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Located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican site of Iximche was the capital of the late post-classic Kaqchikel Maya kingdom from 1470 until it was ultimately abandoned in 1524 and then declared a Guatemalan National Monument in the 1960s.

Once in the archeological site, you will see four ceremonial plazas surrounded by tall temples and two ball courts. There is also a small museum displaying sculptures and ceramics found at Iximche during excavations. As you tour the site, look for poorly preserved painted murals and listen to guides as they talk about evidence of human sacrifice found at Iximche.

Originally, the Kaqchikel maintained their capital at what is present-day Chichicastenango but then moved to Iximche sometime around 1470 due to the rampant expansion movement and growing power of their K’iche rivals. Iximche was built along the safer 7,000-foot-high (2,134-meter-high) mountain ridge, surrounded by deep ravines. It took the Kaqchikel only about 50 years to get developed again as a city, and although they were able to ward off some attacks by the K’iche, the Spanish conquistadors soon arrived. An alliance was offered to assist with gaining control of other Mayan kingdoms, so Iximche was then declared the first capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. Due to overbearing requests from the Spanish, the Kaqchikel broke the alliance and left Iximche, which was ultimately burned two years later by Spanish deserters.

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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

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Take a tour from Guatemala City that showcases the mix of Spanish and Mayan traditions that have influenced this incredible nation. Journey into the Iximche ruins—one of Guatemala’s most famous archeological sites—and then make your way to the iconic Spanish colonial town of Antigua. Follow your expert guide to all of the local sites, including churches, plazas and shops—before making your way back to Guatemala City after this exciting day trip.
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  • 9 hours
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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour

Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour

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Explore the fascinating Spanish and Mayan history of Guatemala on this family-friendly 8-hour tour to Iximché and colonial Antigua. Wander the atmospheric archaeological site of Iximché to discover the history of the Mayans. Then head to Antigua, former colonial capital, where you’ll visit the San Francisco Church, Calle del Arco, La Merced Church and the central plaza. Your excursion also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel, a guide and all entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
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8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins

8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins

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Experience Guatemala’s top attractions, marveling at its stunning natural beauty and exploring its fascinating ancient history, on this 8-day tour. Discover the colonial architecture of charming Antigua before chilling out along the stunning shores of Lake Atitlán and its idyllic villages. Then dive into ancient Mayan history at the ruins of Tikal and Yaxha before capping the trip off with a hike to the summit of the country’s Pacaya Volcano. This all-inclusive tour also includes 7 nights of accommodation, transport between all sites by private vehicle, entrance fees and meals as per the itinerary.
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  • 8 days
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IXIMCHE MAYAN RUINS TOUR from La Antigua

IXIMCHE MAYAN RUINS TOUR from La Antigua

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Get a glimpse of pre-Columbian life with a visit to archaeological site Iximche. Just 90 minutes from Antigua, this site was once capital of the Kaqchikel Maya Kingdom. Thanks to excellent restoration you can visit former palaces, temples, plazas, ball courts, murals, and a small museum of artifacts. Your guide will share background and point out historical details, such as signs of human sacrifice that linger at the site.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Private Half-Day Tour in Mayan City IXIMCHE

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Private Half-Day Tour in Mayan City IXIMCHE

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Visit the ancient Mayan ruins of Iximche on a half-day tour from Panajachel. Your guide shares live commentary about the Mayan civilization in Guatemala, and the importance of key structures you see. You’ll travel early to beat the heat, and ride in comfort by air-conditioned minivan.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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3-Day Private Guatemala Tour with the Ancestral Mayan Culture

3-Day Private Guatemala Tour with the Ancestral Mayan Culture

Imagine an immense lake, sparkling in the sunlight, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes covered with blooming wildflowers... That’s exactly where we'll take you to discover the lake’s secret towns by boat ride and a guided tour that’ll give you insight into the heart of the Mayan culture. The local Mayans say that Lake Atitlan holds unique energy fields that run through the area. Whether you feel the vibes or not, there’s no denying a lake is a special place. You'll learn the day by day of the locals and the many chores and artisan products they make, from natural dying, herbal uses, chocolate procedures to painting techniques. In the end, we'll see the adventure face of the lake by going to a Natural Reserve that holds the longest Canopy of Guatemala, enjoy its walking trails, lagoon beaches, and butterfly domes.
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  • 3 days
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11-Day Mayan Ruins Tour: Guatemala and Copán

11-Day Mayan Ruins Tour: Guatemala and Copán

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Experience the magnificence of Guatemala’s Mayan ruins on an 11-day tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Be seduced by the dramatic landscapes of the Western Highlands as you visit San Tomas Church and discover the history behind Iximche, Guatemala’s first capital. Marvel at the natural splendor of Lake Atitlan; cross the border to Honduras to see the UNESCO-listed Copan archaeological site; and travel to the Caribbean Coast to absorb the ancient majesty of Tikal and Yaxha. Enjoy 10 nights of comfortable accommodation, meals indicated by the itinerary and transportation by air-conditioned minivan.
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Iximche Archeological Site + Nature, Canopy & Go Karts - Families Favorite Tour

Iximche Archeological Site + Nature, Canopy & Go Karts - Families Favorite Tour

Iximche is a fascinating place. Visitors will be able to see the old pyramids built by the Maya, and some of the most active Altars where modern Maya use to perform ancient rituals and burn offerings to their supernatural ancestors. Afterward, we will be visiting a great place in the middle of nature called Paseo Xejasmin. This place has a lot of fun activities in the middle of the forest. We`re pretty sure you will enjoy this day to the fullest.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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What are Iximché hours of operation?
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Iximché hours of operation: Daily from 8am until 5pm.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Iximché tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Iximché can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 8 Iximché tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Iximché 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Iximché costs USD 76.93. Guided Iximché tours start around USD 76.93 per person. See all 8 Iximché tickets and tours on Viator.
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