Mixco Viejo

Mixco Viejo, San Juan Sacatepequez: Address, Mixco Viejo Reviews: 4.5/5

Mixco Viejo
4.5

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OntheRoad802
Santa Cruz, CA3 contributions
Guatemalan Ruins - Best
Feb. 2020
Had a great time learning about the Mixco ruins. Not the biggest or fanciest temples, but you can crawl/ climb all over them. These ruins give you a great idea of what 'day to day' life may have been. Excellent find and wonderful visit.
Written 5 March 2020
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franciscomorales
United States228 contributions
Outstanding
May 2018 • Friends
These ruined are amazing they do a great job in keeping them clean. When you arrive there you really get an amazing feeling of what it was like to live back in those days. They skill it took to make these ruined out of stone is amazing. This area is not overcrowded with tourists and to get there you have to pass several small villages where you can tell how wonderful and lovable Guatemala’s people are. If you are into Mayan culture this is a place to visit.
Written 24 May 2018
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MichiganZumbido
Michigan299 contributions
Comprehensive Site, Spectacular Views
Jan. 2018 • Friends
The well fortified city fell to the Spanish led by Pedro Alverdo in 1520, following a month long siege that employed additional Mayan mercenaries, Spanish calvery and firearms. The Spanish massacred many and enslaved the remaining inhabitants, Alverado then ordering the city burned. The city is an example of late post-classic Mayan construction with a decided emphasis on fortification as this group of Mayan were, at this time, at war with others to the north and west, a fact that further aided the Spanish in their own conquest. The site is easily toured, at a leisurely pace, in a span of two hours with time to sit an contemplate the wonderful distant vistas from its elevated location. The site has been largely reconstructed, but this in no way diminishes, rather enhancing, the experience. Signage is in Espanol. It lies some 30 miles, likely 1 and one half hours along increasingly winding roads with tight, blind turns, north of Guatemala City. Take a tour or hire a driver.
Written 16 January 2018
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didreyfus
Panajachel, Guatemala118 contributions
Military -- Stark Ruins
Jul. 2017 • Friends
The site is a citadel overlooking steep ravines..
the platform like buildings do not seem religious at all but rather wholly defensive. Royalty could hardly be carried aloft on these step ladder size treads with any dignity.

The twin towers are an arm span apart....perhaps boards spanned the tops allowing a few warriors to pass back and forth. Maybe they were part of a structure to transmit fire or smoke signals..

The park and landscape are beautiful
but picnics are not allowed.
Written 11 August 2017
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mark d
San Diego, CA154 contributions
Hard to get to. Worth the trip
Apr. 2017 • Friends
One of the highlights of any trip to Guatemala is a visit to Mayan ruins. If you're visiting the Guatemala City-Antigua-Lake Atitlan areas and don't have the time or inclination to drive far to the northeast part of the country to see impressive ruins, go visit Mixco Viejo instead.

Mixco Viejo is about 30 miles from Zone 10 in Guatemala City, but one wrong turn can turn into a very, very long (but interesting) drive. Once there, you'll enjoy a beautiful, uncrowded archaeological site with spectacular views of the valleys below. Go in, climb around and enjoy!

It's a trip that's definitely worth the effort. Just make sure you stay on Highway 5 and make sure your GPS is in good working order.
Written 1 May 2017
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nelybea29
61 contributions
Great place!
Mar. 2017 • Family
This is pure history. Loved the scenery! Travel in larger groups due to solitary roads up and down the mountain. Must visit!
Written 4 March 2017
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Marisa F
Chicago, Illinois, United States36 contributions
Amazing archaeological site!
Jul. 2016 • Friends
As an archaeologist, I'm used to seeing archaeological sites that have been reconstructed, but WOW, this site was amazing! Absolutely breathtaking & scenic vistas, well kept grounds...I didn't want to leave. Some additional signage about the structures & history would be a welcome addition for visitors. Some info is available there, but since I do not speak/read Spanish, I was out of luck. I highly recommend a visit here if you're anywhere near this area. I can't wait to return!
Written 7 August 2016
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Ian D
Brattleboro, VT390 contributions
Great destination! Worth it!
Feb. 2016 • Friends
These ruins are spectacular! One of the nice things is that they are out of the way so it's not very busy. The people who were there were super friendly and helpful. Bring water! Or money to buy water. It is a very big complex so if you love views and history and enjoy the outdoors then plan on spending the day. There's lots of history here and breathtaking views!
Written 29 February 2016
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Brenda H
105 contributions
Beautiful Mayan history
Jan. 2016 • Friends
Large Mayan ruin, lots of walking, stairs, etc. I've visited several Mayan ruins and this one is unique in its size, lush greenery, vistas. Fee to get in but then you can easily wander on your own.
Written 14 January 2016
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Michael S
4 contributions
Not like any other Mayan site
Jan. 2014 • Friends
I had no idea what to expect but from the moment we arrived at the top of the drive, the views only got better. Far below, canyons and a distant river wound its way through the trees. We parked by what was the secret entrance, by which the Spanish Conquistadors supposedly made their fateful entrance hundreds of years ago and it was quiet, very quiet: The ticket seller took a few quetzals and gave us the simple brochure. There is a large and very well detailed recreation of the sprawling site at the next level upward and then one begins to get a feeling for the size of the once-magical city. There's a fair amount of walking but unless you're climbing any of the altars, it's an easy but spread-out series of superbly fitted stone structures which once were covered in plaster. The views are tremendous from this mountain-top remnant of the final days of Mayan glory but take water and sit in the shade along the way. It may be quiet but its not dull.
Written 9 August 2014
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