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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  • Although only the foundations are visible, the ruins are a very peaceful and sacred place to wander about. Our guide was excellent and provided really interesting information about the Mayan people - ...  more »
  • After visiting the capital of Guatemala and heading to Chichicastenango, you pass the ruins of Iximche. Ruins Maya are still being explored, only this part for the visit. We hired a guide by 150q. in 1 hour did us travel the main buildings, rituals, history and how developed the activities there. It's amazing to imagine that there are still so many ruins discovered under so much vegetation. Unfortunate that they continue not exploring. I was surprised the ball court and temples. The ravines surrounding the buildings, aqueducts. Beautiful ruins, I recommend a visit.
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  • I've been to the Iximche ruins twice and both times I did a guided tour. I highly recommend have a guide with you, otherwise it will probably be just a place with a lot of bricks to you. When you list...  more »

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