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Xunantunich

Cayo District | Southwest of San Ignacio, Belize
630-7870
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Ranked #4 of 36 attractions in Cayo
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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I have visited Maya and Aztec holy sites all over Central America and this is definitely one of my top three. It is estimated that Xunantunich had about 10,000 people in a three kilometer footprint, making this a major Maya center. It is not as large as Tikal, but much less visited, allowing you to get away from the crowds,... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

If possible, this educational and interesting ruins tour is best done when paired with the nearby ruins of Cahal Pech (which I enjoyed even more for its unique landscape and unique photography opportunities). Footwear: Whether the weather is drizzly or dry, the mossy stone can be extraordinarily slippery, so be sure to wear shoes with a decent tread. There are... More

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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

We booked this through our cruise ship. The women tour guides were amazing. They brought an insight into the country that we could not have gotten with books and self guided tours. The 2 hour bus ride went quickly. From the hand cranked bridge to the climbing El Castillo, this tour did not disappoint. We climbed El Castillo to the... More

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The ruins at Xunantunich are absolutely breath-taking, especially El Castillo" I recommend a guided tour of this and any Mayan ruin to get the full experience. David (from Belize Nature Travel" was our guide to Xunantunich and El Pilar. Both are spectacular!

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Spokane, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

These ruins are worth going to. From the hand crank ferry to cross the Mopan river to the heights of the view. Mario was very informative about the history of the ruins and ancient culture.

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Loveland, OH
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

We booked this tour through the cruise ship (which we do not normally do) due to the fact that it was a long tour and did not want to get back late. The tour guides were very informative, telling us a lot about the area on the way to the site. When we arrives at the ruin another guy talked... More

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St. Louis, MO
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83 reviews 83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This was a great attraction. We arrived in Belize via cruise ship, so it was a two hour drive one way to the ruins, which are right on the border of Belize and Guatemala. We only got to spend about 1.5 hours at the ruins, which was a bummer because I felt rushed the whole time and we weren't able... More

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Lansing, Kansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Probably smaller than others but this was my first experience with ruins and I thought it was AMAZING. It wasn't crowded at all when we went on a Friday in March. Gorgeous views of both Belize and Guatemala (on the highest ruin). Large iguanas running around and howler monkeys making unbelievable loud noises in the trees added to the experience.... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Visiting Xunantunich was a big surprise, because of the size of the structures and the beauty of the decoration. The carvings on view around the site reveal a beautiful artistry that is sometimes lost in time. Climbing El Castillo was a steep trip but the view was an amazing reward. The Ancient Mayans picked the spot for their structure with... More

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Coquitlam, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Pronounced shoe-nan-toe-nich. Fantastic experience with our fabulous guide, John. (If he is not at the Cahal Pech Ruins, they will contact him for you). Much cheaper than what our hotel offered and he was super knowledgeable. The little hand crank ferry over the river was quaint. The onsite store was very very reasonable. Worth organising with John, or another local... More

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