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“Great intro to Mayan ruins” 4 of 5 stars
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Iximche
Tecpan, Chimaltenango, Guatemala, Panajachel, Guatemala
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Great intro to Mayan ruins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Ixmche is a treasure of Mayan ruins from the late Mayan history period, with the latest buildings dating to less than 50 years before the arrival of the Spanish. The first set of temples are particularly well preserved, having been restored about 40 years ago. The only drawback is that the guide signs are in the local language and Spanish only, no English. We went on our own, (no pre-arranged guide), and had a local guide give us a tour 'just for tips'. he was very good, but spoke little English. If you know Spanish, the guides there are great!

Visited September 2013
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Visalia,Ca
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“Worth Visiting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Comparatively few tourists visit the ruins and the majority that do are Guatemalan nationals. Few realize that in 1524 the Spanish established Iximche as the first capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. Iximche was called Guatemala by the Spanish, from the Nahuatl Quauhtemallan meaning "forested land". Since the Spanish conquistadors founded their first capital at Iximche, they took the name of the city used by their Nahuatl-speaking Mexican allies and applied it to the new Spanish city and, by extension, to the kingdom. From this comes the modern name, Guatemala, of the country.

Visited August 2013
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Bronx, New York, United States
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“Very cool ruins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Iximche is a smaller Mayan ruins site, but it's really cool. There's a ton of space to walk around, posters explaining the site, and if you walk to the back of the site, there are people doing Mayan rituals. It was a very interesting experience.

Visited August 2013
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Antigua
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“Blue Birds, Skulls and Gold”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Iximche is the easiest Mayan site to visit, located some 40 kilometers NW of Antigua. Turn off the CA-1 highway, now four lanes, at the sign that reads 'Tecpan.' The town is perhaps 3 kilometers away and easy to navigate, with blue and white signs that read 'Iximche', except for the last straightaway but people are friendly and will point out the way. The site is located up in the cool and pine forested highlands and is perfect for a picnic lunch (bring one, no facilities on site). The cost to get in is 50q or $6 USD and there won't be very many people. It is a main Mayan site for regular ceremonies and one of the mysteries are the replica gold jewelry in the museum. Where/how and who? trading with Mexico? The history is interesting, considering the city only lasted some fifty years.

Visited May 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Worth a stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We spent about an hour exploring Iximche and enjoyed the ruins and the fresh air. If our Spanish comprehension was more advanced, we would have better understood what we were looking at. There’s a decent public bathroom and areas to have a picnic just outside the actual site of the ruins. Since we did not have plans to visit other Mayan ruins on this trip, Iximche was a perfect stop to make on the way to Panajachel from Antigua.

Visited January 2013
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