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Xunantunich, Cayo

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Ruin Historic Site
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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  • I really enjoyed this place. Climbing the ruins and hearing about the history is quite amazing. If you are afraid of heights going up the tallest ruin is kind of scary. Get a guided tour. Amazing to h...  more »
  • This center was a fun adventure starting with getting there by crossing a river on a hand cranked ferry. The grounds are very clean and the visitor center very informative. There are large clean restr...  more »
  • If you decide to visit Cayó, be sure to visit xunantunich. It's worth of visit! If u ever visit on a sunny day, ensure to apply sunblock cream. There is no shade to stand while u are walking around th...  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.