Mixco Viejo, the capital of the Pokoman Maya, is an area of important maya ruins: it is one of the finest completely-restored ... More
Mixco Viejo, the capital of the Pokoman Maya, is an area of important maya ruins: it is one of the finest completely-restored archaeological sites in the country. The site is not easy to reach by public transport, so the best option outside of the tour is to hire a vehicle--a four-wheel drive is needed as the last 15 kilometers of road is a dirt track.The bus trip takes between two and three hours each way, making it difficult to get there and back in one day. There are no facilities near the site, so you must take food, drink and toilet paper. It is possible to camp overlooking the ruins.
Was great Trip, will go back many more times,, the weather was excellent,, the whole family will enjoy, the people are so servicial- what are you waiting for?? the best to visit was June-december and may.
I enjoyed my trip to Guatemala. Tips on a great vacation: First, search for a good Hotel. Second: Make a list of the most popular places and have fun and relaxxxx.
Best time to travel to Guatemala would be during "Semana Santa", around Easter. Also, during Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Many fireworks and fiestas happening.
Mixco Viejo is a beautiful Mayan site located about 1.5 hours outside of Guatemala City. The admission charged to foreigners is Q25 (or roughly $3.33) per person and the roads to get there are good, although there is no directional signage until you are fairly close to your destination. I recommend checking with a local for detailed driving directions before you leave.
I say do your homework because once you arrive there is a relief map of the site with the various plazas and areas labeled, but there is absolutely no other information (in any language) to inform you about the site or its culture anywhere on the property. A guide book I own referred to a planned museum, but according to the worker I spoke with this project was short lived and no longer exists.
Despite the lack of information, the views alone are worth the trip and the remains have been well restored. Some of the taller temples provide an excellent view of the site from their summits. Be sure to note the carved serpent heads on either side of the ball courts.
One caution: On the day we went there were some folks working in the parking lot. My wife was not feeling well and stayed in our van while the rest of our group went in. Not 5 minutes after we left, one of the workers (not realizing she was still there) tried all of the doors to see if they were locked. Definitely lock your vehicle and secure your belongings!
It is hard to describe the beauty of these important ruins.The preservation of the ruins helps to imagine how these people may have lived.The surrounding mountains and valleys have to be seen to be appreciated.The ruins require a moderate hike and take about an hour to view. Be sure to have plenty of film or disc space as the photo ops are numerous.
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