Xunantunich Maya Ruins
Xunantunich Maya Ruins
The ancient Maya ruins of Xunantunich ("Maiden of the Rock" pronounced: “Shoe-nan-too-nitch”) are accessed by a short crossing on the Mopan River on a hand-cranked chain ferry which leads to the temples, courtyard and museum held within the Belize rainforest. The hills were first occupied between 400 BC and 200 BC and it wasn’t until 600 AD that Xunantunich was first used as a ceremonial site making the entire site some 1400 years old.
The Xunantunich ruins are located on a natural limestone ridge offering outstanding views over the surrounding villages and into Guatemala. This major Maya ceremonial centre features several major temples. The largest pyramid “El Castillo” has been partially excavated and explored, therefore your climb to the top is broken half way to admire the West Friese, a stunning example of Maya artisans at work. Your expert guide will explain in great detail the culture and beliefs of the Maya, and you will see the ancient ball court where the Maya warriors often lost their heads whether they were the victors or losers!
Once on top of the Xunantunich Maya ruins you will have a chance to take in the stunning views as a 360 degree panorama of the surrounding mountains and valleys opens up before you. The climb and descent are taken slowly and with caution but the efforts of the climb are well worth the rewards.
Stop on the way back at a traditional market in Succotz on the Mopan River, offering local crafts made from cloth, slate, wood, fabrics and other natural products.
Whether you want to only go to Xunantunich or combine this with other tours, we can customize the experience to meet your needs. Contact us today to arrange for your Xunantunich Maya ruins tour.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Price per passenger (not inclusive of service charge and tax):
2 - US$ 75
3 - US$ 65
4 and more - US$ 55
Minimum of 2 passengers
Transportation to and from the resort, park entrance fee, personal tour guide, and water
Cummulative 10% Service Charge and 12.5% Tax.
Easy – involves some stair and hill climbing
Near the Guatemalan border in the village of Succotz, Cayo District
Travel time to site:
And don’t forget:
Good walking and climbing shoes a must, bug spray, sun screen, and money for souvenirs
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