Church of the Ascension, a beautiful bell-globed church, was built in the XVII century . It is believed to be the oldest church on the route.

 

Interesting Fact:  Mama Means “No, No” in English.

 

Stop 7: Chumayel

 

Temple of Immaculate Conception Chumayel

 

The Temple of Immaculate Conception was built in the XVI century and is a perfect example of the medieval architecture brought by the Spaniards.

 

Interesting Fact:  The renowned sacred book of the Mayas, the “Chilam Balam” was found here.

 

Stop 8: Teabo

 

Convent of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Teabo

 

The convent of Saint Peter and Saint Paul was formed in 1607 and almost six decades later, the Temple of Saint Peter the Apostle was constructed (1664.)

 

Interesting Fact:  Teabo is very famous for its embroidered textiles. Make sure to visit shops in the town during your visit!

 

Stop 9: Mani

 

Temple of the Convent of Saint Michael Archangel in Mani

 

The Temple of the Convent of Saint Michael Archangel (1549) & a museum are the key attractions in the small town of Mani.

 

Interesting Fact:  During the 1500’s, Friar Diego de Landa famously, in the “Auto de Fe”, burned and destroyed almost all written Mayan manuscripts in his attempt to help his mission of converting Mayas to Christianity. 

 

 

 

Interested in learning more about great day trips in the Yucatan?  We’ve outlined another route, called the Puuc Route, which leads you to archeological sites, caves, cenotes and Mayan Villages. Learn more about Puuc Route Map and Infographics.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.yucatantoday.com/en/topics/convent-route

http://www.luxuriousmexico.com/wwwluxuriousmexico/Luxurious%20Mexico/Products/EnglishProducts/YucatanConventRoute.html

 

Image Sources:

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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fritz_da_kat/480190912/sizes/z/in/photostream/

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mayapan_2.jpg, Author credit to Marie-Christine Ferland

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