Perched on top of a fortified hilltop, and surrounded by a deep moat, sits the pre-Colombian archaeological site of Iximche.

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Key Stats

Flight from London London

10:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

Once the capital of the Kakchiquel Maya, classical traditions and local rituals created a unique blend of cultures, which thrived for over three centuries until their defeat at the hands of the notorious Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Alvarado, founder of nearby Antigua.

The ruins are made up of four central plazas, each containing between one and three temples, a number of surrounding palaces and several smaller platforms believed to have been used for ceremonial rites. You can easily spend a few hours wandering the site.

There is also a museum, where sculptures, ceramics and other pieces found during the excavation and restoration of the site are on display. If you're lucky you might experience a local shaman ritual taking place at one of the temples which include sacrifices and offerings to the gods.

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Original Highlight

Image of Will Boocock

The absolute best way to see Iximche is from the air on a helicopter transfer from Antigua to Lake Atitlan or vice versa. Not cheap, but a great way to save some time and see this stunning country from the air.

Will,

Where to stay

Palacio de Dona Leonor

Palacio de Dona Leonor

Palacio de Dona Leonor is an authentic mansion steeped in 500 years of history, evident the minute one steps through its heavy oak doors.

Posada del Angel

Posada del Angel

This pretty little inn is built in the Spanish colonial style but has a strong Guatemalan feel, from the friendly staff to the brightly woven textiles in each room.

Casa Encantada

Casa Encantada

One of the most hospitable places to stay in one of Latin America's must-see cities.

Panza Verde

Panza Verde

Panza Verde is a gorgeous boutique property with plenty of character and warmth.

El Convento

El Convento

Hidden away down one of Antigua’s cobbled streets, El Convento is located opposite the 18th Century Capuchin convent, and is at once quiet and central.

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