Xunantunich Tours

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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. 

Getting to Xunantunich can take a little bit of effort, and as the park closes at 4pm, you'll want to get a nice early start on your journey. The easiest way to get there is by bus going toward Benque Viejo del Carmen, letting the driver know where you're wanting to go. The bus will only make the stop upon request, so be sure to inform your driver. When you are dropped off, take a free ride on the hand-cranked ferry to cross the Mopan River, with a quick 1mi (1.6km) walk to the site.

If you're coming from San Ignacio, you can usually find a bus going to the ruins as well. Of course, most of the main cities have organized tours that provide transportation daily.

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Xunantunich Mayan Ruin And Cave Tubing

The atmospheric ruins of Xunantunich are some of the most-visited Mayan ruins in the world. During your stay in Belize, ensure you don’t miss the ancient archeological site on this 6-hour tour of Xunantunich, including cave tubing. Ideal for adventurous travelers, this excursion allows you to explore the Mayan ruins, hike through exotic rainforest, and ride an inflated inner tube down rivers running through darkened caverns. Entrance fees and round-trip transport from your Belize City hotel are included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.  
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Xunantunich Mayan Ruin Tour from Belize City

Go on a journey around Xunantunich on this 6-hour tour from Belize City, and see the old Mayan ceremonial center. Take a ferry ride over to the Mayan ruins, and Climb to the top of El Castillo pyramid. Then, hike through a rainforest to get to see some of Belize’s cave.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour of Xunantunich And Belize Zoo

Experience Belize’s vibrant wildlife and ancient history on a 6-hour private tour to the Belize Zoo and the Maya ceremonial complex of Xunantunich. Visit tapirs, gibnuts and coatimundis in the award-winning zoo, then continue west to the partially-excavated ruins at the edge of the scenic Mopan River. Take in views of the jungle from the top of El Castillo pyramid, watch for howler monkeys among the stones, and get a glimpse of Maya history as you explore the archeological site’s plazas, temples and ball courts. 
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Xunantunich Mayan Ruin from Belize City

Explore the archeological site of Xunantunich on a private tour from Belize City, and discover the fascinating history of a Maya ceremonial center on the shores of the Mopan River. Climb to the top of El Castillo pyramid, take in views of the lush jungle, then stand between the walls of a traditional ball court. Spot howler monkeys and wild turkeys among the stones, and study the intricately carved stelae, freizes and glyphs that bring the ancient Maya civilization to vibrant life. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Xunantunich, Cave Tubing and Zipline tour from Belize City

Fit three of Belize’s most popular activities into one jam-packed day on this combo tour that takes you from the top of a sacred stone temple to the depths of the Mayan underworld. Explore the ruins of an ancient Mayan city at the Xunantunich archaeological site, and then fly through the Belizean jungle and across a rive on one of the country’s longest ziplines. Back on solid ground, gear up for an underground cave tubing journey inside the mysterious Nohoch Che'en caves before recharging with a homestyle Belizean lunch.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Xunantunich Day Trip from Belize City

Embark on an archaeological adventure in the jungles of Belize with a day trip to the Xunantunich Mayan ruins from Belize City. Learn about the history of this ancient Mesoamerican city from an expert guide, and climb to the top of the El Castillo stone temple for magnificent views over the treetops and into Guatemala.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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