Xunantunich Maya Ruins Tour
It’s not as tall as Guatemala’s Tikal, but in western Belize, the Xunantunich Mayan ruins are as perfect as a picture.
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tours are usually combined with Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins tour or Barton Creek Cave tour.
This tour can be done whether you're staying in Belize City or as far as Placencia Peninsula.
You will be provided with an in-depth historical background of this site by an expert tour guide. Remember to bring along a camera, sun block, hat, hiking shoes, shades, canteen, and tons of energy! Enjoy!
Xunantunich Maya Ruin Tips and Advisory
- Guide, Entrance Fee,
- Bottle Water, Soda,
- Tours Equipment.
- Lunch is included if you book a combination (full day) tour.
Comfortable light-weight long pants or shorts and a light shirt that allow for easy movement. Well-treaded sneakers, or high-quality walking shoes, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and a hat.
Please take note that The Xunantunich Maya Ruins tour experience is easy. Embark on a wonderful adventure to see some of the finest Maya Ruins in Belize.
The name Xunantunich comes from the Yucatec Maya language which means “Stone Woman". The Core of the city contains 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 the second tallest structure in Belize measuring 130 ft from the plaza floor.
From the top of the pyramid you can enjoy spectacular views overlooking miles 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 El Castillo provides 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. Walking around and exploring the ball courts and other structures fires the imagination, though it’s not as famous as Mexico’s Chichen Itza.
Xunantunich Maya Ruins Experience with Luis
Kawiil Tours is an inbound tour operator for Belize and is owned and operated by Luis Zaiden. Luis grew up in San Ignacio Town, Cayo district in the beautiful foothills of the Maya mountain. From a young age, Luis had a passion for history and nature. He spent most of his childhood with his friends playing in the river and also playing hide and seek in what is now Cahal Pech Archeological site. He never knew at the time that he would end up running his very own Tour Company. Nevertheless, that came to an end when he went to high school and eventually started working in Belize City.
KaWiil Tours offers the best of Western Belize. Luis and his licensed tour guides are well-trained and highly educated in Maya History. Travelers refer to Luis as having an "Encyclopedic Memory" of nature and history.