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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Take a tour from Guatemala City that showcases the mix of Spanish and Mayan traditions that have influenced this incredible nation. Journey into the Iximche ruins—one of Guatemala’s most famous archeological sites—and then make your way to the iconic Spanish colonial town of Antigua. Follow your expert guide to all of the local sites, including churches, plazas and shops—before making your way back to Guatemala City after this exciting day trip.
  • Tour to Iximché and Antigua from Guatemala City
  • Visit the archeological site of Iximché, the first capital of Guatemala
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Spanish colonial city of Antigua
  • Hear about the city’s history 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 are included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We offer pick up from centrally located hotels in Guatemala City

Departure Time

7:00 AM
Experience the beauty and history of Guatemala on this Iximche Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City. Your jam-packed daytrip will highlight the best of this diverse nation by showcasing the country’s Spanish and Mayan influences.

Your friendly guide will meet you at your Guatemala City hotel and transport you northwest of the city, where you’ll stop at Iximche—Mayan ruins located in the dusty town of Tecpan. You’ll explore the famous archeological site with your knowledgeable guide, who will take you past ceremonial plazas, towering temples and ancient ball courts. Many of the sites you’ll see date back as far as 1400 BC.

Spend a couple of hours exploring the grounds before heading to Antigua, about an hour away. You’ll drive in air-conditioned comfort through scenic countryside and arrive at this incredible colonial city lined with picturesque cobblestone streets. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) and then walk to Central Plaza with your guide. Hear stories about San Francisco Church, where the shrine of Peter of St Joseph Betancur is located. Explore the stunning ruins of Santo Domingo Monastery—one of the most picturesque sites in town. 

Follow your guide to the arch of Santa Catalina—one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks—and learn about the Santa Catalina Convent that was once stationed here. After you’ve wandered the cobblestone streets near this iconic tour stop, head to the Baroque-style La Merced Church and then make your way to the Jade Museum, where you’ll find local craftsmen carving this beautiful green stone. 

Once you’ve had your fill of history and culture, make your way back to your Guatemala City hotel in air-conditioned comfort.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Iximche
Visit Iximche ruins located in the dusty town of Tecpan. You’ll explore the famous archeological site with your knowledgeable guide, who will take you past ceremonial plazas, towering temples and ancient ball courts. Many of the sites you’ll see date back as far as 1400 BC. Spend a couple of hours exploring the grounds before heading to Antigua.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Plaza Central Park
Visit Palacio de Los Capitanes Generales and Palacio Real del Ayuntamiento.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Iglesia de La Merced
La Merced is a baroque church in Antigua. Its facade is one of the most beautiful in Guatemala. The cross in stone at the atrium and the rooms behind the main altar are the oldest structures in La Merced and date from the seventeenth century.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Arco de Santa Catalina
Follow your guide to the arch of Santa Catalina—one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks—and learn about the Santa Catalina Convent that was once stationed here.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande
San Francisco el Grande is a church in Antigua Guatemala and one of the most frequented sanctuaries by the local population because of the shrine of Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur (Santo Hermano Pedro).
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Casa del Jade
Visit Jade Museum, where you’ll find local craftsmen carving this beautiful green stone.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City?
A: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
See all safety measures taken by Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City?
A: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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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City.

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star-5
Great day
Marcus_G
, Mar 2020
My trip was well worth the money. Great experience and even more of an amazing tour guide. If you are big into religion this is the trip for you.
star-5
Day trip to Iximche and Antigua
staralaniz
, Jan 2020
Basilario, our guide was awesome! As it turned out we were the only ones on the tour. He was informative and we were very lucky to visit Iximche on the Mayan New Year’s and got to observe several ceremonies. Iximche us small compared to other Mayan sites but it was very peaceful and the drive out there was interesting. Antigua was fine but crowded and we did a lot of walking from where the van was parked. The churches were interesting, stops to the Chocolate Museum and Jade Factory were okay but I would have enjoyed some time to shop. Basilerio took us to a restaurant where the food was delicious. All in all a good but long day...
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Trip was good but the side trips to...
Douglas C H
, Feb 2018
Trip was good but the side trips to Jade store, craft market, macadamia nut farm, ... took time I'd rather have spent just walking around Antigua
star-5
a facinating insight into the mayan...
Anthony F
, Feb 2017
a facinating insight into the mayan way of life and the beauty of Antigua city, reastaurant was charming iff a little expensive
star-5
I got a private tour! The day is...
Song H
, May 2016
I got a private tour! The day is packed with activities and plenty of chances to shop and taking photos. Highly recommended if you want the best of two worlds Mayan ruins and Spanish history in one short period of time. I had only one day and this tour is ideal.
star-4
Mirko was an excellent guide, and we...
Jim B
, Jun 2015
Mirko was an excellent guide, and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The Mayan ruins were pretty cool, and this kind of whet my appetite for maybe a visit to Tikal if we ever get an opportunity to return to Guatemala.
star-5
A very interesting tour made even...
Bernadette G
, Aug 2014
A very interesting tour made even more enjoyable by the very knowledgeable driver/guide. He patiently answered all the questions we posed and never once did he rush us through the tour. Well done Belisario!
star-5
Very nice trip with stop in local...
Klaus P
, Jun 2013
Very nice trip with stop in local coffee-plantage. Same nice guide as in Copan.
star-3
the ruims were excellent guided and...
rony d
, Feb 2013
the ruims were excellent guided and explained ,the antigua city tourhowever went completely in the mist
star-4
very pleasant and professional...
sylvaine p
, Jun 2012
very pleasant and professional staff,the day was perfect l

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