Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tours
Xunantunich (pronounced "SHOO-nahn-too-neech") lies just eight miles from the Guatemala border. Xunantunich was a major ceremonial center during the Classic period of the Maya. Home to 25 temples and palaces including the second tallest Mayan structure in Belize, the site was the first opened to the public in 1954, and now it has a highly- praised on-site museum. The religion of the citizens of Xunantunich helped build this city up to the ceremonial center that it became. From the top of the pyramid El Castillo, one is provided a breathtaking view of the Macal, Mopan and Belize River valleys, as well as the rest of the ruins. From its perch visitors can also see into Guatemala.
The Classic Maya site of Xunantunich is by far the easiest to get to, and arguably the most impressive Mayan site in the country of Belize. The restored sections of this city contain a ceremonial center, residences for the wealthiest of the population, a middle-class residential area, and a ballcourt complex. The largest structure is The Castillo, rising 130 feet from the plaza floor. Built at the top of a hill, it dominates the countryside for miles around. The construction is typical Maya; a low terrace was designed to hold additional stone buildings, and on this level a temple was built. Later the entire temple was filled in and another was built on top of it. Because of the excavations of archaeologists, we get to see the various periods of construction. From information found at the site we know that Xunantunich was in power for only a few hundred years and abandoned after an earthquake. Beautiful stucco reliefs are on display and excavation projects continue.
Due to its proximity to a major highway, this is the most heavily visited ruin in Belize. At the right is the Xunantunich Ferry which takes you and your vehicle across the Mopan River to access the site.
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tour:
Depart for a scenic drive from Belize City heading due west to the town of San Ignacio, Cayo appx. (82 miles). As you proceed your tour guide will be interpreting the area you're passing by also talking about the History of Belize. Upon arrival in the park area you will have to alight from the vehicle where you and the vehicle will be boarding the hand crank ferry that takes you to the other side of the "Mopan River". On the other side you board back the vehicle that takes you up 1 mile to the parking lot area for you to use the rest room. After rest room break you gather together for a site visit at the reserve. Your guide will lead you to and in the reserve interpreting local flora and fauna of the site trail as well interpreting structures in situ. After tour local lunch and shopping in area. (App.1 hr).After swimming we depart for you connection to hotel. Tour appx. (6.5 hrs)
Tour Includes: Licensed Tour Guide, A/C Vehicle, Entrance Fees, Local Lunch, And Guided Tour.
Things to bring: Change of Clothing, Bathing Suits, Camera, Repellant, SunBlock, Good Hiking Boot/Shoe, Water Shoe, Towels, Money or Credit Card for shopping
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