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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. See Iximche and all Panajachel has to offer by arranging your trip with our Panajachel tourist route planner.
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  • We stopped here enroute from Antigua to Lake Atitlàn, we asked for a guide called Alex, he was delightful and good with kids, we had three young grandchildren in tow. All very interesting. 
  • In addition to the sacred site, we were lucky to be able to have a shaman conduct a fire ceremony for us. Very special and moving. 
  • C'est un très beau cite maya qui en vaut le détour si vous faites le chemin Antigua, Lac Atitlan. Il y a plusieurs temples dans un état moyen. Le seul souci c'est qu'il n'existe presque qu'aucune info...  more »
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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