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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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  • Fabulous cruise excursion to see the ruins. A long drive from Belize City, but what an adventure. Over the river on a hand cranked ferry. Up the hills through the think canopy of trees, mahogany, teak...  more »
  • This you have to have seen. Relatively quiet (unless there are cruise ships, which you can avoid by before 10 h to visit). By car you have to short, free transfer (you can match). Entrance to park is 10bd. We took a guide for 25usd and that ws it worth (francisco Javier), gave a lot of useful explanation and shows you all the beautiful places. The site contains a few topspots (castillo, palaces). On the way to the site you can also what howler monkeys in the trees. On the ruins you see also regularly the grey iguanas. Nice site!
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  • We booked our tour through Martz Farm and can't say enough positive things about our tour guide, Louis. Louis was knowledgeable and passionate about everything from the flora and fauna to the Maya his...  more »
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  • Xunantunich is a great place to see Mayan ruins in a beautiful setting. We have visited a number of ruins in Mexico through the years and this was the first for us in Belize. I have to say it was one of our favorites. The grounds are well maintained and the park is no so big as to wear you out. You can climb the great pyramid and the view is spectacular. We also enjoyed seeing a monkey play around in the trees. That alone was worth the visit
  • Amazing and beautiful environment. Best views in Belize. The history of the site will over take you when you see it. It is named after a ghost called the stone woman. If you are lucky you will hear a bunch of howler monkeys that add to the environment.
  • Amazing archaeological site! Bring plenty of sunscreen and water, and wear comfortable walking shoes, you'll be climbing a lot of stairs. Well worth it to hire a guide, there isn't a lot of information readily available on the actual site.
  • Great place to visit, you can actually climb on top of the ruins which is an incredible experience, definitely worth the trip! The gift store is also pretty cool, definitely had some one of a kind souvenirs there.
  • A must visit when in Belize. Take a tour to get educated and be amazed. Not like Chichen Itza, so don't expect that.