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Address: Cayo District | Southwest of San Ignacio, Belize
Phone Number: +501 625-6976
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Description: This Mayan ruin features a 130-foot tall pyramid and impressive stone...
This Mayan ruin features a 130-foot tall pyramid and impressive stone carvings.
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Best maya ruins I have visited

Was quite impressed with the ruins. They were much better than tullum in Mexico. The best part was that you could climb up to the top of the ruins which gave a great view of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Jaco, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Was quite impressed with the ruins. They were much better than tullum in Mexico. The best part was that you could climb up to the top of the ruins which gave a great view of the area around the ruins. Would recommend a visit to this site

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I've been to many Mayan sites throughout Central America, but this is my favorite...especially for groups of students or visitors. The experience begins with a unique adventure: take the hand-cranked ferry across the river, then walk a mile to the welcome center (I recommend saving your energy and taking a taxi!). The new visitor's center has a well developed museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

When you pick up your car at Belize City before 1pm, you have time to drive to the ruins with time to see the grounds before it closes at 4:30. This is well worth seeing!

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Indian Springs, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A truly wonderful experience exploring a Mayan site. You are free here to explore the site on your own, though most use the service of a guide, which we also did. Amazing that you can climb to the top of this pyramid without police, guards, guard rails and ropes, caution tape, etc. You would never be allowed to do this... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Open 8am -4pm but try to get there by 9:30am to beat the cruise tours. Xunantunich is 6 mi W of San Ignacio in the Maya Village of Succotz just before Benque Viejo del Carmen. Just look for the ferry on the right side of the road and the sign for Maya temple. You drive onto the ferry and cross... More 

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Luling, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The ruins are accessible and you can climb all the way to the top. Beautiful views from up there and great intricate carvings can be seen. We came across many archeologists that continue to restore and find new treasures at the site. I will visit again the next time I go to Belize.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My sister and I went on a cruise out of Galveston in July 2015 with a stop in Belize City. We had already done a lot of diving and I had never seen ruins before, so we booked a tour to Xunantunich with RCCL. I would HIGHLY recommend booking through your cruise line if you want to go here since... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We took a taxi from San Ignacio to Xunantunich to make it a short half day trip. We asked the taxi to wait for us and the total for the ride round trip was 30 USD. We hired a guide for 18 USD and paid about 5 USD each for entrance. We were lucky that we got to Xunantunich early... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I have been all around Belize and Cayo is the district of all districts for culture and history. Xunantunich was our first major ruin in Cayo. First off the ruin is not a far hike from the road so if you take a bus you can still get to the ruin with a walk. We rented a car in Belize... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This was my favourite ruin, having visited Tikal, Palenque, and Tulum. Very peaceful, and affordable (I went without a tour having done a tour at other ancient sites. Good information centre.

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