Xunantunich Maya Site


The name Xunantunich or shoo-NAN-too-NEECH, means Maiden of Rock. In Belize, this was the first site to be opened to the public, after the road and hand-cranked ferry were completed in 1954. Xunantunich is a Classic period (300-900 AD) ceremonial center, with wide plazas and elaborate pyramids. The tallest is the astonishing 130 foot “El Castillo” (The Castle) which is large by Mayan standards and is only exceeded by the Caana pyramid at Caracol. The site was occupied until around 1100 AD and was likely abandoned after an earthquake, evidence of which was discovered by archaeologists in the mid-1900. The modifications done to the center of this city shows how desperate the nobility were getting, and reflects the hard times which the Maya experienced during the terminal period just before deserting the site.

You will be picked up from your hotel by one of our experienced local guides who will then take you to the site to have the experience of a life time.

Tour Duration:
9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
What’s included:
Transportation to and from your hotel, park entrance fee, tour guide, water
What’s NOT included:
Lunch isn’t included; however, feel free to ask your guide to stop at Benny’s Restaurant in Succotz Village. Benny’s is a family owned restaurant that has been serving authentic Belizean Cuisine in the area for years
Level of Difficulty:
Easy – Moderate – involves some steps and hill climbing
Succotz Village, 15 minutes west of San Ignacio Town
Travel time to site:
30 minutes round trip from San Ignacio Town and about 1.5 hours at the site.
Useful Stuff:
sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, camera, sun screen, spending money for lunch and souvenirs.

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