Visit the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and the site the Maya named after the "Maiden of the Rock." It has enormous and impressive examples of artful Maya hieroglyphs.
- 5 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 8:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
The ceremonial center is only 1 mile (1.6 km) away after crossing the ferry on the Mopan River at San Jose Succutz.
Climb up the largest pyramid, El Castillo. It rises 130 feet (39 m) above the main plaza and offers an impressive panoramic view of Cayo District and nearby Guatemala. After the tour, you will head back down to San Jose Soccutz village where you will have lunch.
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.
What to Bring
Short or long pants and sturdy footwear, and long sleeves are optional.
Transportation, entrance fee, guide. Lunch is NOT included. Lunch will be included only on full day tours.
Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “BOOKING REQUEST” for full details.
Edgar was a great tour guide— his knowledge of the sites history, as well as the adjacent archaeological network, is outstanding. He gave a good perspective to the how and why of the site. The site itself is awe-inspiring. Photos do not do justice to its grandeur.
really enjoyable tour -- go early in the am as we did to avoid the crowds.
Steven was an awesome tour guide. Due to time of year, Xunantunich was not overly crowded so we had much of it to ourselves. The hand cranked ferry was very cool to see in operation. The pontoon tour was great. It came with lunch and swimming if you wanted to. We even picked up some Belikins to make the ride more enjoyable.
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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.