Take this tour to see the site that the Maya called “Stone Woman.” You’ll reach Xunantunich via a ferry ride down the Mopan River, followed by a short hike through the jungle. Xunantunich spreads out over a couple of miles, but the central site is fairly compact.
- 3 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 7:00 AM, 2:30 PM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
For most of the tour you’ll admire the remains of El Castillo, the tall, central temple that dominated the city. El Castillo served as a religious site—the faces carved into one of the temples depict the gods of the sun and Venus, reflecting the Maya’s astrological religion. You have the option to climb the stepped faced of the temple if you’re feeling adventurous. High up on the steps you’ll have the chance to do some bird watching.
Home to the second largest Mayan pyramid in Belize, Xunantunich is one of the most impressive Mayan sites in Belize. The site is composed of three major ceremonial plazas surrounded by numerous temples, palaces, and house mounds. Xunantunich is located 8 miles (13 km) southwest of San Ignacio on the Western Highway.
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This full-day tour to Tikal National Park introduces you to the greatest city the Maya ever built. It dates back to 200 BC, and remained a flourishing capital until 900 AD. At its height, it is believed to have supported a population of around 90,000.
This site has one of the most interesting collection temples of any Maya ruins in Belize. There’s the 130-foot tall El Castillo temple, which is one of the tallest buildings in the country. Visitors can climb to the top of it stepped facade to check out the incredible surrounding landscape.