- 6 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Visit the closest Mayan ruin to Lake Atitlan. These well preserved ruins include pyramid-temples, ball-courts, royal palaces, museum, and interpretive signs explaining the history of the site.
Built over 1000 years ago, this site is worth exploring. Mayan rituals are still performed at this site. Learn about the ancient Mayan civilization, the 5000 year old Mayan calendar, astrological observations, and how the modern day Mayan views their culture.
- Comprehensive tour of the city
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- All entrance fees included
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan, coach, or SUV
- Round-trip private/shared transportation (depending on tour option)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
- Entry/Admission - Iximche
- Food and drinks
Centrally located Panajachel hotels, or Xocomil Travel office on Calle Embarcadero in Panajachel
The late Post-Classic Maya ruins of Iximché was ruled by the Kaqchikel from the 12 - 15th century. Located in the municipal district of Tecpán, this archaeological site was the ancient capital of the Maya Kakchiquel Indians and Guatemala’s first capital “The Kingdom of Goathemala.”
These well preserved ruins, located on a promontory in the higher and cooler Sierra mountains, surrounded by steep slopes and pine trees. The spectacular scenery is worth the visit alone.
The architecture of the site included a number of pyramid-temples, palaces and two Mesoamerican ball-courts.
At the time of the Spanish conquest Iximche, was the second most important city in the Guatemalan Highlands, after the K'iche' capital at Q'umarkaj.
Conquistador Pedro de Alvarado was initially well received in the city in 1524 and the Kaqchikel Kings provided the Spanish with native allies to assist in the conquest of the other highland Maya kingdoms.
Iximche was declared the first capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala in the same year. Due to excessive Spanish demands for tribute the Kaqchikel soon broke the alliance and deserted their capital, which was burned in 1526 by Spanish deserters.
Mayan rituals are still performed at this site on important occasions. Chances of witnessing a Fire Ceremony are good.
The tour of the ruins usually takes around one-two hours.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We had Alex as out tour guide on this trip to the Iximche Mayan Ruins. He is awesome! Alex knows the area very well and understands the culture as he is of Mayan decent. The ruins were beautiful and very well maintained. You can feel the history at this site. Once again, we learned more about the Mayan culture than we ever expected.
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Guatemala! Our guide was amazing and shared so much knowledge about these Mayan ruins and current day Mayan culture. We even got to watch a ceremony taking place at the park! I was reluctant to book as I usally do not like guided tours but this was great