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. Plan a trip to Panajachel easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • We booked a ride from Panajachel and the driver dropped us off at main road intersection, about 5km from Iximche. Although we booked the tour to the site we didn’t understand that we’d be dropped off....  more
    We booked a ride from Panajachel and the driver dropped us off at main road intersection, about 5km from Iximche. Although we booked the tour to the site we didn’t understand that we’d be dropped off....  more »
  • Toured here with my family. The staff was very friendly and made it very exciting for my younger cousin :) Beautiful area and great history! 
    Toured here with my family. The staff was very friendly and made it very exciting for my younger cousin :) Beautiful area and great history!  more »
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  • It's a pretty nice place to go and the ruins are kind of intact. Most of the area is outside ruins, though there is also a museum that shows some artifacts and explains some stuff about there. I personally had the chance to see a ceremony though I do not know how common those are or if they are common. My only complaint is in the museum there is not any English for the things to read in the museum. There are also tour guides so they may be able to explain it though I am not sure.
  • The site is small, but of historic relevance. It's well kept. Entrance bathrooms a clean. Short drive from Guatemala city. Book a guide on site to understand the history and what the buildings are.

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