Shore Excursion Details

Maya Phenomenon & Ancient Ruins

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Maya Phenomenon & Ancient Ruins


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Today you will travel through the lowlands into the highlands of Guatemala to visit the Maya site of Iximche. You will meet your friendly and knowledgeable guide at the pier and board your air-conditioned transportation for the guided 2.5 hour drive through the scenic countryside in Guatemala towards the Maya site of Iximche, a late post-classic archaeological site in the western highlands.

Iximche was the capital of the Kaqchikel Maya from 1470 until 1524 when it was abandoned after the Spanish Conquistadores defeated them. Upon arrival you will tour the site as your guide provides you with relevant information about the structures and the importance of the Mayan Calendar and the so called 2012 "end of the world" phenomenon. You might also be able to witness, from a distance, a real Maya ritual since they are performed regularly on the site and are not part of a tourist attraction. Local Maya Shamans say that Iximche is a site of great universal energy.

After the tour you will continue to a nearby local restaurant for a much-deserved lunch before heading back to the pier. The meal will be served at Hacienda Real Restaurant and the menu consists of grilled chicken breasts, rice, refried beans, local fresh cheese, local dessert, tortillas and coffee or tea.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility concerns. Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring sunglasses, a hat sunscreen, bug spray and your camera. This tour goes over 7,000 feet above sea level. Guests are recommended to have a healthy breakfast before the tour and bring a light jacket for colder weather and/or rain.

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Excursion Type:

Tour panoramici e della città
Siti di interesse storico

Activity Level:

Titolo immagine
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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