The temples of Yucatan. After the conquest by the Spanish “conquistadores” the monks took over the evangelization of the native population. Very often on the basis of the destroyed maya temples. Many of the churches built at that time still stand and are on the list of worlds threatened cultural monuments issued by the WMF World Monument Forum. In an opulent photography book with 485 photographies the authors present the churches of the western Yucatan. The texts are short, pictures speak by themselves. This book is recommended for both, colonial architecture interested and Mexico visitors, who take a step aside of the traditional sightseeing routes and visit curious and historical buildings. (Schnüss Magazine)

If you have been to the Yucatan before then I think one of the greatest things you could do is just rent a car and get lost with this two volume photo book The Colonial Churches of Yucatan.  Volume One Merida and the Western Peninsula maps out nine trip routes with beautiful photos and a few facts.  It´s worth doing the Merida group by horse and buggy or on foot one cool morning or afternoon. Often in the past we would take out bikes out in a truck and then ride around for hours in different areas exploring the villages and churches.  By far it´s the best way to go but you need months or years to see more than a hand full.  The most popular route starts with Acanceh and ends up in Mani and that is certainly the way to the best Maya restaurant in region.  But a road trip to Izamal could easily start with one of the earliest and most interesting Franciscan convents (pictured above) in Conkal then take in the hammock making town of Tixkokob and the tiny Euan famous for Guyaberas with a stop at Hacienda San Jose Cholul for refreshment before ending up in the magic town of Izamal.   Another route I like is Maxcanu to Oxcutzcab to Peto which takes you along the foothills of the Puuc past Uxmal and Santa Elena to the fertile fruit orchards and famous caverns of the area from here you could end up in the cowboy town of Peto or head home via Mani and back back down the classic convent route.

Volume Two, Valladolid and the Eastern Yucatan Peninsula includes the area from Quintana Roo state and overlaps the Ruta de Cenotes.  My favorites here would include the Uyama which you can see off the Cancun highway before Valladolid and Yaxcaba on the back road from Valladolid to Merida.