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Overlooking the beautiful Mopan River from a stunning hilltop, the ruins at Xunantunich are some of the most visited Mayan sites in the world. Located in the Cayo region, Xunantunich, which means "stone woman" in Mayan, dates back to the Classic Era, about 200-900 AD.

The complex is made up of 6 groups and about 25 different temples and palaces, and is dominated by the astonishing El Castillo, which stands 40m (130ft) tall, and from the top, provides an amazing view of the jungle canopy, the other ruins, and even past the Guatemalan border. 

Learn about the incredible history of the Mayan inhabitants, the excavations, and the environment on the site, and stop into the visitors' center for more information. 

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Xunantunich Day Trip from San Ignacio

Travel back in time and experience what life was like in the city of Xunantunich, one of Belize’s most popular Mayan sites. This tour from San Ignacio takes ...  Read more

Location: San Ignacio, Belize
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.99

Xunantunich and The Belize Zoo

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Imposing temples and exotic animals! Is it the latest Hollywood action movie? No, this time it's real and you're the star. Travel Belize by a hand-cranked ...  Read more

Location: Belize City, Belize
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $134.99

Belize Zoo and Xunantunich Day Trip by Air from Ambergris Caye

View wildlife at the Belize Zoo and explore the Mayan plazas and palace ruins of Xunantunich on this full-day air tour from Ambergris Caye. You’ll see ...  Read more

Location: San Pedro, Belize
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $232.99

Xunantunich Mountain Bike Adventure

Are you ready to take on the challenge of an exhilarating mountain-biking adventure in Belize? This half-day bike tour for experienced riders takes you to ...  Read more

Location: San Ignacio, Belize
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.99

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