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Iximche, Panajachel

(4.4/5 based on 220+ 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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  • Not a lot of ruins and a weak museum. Worth it if you have a lot of spare time otherwise skip it for more vibrant places  more »
  • I've visited Iximche about a dozen times now, both with my family and with tour groups. While it's not nearly as impressive as Tikal, it's a good way to check out the history of the Mayan people. Unfo...  more »
  • We had a guide who was taking us on pre-booked trips. He suggested we visit here as we had some free time. Such an interesting ruin. Able to see Maya at ceremony. Due to our guides excellent knowledge...  more »