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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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  • aside from the ATM cave, this was our other favorite excursion in belize. don't skip this. also, hire a guide at the hand cranked ferry for a fraction of the price, and get a personal tour instead of ...  more »
  • It's a very beautiful mayan site close to San ignacio. If you have a car you have to cross the river with a ferry (no reservation and it's free, the ferry is going every 5minutes) . The site is not as...  more »
  • Fantastic Mayan ruin experience. The most important thing is to have an experienced and knowledgeable guide. We went using upside down tours  more »
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  • This was a lot of fun. The hand cranked ferry reminded me of the movie The outlaw Josie Wales. Everyone here spoke very good English and the woman at the base selling water was not accommodating when I spoke Spanish. This was unimpressive. Our guide - Berta- was outstanding and obviously loved her country. The best view is at the top. Be sure to make the climb. The Army patrols here, and it is very safe.
  • Outstanding experience. Do some research before you go. We took bug spray but didn't need it in Dec. Take it for rainy season. One of the few sites left where you can climb a pyramid but that may not last long so GO WHILE YOU CAN. The lengthy bus ride provides ample time to get a good look at the countryside. Local guides enhanced our enjoyment of the site.
  • Excellent day touring this amazing, beautiful, spiritual place. Francisco was our guide and it was apparent he was quite passionate about this place and gave us an outstanding tour. He asked $30 USD for the 4 of us, and was worth every penny and more. The hand crank ferry is a trip in itself. On your way back, don't forget to give a tip to the one cranking the ferry. He is working hard and they take your safety seriously.
  • Quite the experience! From the hand-cranked ferry across the river to climbing to the top of the Mayan Temple this was a unique experience! Our tour guide (Gisele) was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and pleasant. Worth a trip to see this extraordinary archeological site.
  • Beautiful!!!! If you appreciate culture & history...you will never forget this sight! Make sure to hike every ruin & enjoy the view from the top. Breath taking!

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