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It’s going to be an eventful day so be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. This tour will start within a few miles of San Ignacio in air-conditioned transport to Xunantunich. ... moreXunantunich is a national treasure that fills its visitors with a sense of time travel. It sits close to Belize’s western border and is a must-visit. Local souvenirs, hammocks, and blankets are available from the many vendors waiting alongside the river at the entrance to the hand-cranked ferry that has carried many thousands to and from the calm beauty of this Maya Temple.

The panoramic views of the Cayo District and nearby Guatemala from atop ‘El Castillo’ are stupendous! Come with an open heart to experience simplicity and visiting another world for a few hours before heading off to Jaguar Paw for cave tubing & zip lining.

When you’ve arrived at the outpost, you will meet your tour guides who will issue inflatable tubes, headlamps, and life vests. You’ll be given a basic orientation and safety briefing before heading off on a 30-minute hike which includes wading through a few knee-deep water streams.

Once at the entrance of the cave system, it’s time for your ancient Maya underworld adventure. You’ll see intricate crystalline formations that line the cave with a majestic rise and fall of stalagmites and stalactites that add to the serene richness and grandiose of Xibalba as it’s known. After exiting the cave, you’ll emerge into the sunlight and free float downstream, ushered by the gentle current and little rapids, to the harmony of birds and natural wildlife which routes back to where the tour started.
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Spend the day visiting three of Belize’s famous Mayan ruins Benque Ruins Xunantunich Cahal Pech
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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No
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Your driver will take you to a local stable where you will gear up and mount your horse and depart on a 1-hour ride to Xunantunich along the banks of the Mopan River, in the village ... moreof San Jose Succotz. Here you will cross the river on an ancient handcrafted ferry and then ride your horse up to Xunantunich. When you arrive prepare to dismount and let your horse as you explore the temples and plazas on foot.

Climb the impressive 130 feet tall temple ‘El Castillo’ and discover the breathtaking panoramic view of the Belizean and Guatemalan landscape. Xunantunich is also known for its ceremonial center, ball court, residential and recreational area and the reconstructed frieze on the east and west side of the temple."
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Xunantunich Ruins and Kayaking tour start at 8:00 am. We drive from San Ignacio, for approximate 35minutes, to the parking area. Followed with a guided tour for a better understanding ... moreof our past and present. Then, it is followed with a relaxing Mopan River Kayaking or tubing tour; looking at iguanas and birds. You are back at the hotel at approximately 12:30.
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Pacbitun is a lesser-known Mayan site located near San Antonio Village in the Cayo District, Belize. The name means “Stone Set in Earth”. Your experienced guide will take you to this ... moresite, which has just recently begun to be excavated. This site was inhabited for around 2000 years, from 900 BC to 900 AD. This site is unique because it was recently discovered that during the Late Classic period, the Mayan people had a slate workshop, which is attached to one of the royal court's zones on the complex. This is a great off-the-beaten-track ruin that would make for a great stop to or from Mountain Pine Ridge!
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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
Departs From:
Hopkins
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.
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
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.
Departs From:
Placencia
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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.
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
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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.
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town