Excursion to Iximche

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#1
Bellingham, Washington
9 Posts
Joined Feb 2018
We will be stopping at Puerta Quetzal on the Holland America MS Volendam and are curious about the excursion to the Iximche ruins. Does anyone have any information or opinions about this tour?
#2
USA
205 Posts
Joined Feb 2015
I'm sorry I didn't see this until now, and it's probably too late to be helpful to you, but it may help someone else. We did this excursion last year from the Amsterdam. It involved a long bus ride (comfortable, new bus, though) up through the hills and mountains to Iximche which is at around 7000 feet in elevation. Weather was hot and humid at the port, but absolutely lovely that high up. The ruins of Iximche were nearly deserted - ours was the only bus there. It is not at all crowded as some of the other, more famous Mayan ruins are. The guide on our excursion was a professor of archeology at a university in Guatemala, so he really knew what he was talking about and I learned a lot. We were there for around 2 hours, viewing the ruins, visiting the small museum, and watching (from a respectful distance) a Mayan religious rite. Then we were back on the bus, stopping at a ranch about a half hour away for a very good lunch of food grown on the ranch. Then back to the port. The excursion took basically the entire day; we left around 8:30 and returned around 4:00. It was a highlight of our cruise. A few photos attached (I hope!)
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