The Xunantunich Maya Ruins in Belize are the ruins with the most archaeological importance in Belize.
Situated in tropical rainforest, the Temples of Xunantunich are West of Belize City close to the Guatemalan border, in the beautiful Cayo District.
Xunantunich contains one of the tallest Mayan structures found in Belize. El Castillo was built on a grandiose hilltop overlooking the Mopan River. Additionally, the sculptures found at Xunantunich are the most detailed and intricate of those found elsewhere in Belize.
Your journey begins at the port of Belize City where our guides will meet you before heading by air-conditioned vans to the beautiful Cayo District; a Belize District we like to refer to “a Tropical Switzerland”, with rolling green lawns, palm trees, plantations, and mountains.
In Cayo, you will meet the Mopan River where your Xunantunich Mayan exploration begins, by first crossing the river in your van in a Hand-Cranked Ferry.
Passengers have to exit the vans per regulations and stay on the ferry, only the driver is to remain in the van for the short 2-minute crossing.
Undoubtedly the guide will exit the van as well to admire the 5-foot iguanas which inhibit the river banks, sun tanning next to the many horses frolicking on the green riverbank grass.
Xunantunich is an easily accessible excursion, the Temples sit on top of a mountain overlooking Cayo.
The van will take you to the front steps of the Ruins where the incline is minimal. From there your guide will lead you to explore one of the most scenic Temples in Belize, Xunantunich.
The tallest Temple in Belize, one of the tallest structures in Belize, is the Castillo Temple. Standing 135 feet above the ground climbing on top is a treat for the eyes.
From the top of El Castillo, you will be able to see the Guatemalan Peten District, The Maya Mountains, and a grand view of the whole Cayo District of Belize!
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