Comalapa Market and Painting Tours Plus Iximche Ruins From Antigua

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What To Expect

Tuesdays or Fridays, visit the colorful market of San Juan Comalapa, the local galleries, and the Iximche Ruins. Explore the archaeological site "Iximche," a city of the post classical period where you can visit the pyramids in honor of the moon and sun.

Highlights

  • Visit the village of San Juan Comalapa, one of the most picturesque village of Guatemala

  • Drive past the colorful cemetery which has a mural painted by local artists running along its outer wall

  • Tour the archaeological site Iximche

  • See the works of local artists displayed in their household galleries

  • Take a glimpse of various pyramid-temples, palaces, and two Mesoamerican ballcourts

Specifications

Type:
Tours from Antigua Guatemala
Departs From:
Antigua
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up
Duration:
8 hours
Availability:
Tuesday and Friday at 6:30 AM
Product Code:
14105
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Description

You will be picked up at your hotel in Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala and transferred to San Juan Comalapa via Antigua Guatemala. From the city, we will visit the village of San Juan Comalapa, one of the most picturesque village of Guatemala where you can observe several local art galleries.

San Juan Comalapa is sometimes called the "Florence of America" because of the many Kaqchikel painters living there. The town really gained its reputation because of the work of Andres Curuchich who rose to fame for his paintings depicting local village life and whose work has been displayed in galleries as far away as New York.

Upon arrival in the town, we will drive past a colorful cemetery, which has a mural painted by local artists running along its outer wall. The mural depicts major events in the history of Guatemala, including the Maya creation story, the Spanish conquest, and more recently Guatemala's civil war. The mural was painted by a collaboration of local artists.

Local artists display their work in household galleries, and they will open their doors for visitors to see their varied and colorful artwork.

After the visit to Comalapa, we will go on a tour to the archaeological site "Iximche," a city of the post classical period where you can visit the pyramids in honor of the moon and sun and is one of the oldest and most important cities of the Maya.

Aside from being a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican archaeological site in the western highlands of Guatemala, Iximche was also the capital of the Late Postclassic Kaqchikel Maya kingdom from 1470 until its abandonment in 1524. The architecture of the site included a number of pyramid-temples, palaces, and two Mesoamerican ballcourts.

You will have your lunch at the end of your transfer to Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City.

Includes

  • Roundtrip hotel transfers from your hotel in Antigua

  • Bilingual guide (English and Spanish)

  • Lunch

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • A minimum of 2 passengers (adults) is required for the tour to run. If the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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