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Xunantunich, Cayo

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#1 of 13 in Historic Sites in Belize
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. Use our Cayo road trip website to visit Xunantunich on your trip to Cayo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Took this tour/excursion while on a cruise...amazing. The guide was great! Learned so much and enjoyed the view from an ancient perspective! Did get to climb to the top of the ruin. Wow! What an exper...  more »
  • My husband and I visited Xunintunich on our own with our rented vehicle. The river was too high to allow vehicles, so we ventured up by foot. When we got there, only three other older adults were roam...  more »
  • Beautiful and serene, except for the sound of the howler monkeys on the way to the ruins! Crazy loud for small critters -sounds like a village of King Kong's descendants- but an unexpected delight! :)...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amazing Mayan historical site! It was nice to have a professional guide. We stayed at the nearby Trek Stop, which was also wonderful.
  • 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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