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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  • One of the highlights of any trip to Guatemala is a visit to Mayan ruins. If you're visiting the Guatemala City-Antigua-Lake Atitlan areas and don't have the time or inclination to drive far to the no...  more »
  • This is pure history. Loved the scenery! Travel in larger groups due to solitary roads up and down the mountain. Must visit!  more »
  • 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 »
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  • It was a great experience! There is so much to see. You need to have more than a few hours to enjoy the view and see and climb some of the ruins...
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  • Ruins are well preserved, the place has its magic, also near the city.
  • I have took a visit to there last September.
  • It is an archaeological Center relatively close to the city. The Park is large with several squares and temples. The downside is that there is a visitor center at the site, some people put sales of beverages and souvenirs. There is a map in relief where you can see everything the Park and the surrounding area.
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