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$
93
50
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Provider:
20 minutes drive from San Ignacio Town will take you to Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Meaning “Maiden of the Rock” which is located on the Western Highway across the river. The ceremonial ... morecenter is only 1 mile away after crossing the ferry on the Mopan River at San Jose Succutz. 

This Classic Period site provides an impressive view of the entire river valley. The site core occupies only 300 square meters but the periphery covers several square kilometers. El Castillo, the partially excavated and largest pyramid rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers an impressive view of the Cayo District and nearby Guatemala.
$
97
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$
115
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Xunantunich: Getting There: The adventure begins at 8:00 AM on a mere 10 – 15 minutes’ drive onto the village of San Jose Succotz. Here you will cross the Mopan River via an old-fashioned ... morehand-cranked ferry and onto the site's parking lot.

At Xunantunich: Upon arrival at the site, you’ll be amazed at how impressive the Temple of El Castillo (the main temple) actually is at a remarkable 120 feet in height. Pay close attention to the history of this once royal center of ancient civilization as your guide walks you through the site. Feel free to climb to the top of El Castillo if you’re not afraid of heights. There you’ll have a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the surroundings which encompasses part of Guatemala, Benque Viejo Town, and San Jose Succotz among other areas.

Be careful coming down from the pyramid as you make your way over to the ancient ball court. Imagine the excitement happening in real time as your guide paints a vivid picture of how the popular Mayan game of Pokatok was played. On-site you may get to see spider monkeys and, depending on the time of the year, even howler monkeys. An on-site museum will give you an overall idea of this ancient city’s actual size.

Big Rock Falls:

Starts: 1:00PM Ends: 5:00PM 

Getting There: After Xunantunich, you'll make your way onto the Mountain Pine Ridge road en route to Big Rock Falls. The drive is about 45 minutes on a partially paved road, the farther section of which is dirt.

Along the way, you’ll pass the villages of Cristo Rey and San Antonio. These are small settlements of mostly farmers along the Macal River. Along the way, your guide would normally point out to local flora and fauna such as Toucans, Roadside Hawks, Iguanas, and Medicinal Plants and trees.

At the site: The parking lot approximately 5 to 8 minutes’ walk from the waterfall so you'll want to take everything you’ll need with you for an enjoyable time at the waterfall. From the parking lot, you’ll be walking through a little trail which leads to quite a steep climb down to the river valley. Flip flops are not advisable for this part of the trek. Once you’ve made your way carefully down that cliff, the delightful view of water rushing over the huge 150-ft rock formations and plummeting into the deep rounded pool at its base provides a rush of excitement. 

You won’t regret visiting this site for a nice cold swim amidst the scorching Belizean heat. You may choose to swim all the way up to the waterfall but try to contain the temptation to climb up any of the wet rocks, or do so at your own risk, they tend to get very slippery. Your guide will allow you ample time to swim or bask at your own leisure until you're ready to head back to San Ignacio Town.
$
140
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
Climb the second largest Mayan temple in Belize “El Castillo” standing at 137ft off the ground and take in the exciting view off all the other temples that sits below it. Let your ... moreguide explain the meaning of the stacco decoration displaying the Sun God flanked by signs of the moon, venus and different days located on the side of El Castillo. This adventure is followed by a drive through one of the most beautiful parts of Belize as you make your way to the cave tubing site, after a delicious Belizean lunch of course! A small hike through the rainforest will take you to a beautiful lazy river where your relaxing cave tubing adventure will begin. Relax as your guide takes through a sacred cave system then on to an open river where the kiss of the sun will simply complete your day as it comes to an end.
$
225
/ Person
Departs From:
Placencia
Provider:
As we embark on this 100-mile drive through the hills of the country, you’ll encounter a breathtaking view of the mountains as we make our way to the Western Highway. Once we come ... moreto the banks of the Mopan River, we will cross on a hand-operated ferry before arriving across grassy plazas, where you explore the architecture of Xunantunich, at its highest point (130ft) it provides a breathtaking panoramic view of surrounding rivers and towns as well as Guatemala. After exploring the ruins we drive to Franks Eddie where we will immediately have lunch, next we gear up and hike 20 minutes (1 WAY ONLY) through the lush rain forest with running streams rich tropical plants and wild diverse wildlife. Arriving, you then descend down below the surface of the earth to Xibalba – the sacred world of caves. There you will begin to explore the mystery of caves and the Maya ritual ceremonies on floating tubes and meander through the cool waters of these Maya caverns with hidden pottery, glittering rim stone dams, waterfall all at your suspense.
$
185
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
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Start your fun-filled day climbing the second largest Mayan temple in Belize “El Castillo” standing at 137ft off the ground and take in the exciting view off all the other ... moretemples that sits below it. Let your guide explain the meaning of the stacco decoration displaying the Sun God flanked by signs of the moon, venus and different days located on the side of El Castillo. This adventure is followed by a hot Belizean lunch and a drive through one of the most beautiful parts of the country as you make your way to the cave tubing and zip line site. Make your way through the lush green forest to the platform where you will be safely strapped into a seating harness and fasten to the transverse lines. 6 Lines extending from 400ft to as long as 1,000ft through the rainforest and across open rivers will definitely leave your mind blown. A small hike through the rainforest will take you to a beautiful lazy river where your relaxing cave tubing adventure will begin. Relax as your guide takes through a sacred cave system then on to an open river where the kiss of the sun will simply complete your day as it comes to an end.

There is a Minimum Requirement of 40 inches in order to do the Cave Tubing
$
100
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$
115
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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Xunantunich was the first excavated Mayan site in Belize that was opened for the public. Though it is smaller compared to the other Mayan sites, it consists of one of the tallest structures. ... moreThe huge statue of the Sun God, El Castillo, and the 130-foot tall pyramid are a couple of structures that attract visitors. Xunantunich means “Stone Woman” or “Maiden of the rock” in the Yucatec dialect. These names are derived from the image of a woman depicted in one of the paintings.

Cave Tubing: Take a refreshing ride on inner tubes down the Caves Branch River and through a series of Ancient Mayan Caves for an incredible experience. This tour is perfect for families with older kids, especially as an escape from the Belizean heat.
$
140
/ Person
Departs From:
Caye Caulker
Xunantunich Tour; Wear safari clothing.
$
80
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Xunantunich Stone Maiden The current name of this ancient Maya site means STONE MAIDEN and there are many local accounts of a princess’s appearance. Archeologists consider it a regional ... morecapital with political ties to several other major sites in Guatemala and Belize. From the top of the tallest temple, the beautiful jungle and Mopan River valley can be viewed. Of special interest at the site, are the famous restorations of two finely carved ancient astronomical frieze, a historical museum and several well-preserved stelae of the former rulers.

This half day tour can be combined with several other nearby destinations such as Cahal Pech, El Pilar, a Guatemalan border Market/Shopping tour or River Tubing.
$
130
/ Person
Departs From:
Placencia
Provider:
As we embark on this 100-mile drive through the hills of the country, you’ll encounter a breathtaking view of the mountains as we make our way to the Western Highway. We’ll pass Maya ... moreand Mestizo communities with their beautifully maintained farmlands and cattle farms.

Once we come to the banks of the Mopan River, we will cross on a hand-operated ferry before arriving across grassy plazas, where you will marvel at the architecture of El Castillo, one of the largest Maya Temples of Belize, and the largest structure at Xunantunich. El Castillo stands 130 feet above plaza level, with its reconstructed East and West friezes representing Gods of the Maya and several inner chambers. We’ll also move through other temples and courtyards where kings, queens and their elite carried out special ceremonies. Xunantunich has an excellent display center at the site, and you will have a chance to climb the “stairway to heaven” on El Castillo. This vantage point provides a breathtaking panoramic view of surrounding rivers and towns as well as Guatemala. After the tour, we enjoy a nice meal at a local restaurant in the town of San Ignacio. We make a stop on the way back on the Hummingbird Highway at St Herman Blue Hole for its natural turquoise pool surrounding by mosses and lush vegetation the perfect spot for an afternoon swim.
$
85
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Provider:
XUNANTUNICH MAYAN RUINS ON HORSEBACK Riding through the jungle on horseback is an exciting way to discover the ancient Mayan city of Xunantunich. The tour begins at a local stable ... morewhere you will meet your Riding Guide, mount your horse and depart. The ride to Xunantunich takes you along a well-maintained trail through a large private farm, along the banks of the Mopan River, in the village of San Jose Succotz.

Here you will cross the river on an ancient (yet well maintained and very safe) hand-operated ferry and then ride your horse up to Xunantunich. When you arrive prepare to dismount and let your horse rest and you spend as much time as you desire to explore the Xunantunich temples and plazas on foot. Afterward, we will ride to nearby Benny’s Kitchen for a delicious lunch of traditional Belizean dishes or enjoy lunch at the farm before returning to the stables. The horseback ride includes lots of nature viewing of local birds and plants.
$
225
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Let us take you on a journey back to the age of the pre-Columbians, an age where these Mesoamerican regions were once tamed by the Mayans. Among these regions, on the native ridges ... moreof Belize, you can embark on an exploration of Mayan Ruins and cave systems on one single tour.

Just about 80 miles west of Belize City, endures Xunantunich, an Ancient Maya archaeological site that majestically stands at the summit of a mountain giving a dominant view of the entire site and region.

The Mayans made use of the land and it’s terrains, as they did so above the surface they also did so below the surface. The Mayans believed that the caves were an entrance to Xibalba “a place of fear” related to death. It is completely so because the Mayans used the caves to perform death rituals and also the river flowing through these caves provided a secret passageway to ambush enemies.

Which brings us to your next stop of the trip, Cave Tubing into a cave system at Caves Branch. Inside the caves, you will encounter remains of ancient artifacts, tools and also secret chambers.

The tour offers a complimentary hour & 30 minutes Water Taxi transfer to Belize City in which you will journey along Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel, mangroves and enjoy a glimpse of St. George’s Caye before arriving the commercial City of Belize where you will meet your tour guide. From there you board on a private vehicle with your guide as you begin your road trip on the George Price Highway to Xunantunich. You will get enough time to explore the entire courtyard, the Temples and also visit the on-site museum and gift shop before it is time to head back on the highway to Caves Branch. Caves Branch is renowned for it’s impressive Cave Tubing adventures and also it’s thrilling zip line.
$
195
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Xunantunich is Mayan ceremonial center sitting at the peak of a mountain just a bit less than a mile from the Mopan River, which has to be crossed on a hand-cranked ferry to continue ... morethe journey to the ruins. This Mayan site consists of the main structure (El Castillo) rising over 130 feet above the plaza level offering a birds-eye view of the entire valley, towns and the bordering town of Melchor De Mencos, Peten, Guatemala. In this structure, there are two temples, one of them features a mask of what appears to be the sun god and next to it are some astronomic figures that represent Venus. At the site, you can also find a gift shop and a small museum.

The tour offers a complimentary safe transfer on one of the Water Taxi ferry to Belize City, an hour and 30 minutes ride where you will journey along Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel, mangroves and get a glimpse of St. George’s Caye before arriving the commercial City of Belize where you will meet your tour guide. From there you board their private vehicle where you begin your journey on the George Price Highway, a scenic journey where you can enjoy the beautiful Belize landscape. Upon arriving at the village of Succotz you will get off the highway to cross the river on the hand-cranked ferry, where you will are taken uphill on your vehicle to the beautiful courtyard of Xunantunich.

Lunch is on us!
$
135
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Visit the Majestic Mayan Temples of Xunantunich! Come and discover the famous "Maiden of the Rock". Climb atop one of Belize's tallest Mayan Temples- El Castillo ( the castle)! From ... morestanding atop the 13 layers of heaven, you will then venture into the mystical Mayan mountains and board a Jungle pontoon boat to visit hidden waterfalls!

jungle pontoon waterfall adventure

Your day of adventure beings as you leave from San Ignacio Town. You will then board a hand cranked ferry across the Mopan river, which flows in from neighboring Guatemala. Xunantunich ( Maiden of the Rock) reveals to be one of the earliest centers in the region pre-dating to around 1000 B.C., when it was still a growing village. It eventually flourished into one of the powerhouses of the region alongside with Naranjo, 8 km due west of Xunantunich. This impressive monument you are able to see today, archaeological research dates it to the 7th century! Xunantunich most recent discover has actually revealed the largest Royal tomb in the country of Belize. Be amazed by how boldly “El Castillo” stands overlooking the rest of the complexes. Climb this spectacular structure which rises 40m (130 ft.). Xunantunich is one of the highest, and most famous man-made buildings in the country. When you stand on top of “El Castillo”, experience the same breath-taking view that the rulers once enjoyed. Get a small view of Guatemala and much of our Jewel "Belize" with a 360-degree panoramic view. After visiting this Beautiful Mayan site, you will then venture off the beaten path and deep into the Vaca Plateau forest reserve. A secret piece of paradise awaits you.

fun belize

Board a jungle pontoon and let it be your guide as you are given the rare opportunity to become part of mother nature's environment without hurting her, or the wildlife that call this beautiful lush forest home. Hidden behind the vast green array of trees and birds, beyond the beckoning of the howler monkeys laugh, visit a world unseen by many. With optional tubing, cliff jumps and a waterfall you can climb,this adventure is a lifetime experience.
$
175
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Xunantunich meaning “maiden of the rock” or “stone woman” in Maya, is situated on the Western Highway across the river from the village of San Jose Succotz.... more

Xunantunich is a Classic Period ceremonial center. The site core occupies only 300 square meters but the periphery covers several square kilometers. In Group A, Structure A-6 (El Castillo) rises 130 feet above plaza level making it one of the tallest buildings in Belize. On this structure, there are two temples. The lower temple is famous for its large stucco frieze. A mask with larger ears probably represents the sun god. Next, to this mask, there is a moon sign with a border of signs representing Venus.
$
185
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Explore Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, climb the temples, visit the on-site museum and take pictures of howler monkeys. Learn about the ancient Maya history of this magnificent Mayan site. ... more
After a guided of Xunantunich, follow the footsteps of the Mayas into Xibalba, the Underworld. Float through sacred caverns on inner tubes as your headlights reveal crystal formations untouched for thousands of years.
$
145
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
Climb the second largest Mayan temple in Belize “El Castillo” standing at 137ft off the ground and take in the exciting view of all the other temples that sits below it. Let your guide ... moreexplain the significance of the stacco decoration displaying the Sun God flanked by signs of the moon, venus and different days located on the side of El Castillo. Enjoy a lovely Belizean lunch, but be sure they left space for what’s coming next! Experience chocolate making in the most natural and hands-on way. Roasted cacao beans will be grinded into a paste using the traditional tools: mano and matate, then made into a beverage with added cinnamon, chili, honey, and spice. Sample freshly harvested beans and Belizean made dark chocolate, then take home a paste of your own to create your own recipe.
$
185
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
Start your day Experiencing chocolate making in the most natural and hands-on way. Roasted cacao beans will be grinded into a paste using the traditional tools: mano and matate, then ... moremade into a beverage with added cinnamon, chili, honey, and spice. Sample freshly harvested beans and Belizean made dark chocolate, then take home a paste of your own to create your own recipe. This unique experience is followed by a Visit to the Mayan city of Xunantunich where you get to Climb the second largest Mayan temple in Belize “El Castillo” standing at 137ft off the ground and take in the exciting view off all the other temples that sits below it. Let your guide explain the meaning of the stacco decoration displaying the Sun God flanked by signs of the moon, venus and different days located on the side of El Castillo. Your guide will them take you to enjoy a hot Belizean lunch and a drive through one of the most beautiful parts of the country as you make your way to the cave tubing site. A small hike through the rainforest leads you to a beautiful lazy river where your relaxing cave tubing adventure will begin. Relax as your guide takes through a sacred cave system then on to an open river where the kiss of the sun will simply complete your day as it comes to an end.
$
250
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
Join our best Mayan Expert Guide to explore the Magnificence World that his ancestors created. Listen and become engage as history comes alive through the souls of a living mayan.... more

Xunantunich means the “Stone Maiden” in the Maya language. Since 1892, numerous people have claimed to have seen a ghost here, dressed completely in white with red glowing eyes.Ongoing excavations have revealed that the Xunantunich mayan ruins in Belize probably played an important role in the political power struggle of the Classical period.

It seems likely that it joined in an alliance with Caracol & Calakmul in Mexico to bring down Tikal in Guatemala.

Xunantunich stands on a flattened hilltop, overlooking the Mopan River in Belize.

There are 5 plazas on site, which were once part of this Maya civic ceremonial center.

However they are completely overshadowed by the towering El Castillo, or The Castle – it’s what makes the Xunantunich mayan ruins in San Ignacio one of the top destinations in Belize
$
85
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Provider:
Xunantunich, which means “Stone Lady” in the Mayan language, is one of the many impressive ancient Mayan sites in Belize. To reach these ruins, you will travel with your guide in a ... morehand-cranked ferry across the Mopan River. Xunantunich sits atop a stunning green hilltop with views of a nearby border town, Benque Viejo del Carmen, and Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala. Enjoy a half-day climbing the pyramids, some of which were recently excavated. Learn more about Mayan history in the museum, including how the name of the ruins changed over time. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the howler monkeys that live in the forest canopies at the site, or a wish willy (black iguana) that can be spotted trying to blend into the rock of the pyramids. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the site, or travel back across the river to try some yummy local cuisine. A must-see in Belize!
$
100
/ Person
$
280
/ Group
Departs From:
Hopkins
Xunantunich Mayan ruin, also known as the "Maiden of the Rock” is the second tallest Mayan ruin in Belize. Xunantunich is located across from Benque Viejo Road near the village of ... moreSan Jose Succotz just a few miles from Belize’s western border with Guatemala. From there a hand-cranked ferry will take you across the Mopan River. From the other side of the river, it's a mile uphill to the site, which can be accessed on foot or in a vehicle.

The Blue Hole is a cool and refreshing place for an afternoon swim. It was formed by the collapse of an underground limestone cave. In this case, the river running through the original cavern still flows through the cave system and forms a sapphire-colored pool at the bottom of the sinkhole. The depression measures about 100 feet deep and 300 feet in diameter, with the actual blue hole at the depression’s base having a depth of about 25 feet.