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Xunantunich

Address: Cayo District | Southwest of San Ignacio, Belize
Phone Number: +501 625-6976
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$135*
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Xunantunich and The Belize Zoo
98%
Ranked #3 of 38 Attractions in Cayo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This Mayan ruin features a 130-foot tall pyramid and impressive stone...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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Nebraska
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

The ruins were great, but it rained the whole time I went as part of a cruise tour, the guides were excellent, but the bus ride from the port to the ruins was long., which limited the amount of the time at the ruins. Being able to climb on the ruins was a great opportunity, beware the stairs are not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Smaller ruins but amazing, we went during the week. There were less than 20 other people at the whole site. Beautiful view from the top over to the Guatemalan border.

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Rocky Mountains
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Just 10 feet shorter than Caracol and a whole lot easier to access, Xunantunich is a spectacular Mayan ruin. Much less extensive than the hard to reach Caracol, it can still easily eat up half a day’s worth of exploration. Approximately fifteen minutes west of St. Ignacio, a picturesque hand cranked ferry takes cars and pedestrians across the Mopan River... More 

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North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Great Location. We went here on a cruise by Carnival as an excursion from the ship. This place was fantastic. We were able to see the monkeys and we had an excellent guided tour in English that took us to the multiple buildings and explained what they were used for. We even had some wonderful shots of of the buildings... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We stayed in San Ignacio , so this was about a 20 min drive... We had a vehicle rental so we didn't book a tour... We arrived just as the park was opening... we had the entire site to our self... It was great, seen some spider monkey's, climbed to the top of the highest temple... The price is good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Xunantunich is an unbelievable place. The area took my breath away. I overcame my fear of heights and climb to the top of the main temple. The view from on top was spectacular. This is a must see.

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Lethbridge, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Great location, close to San Ignacio. It's not hard to get to and the ferry operators are helpful. There's also nice crafts and souvenirs available at the ferry entrance. The views here are beautiful and there was also a troop of howler monkeys at this site.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

You can climb to the top. Epic views. On a clear day I've heard you can see into Guatemala. Howler monkeys living in the park. Very cool.

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Richmond, Virginia
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14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We were staying at a resort on the coast, and traveled 2.5-3 hours by car to reach this destination. It was worth the trip! (Although I'm glad we didn't stick with our original plan of getting there by motorbike...it rained most of the day.) Our car driver was our guide for the day, and he took care of everything. We... More 

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Minnesota
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13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We stopped at Xunantunich for a few hours while traveling between hotels. You cross the river on a hand cranked car ferry. There is no charge for the ferry, unless you chose to tip the operators. There is an interpretive center on-site with information about the history/discovery of the site. We were lucky enough to get a chance to talk... More 

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