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Sitio Arqueológico Kaminal Juyú, Guatemala City

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Open Hours: Mo to Su from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
This archeological site from the late pre-classical period constituted the largest and most powerful Mayan city of the highlands. Built by the Mayan civilization, it was located on a fertile plain at an elevation of 1,500 meters. It was a very important commercial center, which traded in jade and obsidian. The area comprises over 200 excavations showing Mayan ceramics, sculpture and architecture. Many of the structures remain at an underground level, as that is the best way to preserve them. In order to see the excavations you need to ask for a special permit from the Instituto Guatemalteco de Antropologia e Historia (12 Avenida 11-65, Zone 1). The excavations show the engineering and architectural works performed by the Mayan civilization that inhabited this vast city.