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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  • The history is so interesting it is not full of large temples like Tical... But the grounds are beautiful. Spend the money on a guided tour. Alex's (tour guide found at the entrance to the park) English was fantastic and he has great knowledge and insight that you won't get without a guide.
  • Great experience on this small Mayan ruins. But very rich in details thanks to our guide Luis. (He speaks perfect English)
  • Had a great time with the family. It's really nice.... My hubby liked it had fun...
  • This is an extremely interesting Mayan archaeological site that dates from about 1460. There are three pyramids along with a ceremonial site and some ball courts. Well worth visiting. One recommendation is to visit with a guide that speaks your native language if you don't understand Spanish.
  • We had a great time at Iximche. It was definitely worth hiring a guide, though he only spoke Spanish. His name was Dionidas and he was knowledgeable and well trained in explaining features of the ruins. Getting there early was nice as there were few people when arrived shortly before 9.
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