Ixtapa, Mexico
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clock-o4 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the archaeological ruins of Xihuacan, a recently excavated ceremonial center, on this 4-hour tour from Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo. Visit the zone’s major landmarks and the on-site museum, and learn about the ceremonial center constructed out of bricks and modeling clay during the pre-Columbian era. Then relax at a peaceful lagoon, where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch. This small-group tour limited to 14 people includes hotel transport by luxury van.
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • 4-hour morning tour of Xihuacan from Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo
  • Tour the ruins of an ancient ceremonial center
  • See its top attractions, including a ball court, pyramid and Edificio B
  • Visit Xihuacan Site Museum and gaze at pre-Columbian artifacts from this archaeological zone
  • Enjoy a satisfying lunch by a beautiful lagoon
  • Round-trip hotel transport included

Reviews

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E
, Aug 2018

Francisco was wonderful and so full of knowledge, I really enjoyed my trip with him! My husband could not make it and Fransicoreally helped me enjoy my trip alone

D
, Apr 2018

The tour was excellent. Our guide, Paco, was engaging and informative, explaining the site and the cultures involved in it's creation. Our trip to the beach side restaurant was delightful. I'd recommend this to anyone with an interest in the archaeology of Mexico.

K
, Jan 2018

Luis is the greatest guide! He treats you like family and is so knowledgeable about the area and its history. This tour will get you off off the resort and in to the countryside. You'll be emersed in the culture, have a great lunch and make a friend while you do it. Thanks Luis!

R
, Sep 2017

A good value for a get away from tourist activity.

C
, Aug 2017

Our tour guide, Francisco, made this trip perfect. This religious center is the only known pyramid made of adobe. We toured the museum it is supported by donations to run and expand work in the area, along with the restored ceremony game arena, and the uncovered portion of the pyramid. The museum was small but fantastic with amazing unearthed complete stone pieces central to the religious center, along with complete artifacts of art, ceremonies, jewelry, and even a full burial chamber discovered at the site. Our guide had extensive knowledge about the history and discovered culture of the center, and shared unique details of the excavation from the archaeologist and anthropologist team. The lunch at the lagoon afterward was relaxing and delicious. Francisco had so much knowledge about history and pride in his community, he was a true delight to talk to and learn from. The other private drivers/guides we saw did not have much familiarity or permissions for some of the archeological areas. If you are interested in an educational and fun trip that teaches you about the cultures and history of Mexico, this is a 6 star experience.

M
, Apr 2017

The ruins are amazing overall. I really enjoy seeing the different ways that the civilizations endured. The museum was good. The actual sites were even better. These do not compare at all to the ones in Cancun. But, it was a different civilization with different needs. There was plenty to learn on the trip. I believe I would have rated this much higher with a different guide. In the museum, everything is in Spanish, so I needed to rely on my translator I know. I am in a foreign land with a different language. Our guide seemed to pass over quite a few of the exhibits. I started to listen to the group that was going before us and was getting way more out of it. That guide was so more in depth and detailed. I think I could have learned so much more. The lunch we went to was very good. The garlic shrimp is to die for. Overall fun day. With a more detailed guide, would have given more stars.

S
, Mar 2017

Luis was our guide and was born and raised in Zihuateneo. After picking us up at our hotel in his air-conditioned van, he took us through Zihuateneo with a running commentary about our surrounds, price of gasoline, politics and all with a lively sense of humor. He speaks and understands English very well. The narrative continued as we drove through the countryside to the archaeology museum, where we learned what the sites we were about to visit once looked like and learned about their ceremonies, sacrifices and viewed artifacts found during excavation. We viewed the facinating reconstructed Pyramid and gaming stadium and journeyed on to an authentic Mexican village built on the remains of the Xihuacan village. We were given our choice of water or beer and were allowed inside two of the dwellings to view how present day villagers lived. People were still riding horses and donkeys to get around the narrow streets. Local transportation was a pick up with benches along the sides of the bed. To close, we went to a beach where we had a wonderful lunch of large garlic shrimp or chicken in an open air eating area. I think I learned more about the area than I have in the last 10 years I've been coming to Zihuateneo. We were like family by the time he dropped us back at our hotel. Ask for Luis!!!

A
, Mar 2017

The tour was very informative better


The tour was very informative. Enjoyable and the tour guide was very passionate. Loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone's.

M
, Feb 2017

Carlos was an excellent guide, sharing in both English and French on a small tour to Xihaucan. He took the time to point out interesting sights as we traveled. He had an in depth knowledge of the museum and archeological site and was able to communicate sophisticated information in an understandable and enjoyable way. This was an outstanding tour.

l
, Feb 2017

Great trip our guide Francisco even gave us a side tour to a farm which was great. The dig itself is amazing but was charge to go to museum which we thought was included in our trip also did not get to visit the rural community name Soledad de Macie. But the tour we did get was great even if it was not what was expected


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