Mixco Viejo’s original name is Jilotepeque Viejo. It is located at the far end of the departments of Quiché, Chimaltenango and Guatemala. It was one of the few sites that was inhabited and functioning during the Spanish conquest. The site’s name appeared for the first time in the text, “Recordación Florida” by Captain Fuentes y Guzmán, where he describes it as a city with a strong military and religious character.
Its cultural roots date back to the XII or XIII centuries. It’s possible that during its origins, the site was used a center to control the economic flow of the valley, due to its short distance from Río Motagua, which was a source of commerce for the region that is known today as Zacapa and Chiquimula during pre-Columbian times.
Sightseeing, museum visits, photography
Facilites and Services
Sanitary services, control checkpoints, scale model of archaeological site
The site is located at approximately 60 km from the capital city. There are three ways of getting there: from Mixco, taking the route from Ciudad Quetzal to San Reymundo; from Mixco, taking the route from San Pedro Sacatepéquez and lastly, driving through the Roosevelt Road to reach Chimaltenango and then follow the road to San Martín Jilotepeque, which leads to a dirt road that reaches the departmental road 18.
Wear appropriate clothing, shoes with good traction, cameras, hats and insect repellent.
Monday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 16:30 hrs
Ministry of Culture and Sports