Mayan Ruins Iximche Guatemala is the closest Mayan ruins to Lake Atitlan Guatemala. Located near Lake Atitlan this Maya Kakchikel site is a fun day trip from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City, and Antigua Guatemala. The Mayan Ruins Iximche Guatemala is a trip into the past where Spanish conquistadors established their first capital in Guatemala from 1470 to its abandonment in 1524.
Mayan Ruins Iximche Guatemala
Guatemala’s rich and mysterious past is still visible in the amazing ancient ruins found throughout the country. From the impressive towering pyramids of Tikal in the archaeological jungle region of the Petén Basin to the smaller but still impressive Iximche ruins located in the Highlands of Guatemala in the Sierra mountains, Mayan heritage continues to draw tourists from across the globe.
Located in Tecpán Guatemala lie the remains of Iximche, an ancient Mayan city located on an easily defensible ridge surrounded by deep ravines. This archaeological site will enrich your understanding of this interesting and sometimes misunderstood culture. Most visitors to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City and Antigua Guatemala have never heard about this ancient Mayan city, even though it is located only an hour from Lake Atitlan, two hours from Guatemala City, and an hour and a half from Antigua Guatemala.
The site’s name, Iximche, derives from the Mayan words ixim and che, meaning literally “maize tree”. The main highlights of this archaeological site include pyramid-temples, ball-courts, palaces, a small museum, and interpretive signs throughout the park that explain its history.
The Mayan Ruins Iximche Guatemala is a great way to experience ancient Mayan culture without the crowds.
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