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   Additional Excursions / A authentic Highland Market place and a Pokomán Fortress


Due to high demand for additional tours, the symposium organizing committee is working closely with Maya Exotic www.mayaexotic.com to design pre and post tours which show off Guatemala’s well known highlights as well as several that go off-the-beaten-track.

All of the pre and post tours offered below will be handled directly by Maya Exotic. For additional information or to make preliminary reservations please contact Sandra Muralles semuralles@gua.net or Carmen Cecilia Sierra info@mayaexotic.guate.com.

Definite reservations for the tour you decide on should be made as soon as possible as some tours have limited space available.

Payment of the tours can be made at the hospitality desk of Maya Exotic in the lobby of the Quinta Real hotel the day of your arrival.


An Authentic Highland Market Place and a Pokomán Fortress
San Juan Sacatepequez * Mixco Viejo  
One Day
Pre tour Saturday February 3rd


8:30 a.m. 
Departure to San Juan Sacatepequez. After a one hour drive through the outskirts of Guatemala City and up the mountains one reaches San Juan Sacatepequez, a town of great importance for its commercial activities and its excellent furniture production.
The town’s plaza and halls are converted daily into a hub of market activity.  Merchants and farmers from surrounding villages come here to trade fruit, vegetables, flowers, pigs and chickens, textiles of their indigenous dresses, pots and pans… anything marketable. 
Even though this is an authentic village marketplace a tourist might still find some items worth haggling for.  Bring some small denomination quetzals and start the bartering game!
Leaving San Juan behind a one hour drive goes through spectacular mountainous countryside.  Precipitously the road curves up and down, the view reaches over valleys and steep ravines and sharp mountainsides.  
From a distance one can make out some low structures of the archaeological site of Mixco Viejo.
There is much to talk and to walk about on one of the last grand architectural expressions of a great civilization. The capital of the Pocomán Kingdom was built high on a mountain top as a fortress and ceremonial center.  Inhabited until the beginning of the 1500s, it still displays with its temples, palaces and ball court, the marks of the Maya legacy; it is very well preserved and well worth exploring.
The drive back through small villages like Santo Domingo Xenacoj leads through a countryside full of farming activity. Flowers, vegetables and fruit are grown here for worldwide export.
4:30 p.m. Back at the hotel

Price per person:  US$70
Services Include:

  • Transfers in air conditioned minibus
  • Guided tour of San Juan Sacatepequez and Mixco Viejo
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Admission fees
  • Box lunch
  • Non alcoholic refreshments and snack

SUGGESTIONS: Light clothing, hat or cap, comfortable walking shoes, camera,
(this is Dramamine time if you tend to have motion sickness), sunscreen.