Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
The magnificent temple and Ruins of Xunantunich is located only 8 miles away from the beautiful town of San Ignacio. Off the western highway, leaving the Mayan village of Succotz on the other side of the river, you board a hand-cranked ferry that takes you across the Mopan River, then drive another mile uphill to Xunantunich Site.
A must do activity when visiting San Ignacio!
Xunantunich reveals to be one of the earliest centres in the region pre-dating to around 1000 B.C., when it was still a growing village. A once growing village that eventually grew into one of the powerhouses of the region alongside with Naranjo, 8 km due west of Xunantunich. This impressive monument you are able to see today, archaeological research dates it to the 7th century! 700A.D-750A.D. Be amazed by how boldly “El Castillo” stands overlooking the rest of the complexes.
Climb this spectacular structure, which rises 40m (130 ft.)! One of the highest man-made buildings in the country and ALSO one of the most famous too! When you stand on top of “El Castillo” enjoy the same breath-taking view that the cities’ rulers once did! Look into Guatemala and much of our Jewel Belize with a 360-degree panoramic view!
Experience for yourselves the mighty roar of the famous Howler Monkeys that live in the abandoned jungle city! In Maya Ideology, these were the descendants of the second generation of humans to have been created! How fascinating is that?
Xunantunich Temple and Ruins Tour info
Departure: daily at 8:00 am
Duration: 2-3 hours tour
Dress Code: hiking shoes and clothing.
What To Bring Along: insect repellent, camera.
Price Includes: transportation, entrance fee, equipment, lunch, drinks.