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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  • Great place to visit with s guide. A lot to learn about the history of Iximche and the early Maya history. Large area of ruins fairly recently discovered.  more »
  • After returning from panajachel we visited this site, located on a natural promontory with vestiges
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  • The archaeological remains are not spectacular as those of Tikal or Quiriguà, but the atmosphere at Iximche is particular. The site is frequented by many natives. Very quiet, green area, very nice and well maintained. We had a very young and very prepared that we made the visit very enjoyable.
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For its size, Panajachel offers an excellent selection of places to stay. The best remain just a stone's throw from the lake, near the town's ferry terminal, and consist of mid-range hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns. If you look a few streets back from the water, you'll find some simple but budget-friendly accommodations along Calle Santander.
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