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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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Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

After reading through a mountain of information while planning our holiday we came across a large section about getting married in Belize. One of the more popular spots inland was Xunantunich. The seed was planted and we began planning our wedding with the help of our resort where we booked. We were lucky to have a clear day albeit a... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We booked this tour as an excursion during a Western Caribean Carnival Cruise. Disembarking from the cruise ship and transferring to the tour bus was efficient and well organized. The bus ride to the ruins was about 2 hours from, Belaize City, but the 2 Belizean tour guides kept us entertained with useful information about the country of Belize. We... More

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Bayville, New Jersey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
37 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Xunantunich was about 2 hours by bus from the cruise port, but it was definitely worth it. This was the place I was most excited to see during my trip, and it did not disappoint. There are multiple ruins here, and you are able to climb them if you desire. The climb to the top is pretty steep, but well... More

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My family enjoys the "less regulated allow me to climb on top of that thing" kind of adventure. When we went to Tikal there are not as many opportunities to do that - but at Xunantunich you can really "fully" enjoy these ruins by being up close and personal.

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Miami, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It takes about 2 hours in bus from the port to reach the ruins. There are several ruins at this site. You have the option of climbing to the top of one of the ruins. Passage to the top is steep and narrow; no one in the tour had difficulty with the climb. Beautiful view from the top. Tour guides... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Very close to Chaa Creek, don't miss this site if you are even mildly interested in Mayan ruins. The site has many ruins, and a guide helps you understand all the rich history. Tons of photo ops from low and high.

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marin County, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A view across the jungle greets you if you climb to the top of the highest pyramid at this ruins. Accessed via a hand-cranked auto-ferry, this is one of Belize's most spectacular sights. From atop "El Castillo" you can see Guatemala.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I used a local stables to get there on horse back and then walked around the ruins on foot, a great way to enjoy the local landscape. I was lucky that it was a quiet whilst I was there and left just in time for a huge crowd of american children turning up. The ruins are pretty big and most... More

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Belmopan, Belize
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I recently visited the Xunantunich Mayan site.....from crossing the river on a hand powered ferry to the grounds of the site -- it was peaceful and rich in history. The tour guides give you very good relevant information on the site and the grounds a re well kept with a beautiful Tourist information center. The climb to the top of... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It is a small place but do not miss it when you visit Cayo. You can reach the ruins by a free ferry. After the visit you have a chance to buy beautiful handcrafts by local artists next to the road. Some shops accept credit card.

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