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Iximché (Guatemala)

Practical information about Iximché

  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Archaeological Site
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
It's a 1 hour 30 minute drive from Antigua
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Iximché

Perrine J. Travel writer
27 travel articles

Combining archaeology and sacred rituals, Iximché's Mayan ruins make up an important ceremonial site which is largely untouched by foreign tourists.

My suggestion:
Although this Mayan site is largely unknown to foreigners, it's very popular with the local people. If you want to visit at a quiet time, it's best to go during the week.

Iximché is one of those places that I hadn't originally planned on visiting while on holiday in Guatemala. In fact, I found myself there by accident. Iximché was once one of the major cities of the Mayan kingdom Kaqchikel, and today it boasts a small museum, large squares, and the remains of some temples, ball games and palaces.

Unlike the world-famous sites in the northern region of Petén, I never considered this small set of ruins to be a must-see, that was until I became acquainted with a Mayan priest (or "sacerdote"). One weekend, he took me to visit the site and I soon found myself side by side with several indigenous Mayans who had come from various parts of the Altiplano to go on a sort of pilgrimage. I was able to watch the sacred fire being prepared, and I learnt about the importance of the various elements used in Mayan ceremonies, such as candles, incense, cigars, alcohol and sugar...

Sacred fire used in Mayan ceremonies