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The Xunantunich ruins near San Ignacio in Cayo District Belize

The majestic ruins of Xunantunich near San Ignacio in Cayo District.

MAYAN RUINS XUNANTUNICH

Full day Xunantunich Tour with stop in Belmopan....$105.00

Full day Xunantunich and Belize Zoo Tour...........$115.00

A lunch stop is made at a local restaurant in San Ignacio or Belmopan.

***Prices in U.S. dollars per person and includes park entrance fees.

***Tours are subject to Government 10% GST.

XUNANTUNICH RUINS: "The Maiden of the Rock", as it is known in the local Mayan dialect, is easily accessible in Western Belize in the Cayo District, just inside the border from Guatemala.
One of the pyramids which dot the xunantunich site

There are numerous ancient structures around the Xunantunich site.

It was the first Mayan ruin in Belize to be opened to the public when a road and hand cranked ferry bridge were built in 1954 to access the site. Xunantunich is an example of the "Classic" period of Mayan history, from about 300 A.D. to 900 A.D. The site was largely abandoned by the Mayans about 900 A.D., possibly due to a large earthquake in the region. The exploration of Xunantunich began in the late 1800's by the British. A team from UCLA is continuing excavation and restoration of the site to present. Today there is a very nice Visitor's Center which includes a scale model of the site which gives visitors a nice overview of the ruins. Most tourists make a point of climbing "El Castillo", a 130 foot high pyramid near the center of the ruins. From the top of El Castillo you can enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree view of the
A large iguana climbs the steps at Xunantunich

A large iguana climbs the steps at Xunantunich.

Mopan, Macal and Belize River Valleys and the Guatemalan Petan District. What to bring: Sunhat, sunscreen, camera, binoculars, insect repellent, comfortable walking shoes (or boots), water bottle

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