Iximche, Panajachel

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Step back to the 15th century and learn about Mayan culture at Iximche. Dating back to about 1470, the local area was once the capital of the Late Postclassic Kaqchikel Maya kingdom, until it was abandoned in 1524. Find the remains of pyramid-temples, palaces, and two Mesoamerican ball courts, all of which sit in ruins on a flat grassy area. Nature has taken over some parts of the ruins, with grass growing at the top of the pyramid remains. Hire a local guide to learn about the history of Mayan culture and, more specifically, the archaeological site. To find out how to plan a trip to Panajachel, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • We hired a private driver to take our family of 5 from Antigua to Panajachel (on Lake Atitilan). Since our trip wasn't long enough to take in the more popular Mayan ruins in Guatemala, we hoped Iximch...  more »
  • If you’ve experienced some of the larger ruins in Mexico and Guatemala, you might be disappointed with Iximchè. It’s definitely smaller and less built up than some of the more famous sites. But, it’s ...  more »
  • Iximche is not far from Guatemala City, also easy to reach from Lake Atitlan. It's not reconstructed like Tikal but has its own beauty. There are less crowds, so you have more space to view the ruins ...  more »
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  • I hadn't expected that was really great. The experience was great because the ruins are very well maintained and this national park is very peaceful and beautiful. We were lucky because one tour guide accompanied us and explained so well. We enjoyed the short tour very much! If to go there, I recommend you to ask the for tour guide.
  • A must see in Guatemala, not as big as Tikal, but take your time, hire a guide, available at the park, and you will discover that the Maya were as advanced, if not more than other great civilizations.
  • Beautiful place to walk . Is little far way from the Guatemala city but you enjoy driving and see the difference . Is lot traffic.
  • Good place. Not crowded. Can visit if not raining.
  • A beautiful location. The museum has a nice model of the entire site. Getting a guide to walk the ruins and share the history is well worth the cost. This location is an easy day trip from Antigua and a great stop if you are headed for Atitlan/Pana....
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