Mixco Viejo, San Juan Sacatepequez
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Mixco Viejo, occasionally spelt Mixcu Viejo, is an archaeological site in the north east of the Chimaltenango department of Guatemala, some 50km to the north of Guatemala City and 4km from the junction of the rivers Pixcaya and Motagua. It is a moderate sized ruined city of the Postclassic Maya civilization.The archaeological site and tourist attraction of Mixco Viejo was named after being erroneously associated with the Postclassic Poqomam capital referred to in colonial records by that name. The archaeological site has now been identified as Jilotepeque Viejo, the capital of the Chajoma Kaqchikel kingdom. To distinguish between the two, the ruins of the Chajoma capital are now referred to as Mixco Viejo while the former Poqomam capital is referred to as Mixco Viejo .This confusion in the identification of the site has hindered study. The Chajoma capital has been investigated archaeologically, under the assumption that it was the Poqomam capital. Although the Chajoma ruins of Jilotepeque Viejo have been well described archaeologically, the archaeological data has been associated with the history of a different site entirely. Doubts about the identification of the archaeological site were first raised by Robert M. Carmack, who realised that the supposed Poqomam capital was not located within the Poqomam linguistic area but rather within the linguistic area of the Kaqchikels. The Poqomam who were settled in the new colonial settlement of Mixco by the Spanish had a long history of fine polychrome ceramic production, but no evidence of such production had been recovered during archaeological investigations, and the ruins were considered too distant from colonial Mixco.
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  • This is my favorite ruin in Guatemala. It's not very big, but I was impressed by the land in which it was built. With a large ravine on one of aus sides, it's a very well-protected city. In addition, stone used in the pyramids is very original and I do not know another one of that style. The access road is not very good, but lanpena is worth the effort.
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  • As an archaeologist, I'm used to seeing archaeological sites that have been reconstructed, but WOW, this site was amazing! Absolutely breathtaking & scenic vistas, well kept grounds...I didn't want to...  more »
  • Close to Guatemala, 60 kilometers, this archaeological site can be considered the best work of restoration of pre-Hispanic structures on the high lands of Guatemala. The squares with the Postclassic period structures show how how defensive sites were built before the arrival of the Spaniards. The site is very well served in terms of landscaping and maintenance, also have advanced enough with information for visitors. It can be reached from Chichicastenango looking for the path of Joyabaj (was the route that I used) and also by San Juan Sacatepéquez. Is imperative bring hat, water bottled and something for the snack, because in the site it maximum that can get is a hailstorm. Weather warm and dry enough, 700 metres above sea level. GTQ 5 for Guatemalans and GTQ 50 for foreigners.
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  • Amazing place.
  • Ruins are well preserved, the place has its magic, also near the city.
  • I have took a visit to there last September.
  • Archaeological site walled, medium-sized in comparison to others in Guatemala. Very well preserved, restored in its majority. It is a place which is located in the middle of a very dry tropical forest. It is suggested to visit him at the two stations, color gold by the aridity is observed in the dry and highlight the structures that were made with pyrite. During the rainy season, the greenness of the grass, monte and trees, contrasts with the structures. Managers try to keep it very clean. Usually the local tourists do not contribute with the order and cleanliness.
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  • An archaeological and mythical place is where dwelt the Cakchiquel culture.
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