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Iximche, Panajachel

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Ruin Tourist Spot
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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  • This ancient Mayan city, has been excavated and now turned into a park. It is very beautiful, however the ruins have been badly desecrated graffiti by and modern etchings. In spite of an admission cha...  more »
  • It is a mixture of history and beautiful landscapes in one place. In addition to be able to take pictures at the site, also you can visit the Museum with the details of the beginning of Guatemala. There are some people selling typical articles but it is better that you always carry something to hydrate you.
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  • Back to Guatemala after visiting the villages of Lake Atitlán, was a great stop! The place still retains its charm, has a rich history. I recommend paying a local guide to explain the place, division, history, etc. Have much knowledge to contribute. In the background are doing Mayan ceremonies or rituals that worth sometimes see for a moment, only from afar not to interrupt them.
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