Archeological Site Mixco Viejo

Archeological Site Mixco ViejoMixco Viejo’s true name is Jilotepeque Viejo.  It is located at the boarder of the departments of Quiché, Chimaltenango and Guatemala.  This site was one of the few cities that was inhabited and functioning at the time of the Spanish Conquest.  What is known about the site appears for the first time in the book “Recordación Florida” (Florid Remembrance) by Captain Fuentes y Guzmán, in which it is described as a military and religious city.   The culture here has its beginnings in 12th or 13th century, and it is possible that it originally served as a center for controlling the economy of the surrounding valley.  Nearby is the Montagua River which, in the pre-Hispanic era, was a commercial route for products headed toward what is today Zacapa and Chiquimula.

Site tours, museum visits, photography

Facilities and Services:
Restrooms, controlled entrance, scale model of the site

How to Get There:

Located approximately 60 kilometers from the capital city, guests can follow one of three routes; from Mixco taking the rout from Ciudad Quetzal to San Raymundo; from Mixco on the San Pedro Sacatepéquez route or by taking calzada Roosevelt toward Chimaltenango and continue toward San Martín Jilotepeque where the dirt road begins and continue on to Departmental Highway 18.

Wear adequate clothing, non-slip shoes, hat, sunscreen and bug repellent.  Bringing a camera is also highly recommended.

Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:30 to 16:30.

Contact Information:
Dirección General de Patrimonio Cultural y Natural, Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes MICUDE
Phone:(502) 2251-6224
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Contact Us

Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo -INGUAT-

7 av. 1-17 zona 4, Centro Cívico, Guatemala City.
Phone: (502)24212800