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 pure history. Loved the scenery! Travel in larger groups due to solitary roads up and down the mountain. Must visit!  more »
  • The ruins are very curious, a very nice place, a large park, the only problem is that it is a neglected Park, dusty place not much rain, they charge you 5.00 Q entrance to nationals, foreigners is much more expensive, but the problem is that you charge cheap and insurance does not reach for the maintenance of the Park, the road have just been re modeling and can go in any type of vehicle Highway concrete, easy to reach place, lead Cap knew, is a place a little warm, easy to get to signs on the road, after approximately 20 km, truck brakes Montúfar must be in good condition because you're on very steep slopes.
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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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  • 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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