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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour

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Antigua, Guatemala

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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Explore the fascinating Spanish and Mayan history of Guatemala on this family-friendly 8-hour tour to Iximché and colonial Antigua. Wander the atmospheric archaeological site of Iximché to discover the history of the Mayans. Then head to Antigua, former colonial capital, where you’ll visit the San Francisco Church, Calle del Arco, La Merced Church and the central plaza. Your excursion also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel, a guide and all entrance fees.
  • Full day tour of Iximché and Antigua
  • Visit the archeological site of Iximché, the first capital of Guatemala
  • Explore the colonial city of Antigua on a sightseeing tour
  • Learn the history of the city from your expert guide as you visit La Merced Church, Calle del Arco, Central Plaza, San Francisco Church and more
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off and all entrance fees included
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up time will be within 15 minutes of the established departure time in your confirmation.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Take a deep dive into two of the most fascinating periods of Guatemalan history as you explore the Mayan ruins at Iximché, followed by a trip through the colonial city of Antigua. This family-friendly tour is the perfect introduction to the history and architecture of this fascinating region.

Start your morning with pickup at 9am from your Antigua hotel, continuing to the archaeological site of Iximché, located about an hour northwest of town, with your guide. This unique site was once the capital of the Kaqchiquel Maya, offering a great introduction to the Mayan customs and culture. Check out the site’s four ceremonial plazas, flanked by ball courts and its taller temple buildings. The plazas are believed to have been locations for residents' housing and special events, while the ball courts were dedicated to an intriguing sport played by the Mayans that dates to 1400 BC.

After spending two hours at Iximché, continue back to Antigua for a city tour. Stop for lunch at a centrally located restaurant (at your own expense) before heading to the Central Plaza to visit San Francisco Church. Inside the church, take a look at the shrine of Peter of St. Joseph Betancur. Then continue on to the ruins of Santo Domingo Monastery, formerly one of the grandest in all of Central America. Proceed next to the arch of Santa Catalina, one of Antigua’s most iconic landmarks and once the home of Santa Catalina Convent.

Wrap up your tour with a visit to the beautiful baroque-style La Merced Church and with a stop at the Jade Museum, where you’ll view the property’s unique jewelry collection and see artisans as they create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Finish with a drop off back at your Antigua hotel.
Stop At:  
After pickup from your Antigua hotel, venture northwest approximately an hour to the dusty town of Tecpán. Here, explore the Mayan ruins of Iximché, once the Kaqchiquel Maya capital and a Guatemala must-see attraction. Upon entering the ruins, you'll see four ceremonial plazas, which are surrounded by tall temple structures and two ball courts. Tour the site with your knowledgeable guide and discover the ancient history of Guatemala.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Plaza Central Park
Stop for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) before visiting the Central Plaza with your guide.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Casa del Jade
Watch craftsmen turn stones into unique jewels and see the jade collection housed at the museum. After the tour, you'll be taken back to your hotel.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Iglesia de La Merced
Next, visit La Merced Church, which has a beautiful Baroque-style façade.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande
Then, head back down to Antigua's Central Plaza, where you'll visit San Francisco Church, home to the shrine of Peter of St Joseph Betancur. See also the famous arch of Santa Catalina, built in the 17th century and once home to Santa Catalina Convent.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Guatemalan Adventure

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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The ruins
, Feb 2020
I left my phone and credit card in the van after my excursion to the ruins. I was understandably freaked-out. But the next day they drive from Guatemala City to my hotel in Antigua and dropped off my belongings. Without my phone and credit card my vacation could have been ruined, but they handled my crisis with prompt professionalism. My guide, Mirko, was great.
Great experience
, Feb 2020
Beautiful experience with a very knowledgeable guide. Learned alot about the Maya cultures and had the opportunity to take some amazing photos of Antigua!
Well organised, knowledgeable guide
, May 2019
Belisario was very kind and easy to talk to. Excellent English, entry fees for attractions were included. Felt very safe and we asked many questions about Guatemala and the sites. Would highly recommend, this was a highlight of the trip!
Great day, made even better by our...
Carlos S
, Aug 2016
Great day, made even better by our outstanding guide Miguel who was friendly, informative and even went out of his way to bring us to a store when my wife needed some items.
The Iximche tour was fun.. the guide...
Snita M
, Jul 2016
The Iximche tour was fun.. the guide had a lot of interesting things to tell us about the tour.. the city tour was meh.... the churches were closed in the afternoon.. most of the places we saw from outside.. and took pics.. we were able to spend 3 hrs.. but i am not sure if we needed a guide.
Miguel was our Guide for this...
Judith M
, Jun 2016
Miguel was our Guide for this excursion. He has a world of information about the Mayan culture. His knowledge about Iximche helped bring the site alive. The stops that were made in Antigua City were wonderful to see. It was great walking through the city and seeing the people as they go about their daily lives.

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