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Address: Cayo District | Southwest of San Ignacio, Belize
Phone Number: +501 625-6976
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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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Interesting and fairly compact Mayan ruin

Access to Xunantunich is via a hand-crank ferry over the Mopan River. The site core occupies only 300 square meters with El Castillo at one end and the royal palaces at the other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Topeka, Kansas
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Topeka, Kansas
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Access to Xunantunich is via a hand-crank ferry over the Mopan River. The site core occupies only 300 square meters with El Castillo at one end and the royal palaces at the other with three different plazas in between. El Castillo pyramid was by far the best to explore and climb of the 4 Mayan ruins we visited including Tikal.... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were staying in San Ignacio so it was only a 20 minute drive to Xunantunich. I have visted many Mayan attractions throughtout the world but this one of the best escpecially since there were so few tourists. One point to note if you are arriving by private car to cross the river on the mini ferry.The guides awaiting you... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to a Mayan temple and was a amazing. The tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable

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Boise, Idaho
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took a day trip over from San Pedro and are so glad we did. Our guide was an incredible source of information and understanding the culture that once existed. Stepping onto the ground was like an experience I'd never felt, almost spiritual. The Mayan ruins were breath-taking when you think about what had to go into creating them and... More 

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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took a cruise excursion to Xunantunich. The ruins were a two hour bus ride through Belize. I was shocked by what I saw on the way to the ruins. Belize is a very poor country and it is very humbling to see it for yourself. The buses pulled up to a river. There were stalls where people were selling... More 

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Seeing the ancient ceremonial and trading centers of the Cayo region is essential to appreciating the pride of the Bezilian people. Their development of an immense agricultural system, complete with irrigation and drinking water for supporting a huge population is more than impressive. A good guide is critical to comprehending the vast accomplishments of this ancient civilization in Mezoamerica.

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Parts Unknown
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited many Mayan sites over the years but we thoroughly enjoyed this site. The river crossing is unique and the ruins are a manageable day trip. Lets face it, some ruins are so large and expansive that they are exhausting. This place is just right and you can climb the pyramid and enjoy a stunning view that takes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From san ignacio I asked about a day tour and the driver picked me up at the hotel and waited for me at the site, charged around $40usd I found it was pricey. At one of the entrances you can find tour guides, they will charge around $30 usd and it last for about 1- 2 hrs. Entrances to site... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a day here with our daughters and loved it. Most people bypass it in favor of Tikal but we thought it was well worth the visit. Fun to get to, hand crank ferry to cross the river! There were people visiting but no where near the crowds you normally see at Mayan Ruins. The view from the top... More 

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Bass Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide Ian August was Very Professional and on Point with the knowledge!!! Xunantunich was very Gorgeous and rich in history!!! While touring the site we passed a few other groups with guides and hearing both other guides and Ian August, Ian August walked and talked real smooth and natural just like if he was there at the time!!! Ian... More 

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