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Xunantunich

Cayo District | Southwest of San Ignacio, Belize
+501 625-6976
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Ranked #4 of 36 attractions in Cayo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Description: This Mayan ruin features a 130-foot tall pyramid and impressive stone carvings.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Really fun to look around, see the carvings the Mayans did, see the surroundings from high up on the castle.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This ruin is in great condition and provides beautiful views of the plaza structures as well as the surrounding hills. It is located less than 20 minutes from the center of San Ignacio and is very near to the Guatemala border. As with many of the other attractions in Belize, it is $10BZ per person to tour the grounds and... More

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Belize
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

The ruins are accessible once you're driving on the western highway, close to the Belize Guatemala border. There is some Giftshop and restroom facilities just be for you enter the site. Which Worked out great for us, after the visit we were a hurry to leave, it was a bit late for the babies. The ruins are well excavated, they... More

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Fleming Island, Florida
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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We visited Xunantunich through a cruise ship excursion while stopping in Belize. I recommend this tripto anyone who wants to visit and explore a Mayan ruin while seeing the country at the same time. A two hour bus ride each way from the port allows you the opportunity to see the country and its many sights. To access the ruin... More

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Seattle, Washington
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12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

These Mayan ruins can be enjoyed at your own pace. Many howler monkeys and wild animals abound. We walked around and explored on our own but you can hire a guide. Try to time it so you are not overrun with tourists from the buses. Early or late.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was one of the few onboard cruise ship excursions we have ever booked, and it was an amazing adventure we will never forget. Standing atop El Castillo you can only imagine the stunning architecture of this structure and the surrounding plaza, most of which is still buried from view. If you are a photographer you will be busy shooting... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was only the second ruins site that my husband and I had ever seen with the first being Tulum just the day before. We really liked this one so much better when we were on the excursions only because we felt we were not as rushed. Maybe it was because it was smaller and we felt we had more... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Very close to hotel. Howler monkeys in the trees. Small but cool ruin site that you get to via hand-pulled ferry.

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Wenonah, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We hired an excellent guide (Neri Chi) just before crossing the river. Toured for about 2+ hours. Fascinating place. Had tough time deciding between here and longer trip to Caracol or Tikal. Would have liked to see those more expansive ruins but this was probably a good taste of the Mayan life on a shorter time frame.

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Dallas, Texas
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10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I wish I would remember our guides name, and I apologize to him for not being able to remember. He was very knowledgeable, funny, and took his time showing us all the amazing parts and history of the ruins. The mini ferry ride over the river gave it that extra adventure feel. The ruins are wonderful and I encourage you... More

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