Visiting Maya Ruins and Present Day Maya culture, we depart early from Antigua on route to San Andres Itzapa, just 35 mins away from Antigua. We arrive to a surreal parking lot and Shrine for San Simon. Upon arrival to this magical place you will see the present day cosmovision of Maya Shamans doing ""limpias"" 'cleansing' and offerings to San Simon, a modern version of Maximon the Maya Deity from lake Atitlan. We leave a puro and light a candle and have a small limpia before visiting the Famous San Simon Shrine where the walls are full of offerings of gratitude to San Simon form all over latin America. a true 'Pagan' God in the eyes of the conquista and present day we will label this as taboo. A surreal and magical experience that is not the beaten path. After this we get back on the bus and travel for 1 hour to our lunch stop. We will enjoy a great Churrasco Traditional lunch in Tecpan region famous for its cheeses and meats. Onwards to Iximche 40 mins away from our lunch stop, we arrive to one of the first Capitals of the Maya Kakchiquel. A beautiful grassland setting with great breeze and peaceful atmosphere where you will walk through the ancient ruins of this amazing place, guided by our local guide that travels with us all the way.
After this experience we head back to Antigua, 1.15 hrs away. We then get dropped off at our meeting point or apartment drop of depending on the weather.
The highlight of this experience is going to a non touristic Maya Shrine seeing ancient rituals. Enjoying a great lunch together on route to an ancient maya Site, and walking around the grasslands at Iximche with a refreshing and peaceful atmosphere.
- Round trip transport from Antigua
- Entrance fee to Iximche.
- Guide during the experience.
- Traditional lunch.
What's Not Included
- Extra souvenirs if you would like to leave an offering for San Simon.
- Alcoholic beverages during lunch or extra meals and snacks.
Things You Should Know
- The area where you visit San Simon, is a very local place, this is viewed still as a pagan ritual place, quite taboo for most religions and carries a dense energy of past and present religious syncretism. Quite a unique experience, and sometimes intense as they do sacrifice chickens depending on the ritual. A very authentic Maya contemporary shrine. Paying respects to a mix of Catholic and Maya beliefs through a deity / statue of a spanish looking man which the locals believe to have a lot of supernatural powers.
We have a team of guides, all traveling with the group from Antigua. These are specialised general Guides for the whole country with more insight and knowledge of every aspect of pas and present Guatemala and 100% bilingual
Minimum To Operate
Deadline To Book
48 hours prior to the start of the experience
Frequently Asked Questions
Seriously, do not miss this. When we travel, we are always looking for that golden opportunity to interact on a level that we feel like we can disappear as tourists. Like we shape shift in to the body of a local person so that we can experience something through their eyes. (or at least I do)
This is that opportunity. Not because you morph in to a beautiful Guatemalan person, but because lovely local Guatemalan people going about their daily lives invite you to be a part of it with no other pretense.
Enjoy yourself, learn something new, put the phone down and experience it.
This will be one of the most eye opening cultural experiences you may ever do. Witnessing first hand how the Mayan people express both positive and negative energy is unlike anything you've ever seen. I truly appreciated today as it pushed my boundaries while helping me realize everyone in this world is unique!