Xuantunich Mayan Ruins

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins tour Details

This tour is about half a day

  • Tour Price: please contact us
  • 2 person minimum
  • Tours include: Transportation, Guide, Entrance Fee, Bottle Water, Soda, Tours Equipment. Lunch is included if you book a combination (full day) tour.

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins tour leave San Ignacio: 8AM

Tour Description

Xunantunich, Maiden of the Rock, is a maya site located in Western Belize, Cayo District, across the Mopan river from San Jose Succotz.  The journey to the site includes passage across the scenic Mopan River via hand-cranked ferry.  The hill top where the main building are was located was once a ceremonial area  At about 600 A.D the hill top area started to take shape with the site of Naranjo expanding its influence in the area.

Xunantunich grew to a population of nearly 10,000 inhabitants.

The site also have evidence to have surpass the collapse. The name Xunantunich comes from the Yucatec Maya language which means “Stone Woman.” Xunantunich has a series of six plazas surrounded by more than 26 temples and palaces. One of its main pyramids is known as “El Castillo”, which is also the second tallest structure in Belize measuring at 130 ft tall from the plaza floor. This beautiful pyramid have intricate stucco friezes.

From its summit above the tree canopy you can enjoy spectacular vistas of jungle and farmland with the towns of San Jose Succotz and Benque Viejo Del Carmen on the Belize side and Melchor de Mencos across the Guatemalan border. Of El Castillo’s two stucco friezes, the western side had most of the stucco destroyed, but the eastern frieze is more complete, clearly displaying various motifs and symbols of Maya astronomy and cosmology. The vaulted rooms at the top of the pyramid provide shade and are a welcome place to relax after the steep walk up and take in the views.

This is a great site for a day trip or picnic, and just walking around; checking out the ball courts and other structures fires the imagination. It’s not as famous as Mexico’s Chichen Itza.


 

Tour Tip

It’s not as tall as Guatemala’s Tikal, but in western Belize, the Xunantunich Mayan ruins will make your jaw drop. You will be provided with an in-depth historical background of this site by the expert tour guide.

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tours is usually combine with Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins tour or Barton Creek Cave tour

You will be provided with an in-depth historical background of this site by the expert tour guide. Please remember to bring along a camera, sun block, hat, hiking shoes, shades, canteen and tons of energy! Enjoy!

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins tour Details

  • Tour Price: please contact us
  • 2 person minimum
  • Tours include: Transportation, Guide, Entrance Fee, Bottle Water, Soda, Tours Equipment. Lunch is included if you book a combination (full day) tour.

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins tour leave San Ignacio: 8AM

 

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