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Xunantunich, Cayo

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.9/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web
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 Benque Viejo del Carmen travel itinerary planner.
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  • This was unbelievable! Though I am terrified of heights I walked, climbed and literally crawled to the top- what views. We got there this past Wednesday (Oct 12) at 840am and were the first ones there...  read more »
  • Getting to the ruins one needs to get on a hand cranked wooden ferry, large enough for perhaps 4 cars in total. The ride over the Mopan river takes perhaps 2-3 minutes. This by itself is quite an expe...  read more »
  • These ruins were much bigger and more impressive than I imagined. So much fun to learn about the mayans! Also loved that in Belize we were able to climb all over the ruins without restrictions and reg...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Superb Maya site with exquisite sculpture surrounded by jungle. On the side of the road going to the Guatemala border. A nice stop on the way to Tikal
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