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Xunantunich, Cayo

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Observe the unbelievable ancient structures at Xunantunich, a site of ancient Mayan civilization and commerce. Contemplate the site's largest structure, a pyramid standing at a staggering 40 m (130 ft) tall, and climb to its summit for amazing vistas across the jungle. Consider taking a guided tour for for a more illuminating visit, helping you to absorb extra knowledge about the fascinating Mayan civilization. Don’t forget your camera and sunscreen, and keep you ears open for the sound of howler monkeys bellowing from the jungle canopy. Put Xunantunich at the forefront of your travel plans using our Cayo travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    A breath taking tour of a Mayan Ruin. Definitely get a tour guide to take you around. Start by taking a ferry ride across the Mopan River and drive up to the site. The area is indescribable with histo...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Toured these ruins with the Ian Anderson's Cave's Branch tour and the whole crew loved it--even the four year olds! This is a great place to climb ruins, learn the history and really see, up close how...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Precious ruins, the views are amazing. We had the luck to see them in July, and despite the heat, it was great because we were almost alone in the middle of the ruins. The good thing about this trip is that the few that don't have to do it guided and with a bus and a good walk you reach Xunantunich without spending much.
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  • July 6, 2017
    Very interesting ruins site. Take the car ferry over, it's the only way. Short drive into the park. Walk around and explore the sites. Climb to the top of the temples. From there you can easily see Guatemala less than a mile away. The climb up is scary especially on slick wet rock. The day we were there it rained for a short period but did not affect us. What a view!! This is the closest site to Black Rock Lodge so if you are staying there and your time is limited this is it and worth it.
  • June 14, 2017
    Very interesting place, had tour guide on site to explain the history of the site plus the uses for each structure. Very hot, take plenty of water and light clothing. Buildings had wide steep steps, but our 6 year old handed them well. Would recommend to anyone if they have the opportunity.
  • May 1, 2017
    Very cool place to visit and get a tour from a knowledgeable local. We had a great time! Those steps to the top are up to 18 inches tall, it's no joke to climb up there. Only for the strong and those of us without a fear of heights.
  • June 16, 2017
    Amazing Mayan historical site! It was nice to have a professional guide. We stayed at the nearby Trek Stop, which was also wonderful.
  • May 30, 2017
    It was a pretty interesting site to see. My only concern was there was no type of safety rail guards. The surface on the top is very slippery in my opinion. I wouldn't recommend climbing to the top on rainy days. Only $10 belize to get in.

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