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Mixco Viejo
Mixco Viejo is an archaeological site that dates back to the postclassic Mayan civilization. There are two areas with the name Mixco Viejo, as the former Chajoma Kaqchikel kingdom was mistakenly linked to the postclassic Poqomam capital as a result of confusion interpreting the colonial records. To properly distinguish between the two today, the former Poqomam capital is called Mixco Viejo (Chinaulta Viejo), while the Kaqchikel capital is known as Mixco Viejo (Jilotepeque Viejo).

Mixco Viejo (Jilotepeque Viejo) borders the departments of Quiche, Chimaltenango and Guatemala near the junction of the Motagua and Pixcaya rivers. It consists of 15 groups with over 120 major structures, including palaces, ball courts and temples.

Mixco Viejo’s population was believed to have been about 1,500 at one point. Evidence shows it was one of the few Maya cities inhabited and still functioning when the Spanish conquistadores arrived in Guatemala. Researchers believe the area got its start in the 12th or 13th century, and it’s possible that Mixco Viejo was an economic center for the surrounding valley. The nearby Motagua River was a commercial route for products during the pre-Hispanic area. 

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Mixco Viejo (Jilotepeque Viejo) is located about 30 miles from Guatemala City and can be reached via day trips from either Guatemala City or Antigua. Admission to Mixco Viejo is about $8, and the site is open daily from 8am to 4pm. Mixco Viejo suffered considerable damage during an earthquake in 1976, which resulted in the destruction of some restoration work. 
Address: San Juan Sacatepequez, Guatemala
Hours: Daily 8am to 4pm
Admission: $8
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Mixco Viejo Tour from Guatemala City

Spend the day exploring the city-like fortress of Guatemala's Mixco Viejo. You'll learn about the ancient Poqomam Kingdom as you venture through the crags and rolling landscapes stationed some 80 miles outside of Guatemala City.
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Mixco Viejo Day Trip from Antigua

Discover the mysteries of the ancient Maya civilization on this full-day tour to the archeological site of Mixco Viejo, including hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from Antigua. Follow your guide around the vast Mayan ruins and learn how the city was once the capital of the Poqomam Maya kingdom as you marvel over temples, palaces and ball courts. After lunch (own expense), you’ll enjoy free time to explore independently, before heading back to Antigua.
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Mixco Viejo Day Trip from Guatemala City

This Mixco Viejo day trip from Guatemala City highlights you will see a moderate sized ruined city of the Poqoman Maya civilization. Learn about the temples, pyramids and plazas that make up this archeological site as you explore the grounds with your expert guide. Gain insight into the history and lifestyle of Guatemala’s oldest inhabitants and learn about this destination that was once the capital of the Poqomam Maya kingdom.
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