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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  • A charming place where the last indigenous populations settled place of encounter between colonisers and indigenous. The site is very well presented, has a well structured Museum and the best is the local guide service that offers a highly structured presentation of the place. Contract these services is an advantage that will make you enjoy this visit.
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  • Iximché is a place sacred from the Kacchiquel ethnic group, is a place where a different atmosphere, it vibrates it is special, especially for those seeking peace and tranquility, or simply a time of relaxation.
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  • It took us longer than expected to get here from Guatemala City and we arrived about 15 minutes before it was supposed to close. Our driver spoke to the worker and asked us not to be rushed. We walked...  more »
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  • I hadn't expected that was really great. The experience was great because the ruins are very well maintained and this national park is very peaceful and beautiful. We were lucky because one tour guide accompanied us and explained so well. We enjoyed the short tour very much! If to go there, I recommend you to ask the for tour guide.
  • A must see in Guatemala, not as big as Tikal, but take your time, hire a guide, available at the park, and you will discover that the Maya were as advanced, if not more than other great civilizations.
  • Beautiful place to walk . Is little far way from the Guatemala city but you enjoy driving and see the difference . Is lot traffic.
  • Good place. Not crowded. Can visit if not raining.
  • A beautiful location. The museum has a nice model of the entire site. Getting a guide to walk the ruins and share the history is well worth the cost. This location is an easy day trip from Antigua and a great stop if you are headed for Atitlan/Pana....
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