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Reviewed yesterday

Luis Portillo took three of us on a day tour to Xunantunich. I had looked it up before we went, but was still not prepared for how large and complex the site is. It is a national park and there are active archeological digs in...More

Thank kcw66
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Words and pictures do not do it justice. We decided not to get a tour guide since we rented a vehicle and drove ourselves from Plascencia. The three and a half hour drive was well worth it. Once we crossed the hand cranked ferry we...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went here with a guide, which really enhanced the experience as he explained a lot about Mayan beliefs to us. It’s a great site with a very tall temple you can climb. You can see views of much of Belize as well as the...More

Thank Andrea C
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our taxi driver found us a local guide who did a good job for us. The guide brought out so much more than we would have gotten out of it otherwise. Amazing that you can still climb all over it. Impressive territorial views. Really is...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I can't believe there are too many ruin locations better than this one. We had guides, who were very knowledgeable. The hike to the top of the ruin gave us a 360 degree view of the country side.. Could see into Guatemala, and for miles...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Because we were staying at Caves Branch near Belmopan, we didn't want to drive all of the way to the Tikal ruins in Guatemala. It was too much for us in one day, so we opted for the Xunantunich ruins (1.5 hrs one way to...More

Thank Laysenne
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an amazing site. Relatively easy to get to. We organised a tour through the San Ignacio Hotel & Resort. This was expensive, but you can do it far cheaper by making your own way there by taxi, and getting a tour guide organised...More

Thank NHumpo
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying in Hopkins and booked the trip to the ruins through our resort (Belezian Dreams, highly recommended). We ended up being the only two people on the tour and had an amazing time! At first we were a little put off by the...More

Thank Brad S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the excursion offered by Carnival. 2 hour bus ride to nearly the guatemalan border. Bus was clean and air conditioned, former grey hound bus in a past life. It once had air suspension, alas no more. Had a restroom fhr #1 only. :) You...More

1  Thank Jason T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just took the public bus from downtown to the ferry and then walked to Xunantunich. Very cool place with active restoration efforts going on. This is one of the few ruins that still has some of the carvings on the walls. There are a...More

2  Thank CarrieRyuko
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DGIL31
July 31, 2018|
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Response from tb-tony | Reviewed this property |
Assuming the port is same as Carnival, it was a 2 hour ride to the ruins. We booked the excursion through Carnival and had a charter bus take us. Well organized.
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Travis A
March 10, 2018|
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Response from Mketailgate | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think it opens till 8:00 & you have to take a ferry across a river to enter. However if your adventurous have a taxi drop u off there then swim across. From there it’s probably a 20 min hike to the ruins just... More
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Alethia64
March 10, 2018|
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Response from annedan439 | Reviewed this property |
Try to time your visit so that you do not overlap with the large tour groups from the cruise ships. Early mornings should be fine, since it is a couple of hours drive from the port, or check with locals on which days have no... More
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