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Iximche, Panajachel

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 180+ 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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  • We found Iximche very interesting. It is not an easy place to get to, but we were lucky and had a local guide. We found out may things about Mayans and their culture. They are still very much active f...  read more »
  • Very scenic and cool Pre-Columbian Mayan ruins. Easy to get to from popular village of Antigua. Perhaps not as spectacular as Tikal (from what I've heard) but definitely worth seeing if you are stayin...  read more »
  • Beautiful ancient Mayan city. Small pyramids, but from the point of view of archaeology-very interesting. Admission is 50 quetzales per person. If you do not understand the Mayan history, you can take a guide, it will show and tell. True to this very desirable to know Spanish)
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  • 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.
  • Cool history. Fresh air. Worth the hour ride from the city.
  • 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. .
  • Matiosh chawe Miguel, excelente guia de Iximche, gracias por ensenarnos cada ruina y por tu conocimiento
  • Magnificent and magical place. This Maya site its located at about 2.5 miles from the highway. Beautiful place where Maya rituals are still practice.