Slip on your walking shoes and step back in time with these marvelous Mayan ruins for this tour in Belize. The Xunantunich ruins are a wonderful example of the Classic Mayan period and were abandoned around 900 A.D., presumably due to a large earthquake in the area and power struggles.
Your tour will begin in Belze City with a scenic 110 minute ride to Succuts Village in the Cayo District. Hop on a hand-cranked ferry to cross the Mopan River, then step into the ancient archeological site of Xunantunich. Located on a natural limestone ridge, this site was the first Mayan ruin opened to the public. Wind through 6 plazas and dozens of temples as your knowledgeable guide shares interesting facts about ancient Mayan life.
Xunantunich is the modern name of the area and is Mayan for "Stone Woman". Legend has it that the ghost of a woman routinely appears in front of the El Castillo pyramid structure, ascends the steps and literally disappears into a stone wall.
Rising about 130 feet tall, El Castillo is the second highest structure in Belize and dominates the site. Follow in the Stone Woman's steps by taking a short, steep climb to the top and be rewarded with an impressive panoramic view of the Mopan, Macal and Belize River valleys and the nearby Peten District of Guatamala. While at El Castillo take a moment to admire the stucco friezes depicting various gods and the tree of life. Finish your time in Xunantunich relaxing at a local restaurant while you enjoy a traditional Belizean lunch before heading back to Belize City.
NOTE: Lunch is not included in your tour package. You can order off the menu and clear your check.
Reserve your spot now and get ready to discover the amazing ruins at Xunantunich.
We recommend wearing comfortable, seasonal clothing and closed-toe walking shoes. Guests should also bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Chilled bottle water provided.
Guests should be in good physical condition, as the tour involves walking at ruins. This tour is not recommended for guests who use a wheelchair, or for those with limited mobility. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.