Xihuacan Culture And Archaeology Tour - Ixtapa

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    9am Tuesday to Sunday (Pick up in Ixtapa), 9:30am Tuesday to Sunday (Pick up in Zihuatanejo) Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    The lobby of your hotel in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Either from Zihuatanejo or Ixtapa take the most complete Xihuacan archaeological tour, this recently discovered ceremonial center is the only one in this continent made out of bricks and modeling clay during the Pre-Columbian period. Have a guided tour through the Cuitlateca vestiges and learn about the ethnic group who took the knowledge of pottery to a higher level.
Travel in a luxury van with a small group of people and enjoy and excellent lunch on a traditional Mexican food and seafood restaurant on the country side with handmade tortillas and fresh fish, chicken or tasty shrimp.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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The drive from your hotel to the archaeological dig is approximately 45 minutes, spend about 3 hours exploring all of the ceremonial center, then drive 35 minutes to get to the beach and have lunch and from there to the hotel is approximately 40 minutes.

Xihuacan Archaeology Tour includes visit to the Xihuacan Site Museum which houses about 800 objects, that includes: work in ocean shells, ceramic, obsidian vases, bell necklaces, copper axes, stone artifacts and granite carved stones.

Then you will visit the ball court. The ball court is the place where they played the ball game. Linked to religion, the ball game ritual was one of the main activities in pre-Hispanic cities, the ball game was associated directly to the human sacrifice.

The next stop will be at pyramid name Edificio B, which was build out of bricks on the inside and modeling clay on the outside.

Next you will visit the rural community name Soledad de Maciel, where the villagers built houses on top of what it used to be the neighborhood of the high-class citizens during the Pre-Columbian Period.

Go to a beautiful lagoon that flows into the ocean, where there is always a nice ocean breeze, at this beautiful scenario you will have a great lunch which consist of one of the following choices:

  • Shrimp on garlic sauce or breaded
  • Fish filet on garlic sauce or bread or on the grill
  • Chicken fajitas or chicken on the grill or chicken breaded
All of the dishes come with guacamole & chips, sope, salsa, hand made tortillas and beans. With lunch you get a beer or a soft drink or coconut milk.

The transportation will be an air-conditioned, very comfortable 14 passenger van.

After lunch you will be transported back to your hotel in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.


Bottled water


Hotel pickup and drop-off


Entry/Admission - Xihuacan Museum and Archeological Site



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Most travelers can participate

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Not recommended for child aged 6 and under

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

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  • 06-Aug-2018

    Francisco was wonderful and so full of knowledge, I really enjoyed my trip with him! My husband could not make it and Fransicoreally helped me enjoy my trip alone

  • 18-Apr-2018

    The tour was excellent. Our guide, Paco, was engaging and informative, explaining the site and the cultures involved in it's creation. Our trip to the beach side restaurant was delightful. I'd recommend this to anyone with an interest in the archaeology of Mexico.

  • 27-Jan-2018

    Luis is the greatest guide! He treats you like family and is so knowledgeable about the area and its history. This tour will get you off off the resort and in to the countryside. You'll be emersed in the culture, have a great lunch and make a friend while you do it. Thanks Luis!

  • 27-Sep-2017

    A good value for a get away from tourist activity.

  • 12-Aug-2017

    Our tour guide, Francisco, made this trip perfect. This religious center is the only known pyramid made of adobe. We toured the museum it is supported by donations to run and expand work in the area, along with the restored ceremony game arena, and the uncovered portion of the pyramid. The museum was small but fantastic with amazing unearthed complete stone pieces central to the religious center, along with complete artifacts of art, ceremonies, jewelry, and even a full burial chamber discovered at the site. Our guide had extensive knowledge about the history and discovered culture of the center, and shared unique details of the excavation from the archaeologist and anthropologist team. The lunch at the lagoon afterward was relaxing and delicious. Francisco had so much knowledge about history and pride in his community, he was a true delight to talk to and learn from. The other private drivers/guides we saw did not have much familiarity or permissions for some of the archeological areas. If you are interested in an educational and fun trip that teaches you about the cultures and history of Mexico, this is a 6 star experience.

  • 04-Apr-2017

    The ruins are amazing overall. I really enjoy seeing the different ways that the civilizations endured. The museum was good. The actual sites were even better. These do not compare at all to the ones in Cancun. But, it was a different civilization with different needs. There was plenty to learn on the trip. I believe I would have rated this much higher with a different guide. In the museum, everything is in Spanish, so I needed to rely on my translator I know. I am in a foreign land with a different language. Our guide seemed to pass over quite a few of the exhibits. I started to listen to the group that was going before us and was getting way more out of it. That guide was so more in depth and detailed. I think I could have learned so much more. The lunch we went to was very good. The garlic shrimp is to die for. Overall fun day. With a more detailed guide, would have given more stars.

  • 30-Mar-2017

    Luis was our guide and was born and raised in Zihuateneo. After picking us up at our hotel in his air-conditioned van, he took us through Zihuateneo with a running commentary about our surrounds, price of gasoline, politics and all with a lively sense of humor. He speaks and understands English very well. The narrative continued as we drove through the countryside to the archaeology museum, where we learned what the sites we were about to visit once looked like and learned about their ceremonies, sacrifices and viewed artifacts found during excavation. We viewed the facinating reconstructed Pyramid and gaming stadium and journeyed on to an authentic Mexican village built on the remains of the Xihuacan village. We were given our choice of water or beer and were allowed inside two of the dwellings to view how present day villagers lived. People were still riding horses and donkeys to get around the narrow streets. Local transportation was a pick up with benches along the sides of the bed. To close, we went to a beach where we had a wonderful lunch of large garlic shrimp or chicken in an open air eating area. I think I learned more about the area than I have in the last 10 years I've been coming to Zihuateneo. We were like family by the time he dropped us back at our hotel. Ask for Luis!!!

  • 05-Mar-2017

    The tour was very informative better

    The tour was very informative. Enjoyable and the tour guide was very passionate. Loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone's.

  • 16-Feb-2017

    Carlos was an excellent guide, sharing in both English and French on a small tour to Xihaucan. He took the time to point out interesting sights as we traveled. He had an in depth knowledge of the museum and archeological site and was able to communicate sophisticated information in an understandable and enjoyable way. This was an outstanding tour.

  • 09-Feb-2017

    Great trip our guide Francisco even gave us a side tour to a farm which was great. The dig itself is amazing but was charge to go to museum which we thought was included in our trip also did not get to visit the rural community name Soledad de Macie. But the tour we did get was great even if it was not what was expected

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