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.
Price per person: US$70
- 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.