Xunantunich

Xunantunich, Cayo

Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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jfo36
New York City, NY15 contributions
Beautiful Mayan ruins
Nov 2021
Beautiful Mayan ruin site and we had it almost to ourselves on a Sunday morning. We went with a guide from Chaa Creek and upon arriving to the river found that the car could not go on the hand crank ferry so we had to walk the mile up to the site. Fine, except we were traveling with a 3.5 and 5 year old. But we made it and it was well worth the hike. The ruins are very impressive and you can climb up to to the top of many of them where the views and pictures are amazing. We got some close up view of Spider monkeys and learned a lot about the Mayan culture.
Written December 3, 2021
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Russ C
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A Highlight of our Travel to Belize
Aug 2021
Taking a tour of Xunantunich was one of the highlights of our trip to Belize which was filled with other tremendous experiences including scuba diving, ziplining and jungle hiking.

We were picked up at Parrot Cove Lodge by “Mister Golden” (yes I know that sounds like the name of James Bond movie villain – but he was actually really nice). On the 2 and a half hour ride from Hopkins Village, Mr. Golden Miranda answered a lot of our questions about Belize. He spoke passionately about Belize, Hopkins Village and the Garifuna People.

All vehicles entering the park must cross over a river. This is accomplished by driving on to a ferry that is hand cranked across the river – kind of adds to the whole experience.

Walking amongst the ancient Mayan structures was really cool. This Mayan center is still being slowly being revealed – but what you can see and climb on now is extensive. The grand structures the Maya built were covered up by the jungle after the Maya abandoned them several hundred years ago. It was cool to see a structure that is being actively dissected from the layers of earth and jungle. Scientists think there is much more to be exposed.

From El Castillo the tallest structure you can look out into densely carpeted rainforest, mountain peaks and small villages. You can see the road - just a kilometer away - that is the border to Guatemala.

Do know before you go - that climbing up the ruins is moderately strenuous. There are some big steps and if the steps were to be wet - they might be slippery.

Our family of 3 traveled to Belize the first week of August in 2021. We stayed at Parrot Cove Lodge where we ate several wonderful meals at Chef Rob’s. We ziplined and hiked in the jungle. We toured ruins and played around in Hopkins Village. I will post separate reviews on our lodging, tours and dining experiences.

COVID-19: yes, we did travel during a pandemic when another wave of cases was occurring. The 3 of us were vaccinated. We protected others and ourselves by covering our mouths and noses with N-95’s on the plane. In Belize almost everyone was wearing a mask – even outside for example riding a bike down the highway. Know that Belize is trying to keep you and their people safe. Please respect their laws, restrictions, and norms about COVID-19. Belize has done a good job at keeping their people from dying from COVID-19; don’t spoil it for them - get vaccinated and wear a mask.

I wish you safe travels.
Written November 15, 2021
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ajnavy04
Denver, CO205 contributions
Definitely visit this site if you're in the San Ignacio area
Aug 2021
Definitely visit this site if you're in the San Ignacio area. This site is only about 10 minutes from San Ignacio and 100% worth going to see. This place is best if you have your own car. There is a hand-crank ferry that can take you across the river and there are multiple tour guides on the riverbank if you want to hire someone to give you some background. Several people suggested that you can get here on foot. Technically you can, but it's like a mile+ walk uphill to get to the site...which is pretty miserable before you start climbing stairs. The site can also be enjoyed without a guide, there are some brochures and pamphlets available on the way in if you prefer to do it yourself.

Bring sunblock and water. Be on the lookout for monkeys around the site. Be aware, the very top room of the temple is closed because of Covid, hopefully it reopens soon.
Written November 15, 2021
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Floridians33596
Valrico, FL382 contributions
Sensational Ruins with AWESOME View !
Nov 2021
Do not miss these ruins if you are traveling to this part of the world ! The sheer size will stun you at first . Then you will see the carvings and want a closer look. I went up to the 2nd level. It was as high as they will let you go up at this time. The guide told me it was 150 feet ! I was glad that I had comfortable shoes lol ! I was pretty winded so I advise you to take it slow. Bring your camera and a bottle of water. Be prepared to be amazed !
Written November 11, 2021
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MathiasKimmy
Boom, Belgium23 contributions
Beautiful view from the larger temple!
Oct 2021
Xunantunich is well worth the visit, if you can take a guide with you! Our guide Junior told us all about the Mayan culture. When you climb the largest temple you have a stunning view over the area (including the border with Guatemala!) We saw spider monkeys on the site itself ! Try visiting in the low season, we had the whole site to ourself!
Written October 11, 2021
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Lakeia Truesdale
Landover, MD12 contributions
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Aug 2021 • Friends
My cousin and I went on the tour and it was a wonderful experience. The guide tour guy Gerson was EXCELLENT. He allowed us to take our time and he explained very ooze in detail. He is such a sweet, caring, knowledgeable and very professional. I would recommend him if you want to a good tour.
Written August 23, 2021
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Jillian
Oklahoma City, OK70 contributions
Xunantunich Tour
Aug 2021
Wonderful excursion to explore the Mayan temples at this site. The day was super hot & humid so definitely be prepared with hat & sunscreen. The hand cranked ferry crossing was neat. It was a little disappointing that we did not get to climb all the way to the top of the temple because of covid restrictions but the view of the temple from the palace was excellent. The museum & other buildings with historical displays were also closed due to the pandemic. I was glad we had a guide to tell us about the site.
Written August 18, 2021
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SnappleSpice
New York City, NY420 contributions
Go with a guide
Jul 2021
Impressive sights, but with the info center being closed, I recommend going with a tour guide. We went with a guide and spent about an hour here, which in the heat, was plenty of time for me.
Written August 16, 2021
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Orestes P
11 contributions
Beautiful Mayan buildings
Jul 2021 • Couples
We took a local taxi from San Ignacio (12 BLZ for two) to the small market where you take the ferry to cross the river. We walked to the ruins. It is a mile walk with hills. Once there, the Mayan temples are amazing. We got soaked on top of one of them by the rain. They are not as busy.

This is must if you are in the area and don’t want to do the long trip to Caracol. Tours to the Mayan ruins are very expensive. My wife and I did it by ourself for $44 BLZ. Worth it.
Written August 16, 2021
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Texanwholuvs2travel
Texas51 contributions
Interesting sight / worth the visit
Aug 2021 • Friends
Enjoyed visit with Cayo guide. Very hot and humid so take sun screen, hat, water bottle and bug spray.

Climbed to 2nd level as 3and 4th closed for Covid.

Interesting to see Guatemala from top.

Saw one Armed guard hidden in the brush making sure all safe.

Highly recommend.
Written August 15, 2021
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