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Xunantunich

Address: Cayo District | Southwest of San Ignacio, Belize
Phone Number: +501 625-6976
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Xunantunich and The Belize Zoo
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Ranked #3 of 35 Attractions in Cayo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This Mayan ruin features a 130-foot tall pyramid and impressive stone...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This Mayan ruin features a 130-foot tall pyramid and impressive stone carvings.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Aurora, Illinois
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48 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Getting to the ruins is half the fun when you turn off the main road onto the small hand crack ferry across the river. From there it is just a short drive to the ruins. From atop the highest ruin you get a great view above the canopy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Everyone should see this. Be prepared for a 2 1/2 hour shuttle ride. Great place for photos. Staff are very knowledgeable.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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19 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed visiting Xunantunich - they're a relatively compact set of ruins but well worth checking out. If you can't make it to Tikal, be sure to visit Xunantunich.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is a hidden gem, It's not the easiest to get to but the change in scenery as you go from the beach areas to the hill country near the Guatemalan border area is beautiful.The pyramid is impressive which you can climb as well as the other structures. It is not as big as other Mayan sites we have been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This was a easy site to reach from San Ignacio by public transport 1?5 BZ dollar per person each way. A great site well maintained calm and relaxing whilst you view the layout of this once thriving city a must see site

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Xunantunich was very cool. It pales in comparison to our follow up day to Tikal, but if you don't want to make the trip to Guatemala, definitely stop here. You're allowed to climb on a lot of ruins and the views are spectacular!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I'm not afraid of heights, but I am afraid of edges... the stairs were a bit steep, but once you're at the top...it's so worth it. We saw Howlers monkeys there too- added bonus.

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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We had a guide, which I would highly recommend, and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. However, I would have loved to stay longer to sit back and take in the history.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

A must-see site if you are in the San Ignacio area. There are excursions you can take to grander sites; however, because of its proximity, the accessibility of its structures and the historical value of the site, a visit to Xunantunich should be the #1 destination of all San Ignacio visitors with even a modicum of interest in ancient Mayan... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A beautiful Mayan site. Arrange for a guided tour with Carlos. Rumors Guest House can set it up for you. He's a licensed guide with a wealth of information on the local ruins, including Cahl Pech. He made both Cahl Pech and Xunantunich come to life.

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