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! Be amazed by how boldly “El Castillo” stands overlooking the rest of the complexes.
Climb this spectacular structure, which rises 40m (130 ft.)! It is known as one of the highest, most famous man-made buildings in the country! When you stand on top of “El Castillo”, experience the same breath-taking view that the rulers once enjoyed! Get a small view of 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?
Daily at 8:00 am
2 to 3 hours
Must be in reasonable physical condition, height requirements
Hiking shoes, light clothing, hat
Insect repellent, no camera allowed.
Transportation, entrance fee, equipment, lunch, drinks.