Ruinas de Zaculeu
Ruinas de Zaculeu
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LSUTGR1
Phoenix, AZ1,276 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I showed up at the entrance of this place at 3PM, 1.5 hours before closing time. Not only did the staff not let me in, they told me that I should have showed up at 8AM and collected a ticket only to be admitted into the premise at the afternoon within a specific time slot. So they basically wanted to make sure I don't see any other place within the area. And their tickets are overpriced, and from what I saw from the outside, the ruins are very unimpressive compared to the other big ones in the country, like Tikal.
Written June 11, 2022
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igerfg34
Guatemala City, Guatemala2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Family
Huhuetenango is one of the departments of Guatemala that has more cultural diversity, therefore, it is one of the departments that you do or have to visit when traveling to Guatemala. What can you do in Huhuetenango? You can visit Zaculeu, Zaculeu, was the capital of the kingdom Man a manor of the Mayan civilization, a pre-Columbian archaeological site.
It was populated in the Early Classic period, and shows the influences of "Teotihuacan" place where men become gods, this would be what it meant.

A ceremonial center "man" whose origins go back to the year .600 of our era. Where its buildings are pyramidal, in board style with double staircases.
Sanctuaries around the square where even today there are samples of the fire of the ball, between two buildings that measure about 48 mt.
As well as these, there are many more Mayan ruins that you can visit in Huhuetenango, you can also visit the Laguna Magdalena or you can go to the sierra de los cuchumatanes, to make the experience more authentic, it is advisable to make the journey on public transport buses . Of course, it is important to go sitting on the left side, and on the side of the window. You have to take out the camera and have it ready: it will not be difficult to take photographs since the trip will be slow and in constant climb.

The first section is perhaps the least impressive. From Huehuetenango to Chiantla there is a minimum distance, and almost the entire road is urbanized. The best starts happening this population, when the mountains open and the green leaves to reduce. The grass seems cut by the best gardeners, the cliffs fall impressively hundreds and hundreds of meters, the ladies walk along the side of the road leading their sheep to graze.

They say that Todos Santos is the freezer in Guatemala, and they are absolutely right. When the fog goes down and both the road and the village are covered, the temperature reaches the lowest levels in the whole country. It seems impossible to change from Huehuetenango, the contrast in so few kilometers. It is a good start to begin to know the most beautiful Guatemala.
Written March 14, 2018
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Luis S
El Paso, TX72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
This was my first visit to this ceremonial center as part of the Mayan culture. I am not a religious person, however, I am a spiritual person who enjoyed this visit and was fortunate enough to meet with a female Mayan priest who arrived around the same time to do a spiritual visit. I asked permission to join her and her daughter.
This visit requires lots of walking and climbing steps at the pyramids or ceremonial centers. It is beautiful place, there are refreshments and souvenirs available at site and outside.
Written February 16, 2019
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EstefBB
262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
*Zaculeu is a Mayan Archeological Site.
*It was an important center during the Classic period.
*Zaculeu was the capital of the Mam Maya Kingdom.
*It was continuously occupied until its defeat by the Spanish conquest.
*It was “restored” by the United Fruit Company in the 1940s.
*There is a Museum on site that exhibits skulls and pottery from burials found on one of the structures as well as photographs from the 1935 New Adventures of Tarzan film.
*You can climb most of the pyramids.
Written January 12, 2019
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Linda C
Guatemala37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
This was my second trip to Zaculeu, and after visiting many other ruins in Guatemala and Mexico, I was saddened by the preservation work done in the past by the United Fruit Co. They essentially poured concrete over everything that looked like it might be original, so it had the charm of a plastic snow globe. There are vendors selling plastic Made in China souvenirs, as well as fruit drinks and chips in the middle of the ruins. Yes, you can climb on the pyramids, and like so many others have done in the past, probably scratch your initials in the cement.

The good news is that there are quite a few other pyramids that have not been excavated, so there is hope for the future. There is a small, but very well stocked museum on the grounds that is well worth the time.
Written May 24, 2016
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sesi1979
Trenton, NJ44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
This beautiful temple site from the Mayan period is a must see if you love history! There are several pyramids and temples that you can climb and see first hand. Our family greatly enjoyed this trip back in time and connecting with our ancestors. Be ready to walk and wear comfortable shoes if you plan to climb to the top of the pyramids.
Written May 7, 2019
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Eddienjcol
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
This ruins are fun but are really small I trough that I will need hours to check it out but not, in about hour and half you done, is nice anyway to be in a place like this is so different, check out the museum to have some knowledge about this ruins, I was in a weekday so was almost empty was perfect to take pictures on weekends someone told me that is a lot of tourists there.
Written January 16, 2017
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Maria_nee07
Guatemala City, Guatemala35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Beautiful place. We had a great walk and then we enjoyed the day in the park.

We visited the museum and had a great day.

We were able to climb the pyramids.
Written December 10, 2023
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Rufli K
London, UK467 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This could be a nice site, if it were cleaned up, organized and had some information in English language of which there is ZERO! The ruins are not very intricate, no carvings, but yet worth a visit and educational.
Written May 26, 2019
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Carolminer
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
If you like ruins and history and taking a trip to the past, this is a great place to enjoy the local folklore. If you are lucky, you may catch a Mayan ceremony and some insight into how the Ancient Maya lived long ago.
Written April 23, 2019
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