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Iximche, Panajachel
(4.5/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
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. See Iximche and all Panajachel has to offer by arranging your trip with our Panajachel tourist route planner.
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  • Nice site but most of the signs are inexistant, it is difficult to know what you are looking at. The museum is very small and nit lit 
  • I didn't pay to take a guided tour but was near enough to hear the basics then I looked it up at home. Very interesting ruins and the place that gave Guatemala its name. 
  • On your way to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala/Antigua to Panajachel or vice versa, you can take a small detour to Tecpan to admire this archaeological site. The road will take you about 20 minutes, and access is in 15 GTQ for foreigners and 5 GTQ for nationals. The site is not spectacular but is worthwhile, because of its history. A curious fact, its main altar still being used for ceremonies.
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  • Bonita vista. Frio. Hagan la caminata al rio !!
  • Extremely cool hidden gem that you have to see if you are staying in Antigua.The tour guide was very informative and the surroundings were absolutely beautiful.
  • This is not a big flashy city like Tikal, but it is where you learn much of the real history of Guatemala. We had a local gentleman who was our guide and extremely knowledgeable of Mayan culture and history. A small museum is located on site. What is most impressive is that an area at the far, back part of the site is reserved for modern day Mayan rituals and you are cautioned against disturbing the people in worship or taking pictures if they are present. Astounding site. .
  • Cool history. Fresh air. Worth the hour ride from the city.
  • Matiosh chawe Miguel, excelente guia de Iximche, gracias por ensenarnos cada ruina y por tu conocimiento