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Xunantunich
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Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Private Combo Tour
Ranked #2 of 75 things to do in Cayo
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Very large and tall Mayan ruin. We hiked to the top and great view. Definitely wont be disappointed! And only $5 to enter. Love this place. We bought some handcrafts near the entranc and enjoyed the hand cranked bridge experience. Ate at that kitchen nearby. It was ok. Not bad nor great. Cold beer.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

This was our first trip to Belize - 2 adults and 2 college-aged chihldren. We stayed on Ambergris Caye and took a day trip to the mainland specifically to see this Mayan site and to go Cave Tubing at Nohoch Che'en/Caves Branch. These are both fabulous and unique sites that you won't want to miss on your visit to Belize. There are many tour companies that will combine these into a one-day trip (or combine with other activities like zip-lining, if you prefer).
We selected these 2 because they are unique to Belize - and we weren't disappointed. Xunatunich is amazing - well-kept and beautiful gronds, with a nice/small museum/visitor center. You can walk all around - and even see into Guatamela and for miles in all directions from the top of El Castillo. There's a lot of climbing on steep stairs - so those with trouble climbing may have a little challenge - but there's plenty to seen without climbing, too. It's a 5-minute walk up the hill to the site, but not too bad. Well worth it!
Several tour companies go to this site. Unfortunately, we were not satisfied with the one we chose - Belize JungleTrek - so I can't recommend them (I have posted a separate review on them). But pick one of the others and be sure to see Xunatunich while you're in Belize!

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Located only a short distance between San Ignacio and Guatamalan border in Succotz, this site is accessed by crossing the river on a ferry powered by hand crank attendant. Ferry is free and you can walk about 1-2 kilometers to the site or drive. Washrooms and beverages are at the park entrance. Entrance fee if I remember correctly is $15 US. Historical information is well laid out in the tourist center and guides are available. If so inclined, there is a company who will take you to the site by horseback. The stables are located on the highway directly across from the road entrance to DuPlooy`s Botanical Garden. Advisable to bring umbrella (sun or rain), water, camera and good shoes if you decide to climb the ruin. Very scenic view from the top!

Thank JOHNNYREMAX
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Xunantunich is a great Mayan ruin near the Guatemala border close to San Ignacio. We have seen a number of Mayan sites in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico, and we thought that the Xunantunich ruins were well worth the trip. By the way, the trip includes a short, hand-run ferry ride across the local river. The ruins are in a nice forested area, and the tallest ruin El Castillo had a great view from the top. Be warned the steps are very slippery when it rains. It wasn't crowded the day we visited, and we enjoyed the entire experience.

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Walking was not that easy. The hike up the hill to get to the site was moderate, but anyone with leg, hip or breathing issues would have problems. It is about a 1/4-1/2 mile steep uphill walk.

But, the ruins are magnificant and a must see. If you have ever seen a micture in a history book of a common Mayan ruins, that is exactly what these depict. A good bit of remaining pictographs and the ability to climb the large eastern pyramid. Not the safest if you have balance issues, but exhilerating if you are any kind of adventurist.

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