Xihuacan Culture and Archaeology Tour

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From USD 69.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the archaeological ruins of Xihuacan, a recently excavated ceremonial center, on this 4-hour tour from Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo. Visit the zone’s major landmarks and the on-site museum, and learn about the ceremonial center constructed out of bricks and modeling clay during the pre-Columbian era. Then have a great lunch on the country side at authentic Mexican food restaurant in the rural community of San Jeronimito, where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch. This small-group tour limited to 14 people includes hotel transport by luxury van.
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • 4-hour morning tour of Xihuacan from Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo
  • Tour the ruins of an ancient ceremonial center
  • See its top attractions, including a ball court, pyramid and Edificio B
  • Visit Xihuacan Site Museum and gaze at pre-Columbian artifacts from this archaeological zone
  • Enjoy a satisfying lunch by a beautiful lagoon
  • Round-trip hotel transport included

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • We do not visit a lagoon

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

09:00 am

Pickup details

Dates: Daily except on Monday

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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79 reviews
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Great fun. Very educational. Great guide
William_F, Apr 2023
It was a wonderful experience. Francisco was absolutely fantastic. He has an Unbelievable amount of knowledge about the site and all of Mexico as well. Highly recommend. Thank you again Francisco.
Great experience!
Karen_A, Mar 2023
The tour was excellent. Antonio is wonderful guide! The ruins are fantastic and the museum was very informative.
History worth a visit.
Bill_M, Mar 2023
Francisco’s knowledge of the history was exceptional. Because the museum was all in Spanish he carefully explained all the details.
Excellent, informative guide
Jacqueline_A, Feb 2023
We had a great time with Pablo. His English and knowledge of the ruins was excellent. We traveled in a very nice, new van that was comfortable and spacious. He took us to a local restaurant for a very nice meal. We can highly recommend this trip.
Interesting day trip from Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
Kristin_H, Feb 2023
We enjoyed our day trip to the Xihuacan archeological site. Our entire experience went smoothly, from making reservations and confirming pickup to the return to Ixtapa. Our guide, Pablo, was friendly and knowledgeable, sharing the interesting history and information of the area. We visited the museum, the ball court, and the pyramid, along with a drive through the nearby Soledad de Maciel. On the return trip, we stopped to eat lunch at a local market- with delicious guisados, fresh-made tortillas, and aquas frescas.
If you like ancient history do this!
Ruth_L, Jan 2023
This site is deep with history. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all. We enjoyed it emensely.
Shannon_C, Nov 2022
Carlos was amazing and offered so much knowledge. It was personable and he answered all our questions. Definitely recommend!
Learned so much about the native culture.
Ronald_C, Nov 2022
Pablo, our guide, was fun, knowledgeable and a very good driver. His grasp of the ancient culture was amazing. You could tell he enjoyed sharing it with us.
Archeological History Protected For Future Generations
Camille_R, Oct 2022
Our tour guide, Pablo (sp?) was one of the best Viator guides we have used while in Zihuatanejo. His description of the archeological site we visited was fantastic and he answered all our questions in very clear and understandable English. He scheduled a very special stop to have a local resident display his archeological finds over many years living in the area. We also were given a demonstration on how to make tobacco cigars in the village nearby the archeological site. Our lunch that was furnished was very tasty. We suggest that future Viator customers going to the archeological site ask for Pablo (sp?) to be your guide. Chris and Camille
History + Countryside + Fun Day
Liesl_S, Oct 2022
We loved spending the day out of the City learning about the history of the area. We visited the Museo Xihuacan and the Archaeological sites with our tour guide Pablo. Our tour included a visit to a local artisans home, which was really fun. Pablo was engaging and knowledgeable, truly a great guide. Highly recommend this tour and tour company!
A must see if you’re in...
Vivian_S, Oct 2022
A must see if you’re in the area! Our guide was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond. The site itself was amazing to see due to how relatively new the excavation was.
Christian_R, June 2022
Great and interesting site, tour guide was very helpful and explained everything with great detail. Highly recommend.
Wonderful Tour
diana_t, May 2022
Loved the tour of this unique piece of ancient Mexican history. Our guide was the best! Frank is passionate about history, (so am I), and he is eager to share his knowledge with others.
New insights into the history of Guerrero
Eric_F, Feb 2022
Pablo was an excellent tour guide. His historical knowledge made the archaeological tour come to life! Pablo was respectful and humorous, also.
Enjoyable and informative
summer_in_february, Mar 2019
Our guide was very knowledgeable in the history of Mexico and in particular this area. We were transported on a air conditioned mini bus, which makes for a smaller amount of people on the tour and not crowded. The reason for my 3 star rating is that it was to include bottled water and non was provided. Also the description of the tour indicates twice that we would be relaxing and having lunch at a lagoon. Although we did stop for a delicious lunch, it was a very nice restaurant located on the side of the highway. The food and service were both very good. This is a good tour if you are interested in the archeological history of Mexico.
Great trip
EdV837, 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
The tour was excellent. Our guide...
Donald E, 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.
Luis is the greatest guide! He...
Keith B, 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!
Our tour guide, Francisco, made this...
Chillp, 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.
The ruins are amazing overall. I...
Mike D, 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.

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