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The Ruins of Xunantunich

Price: $85.00
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Slip on your walking shoes and step back in time with these marvelous Mayan ruins for this tour in Belize. The Xunantunich ruins are a wonderful example of the Classic Mayan period and were abandoned around 900 A.D., presumably due to a large earthquake in the area.

Your tour will begin in Belize with a scenic 90 minute ride from Belize City. Hop on a hand-cranked ferry to cross the Mopan River, then step into the ancient archeological site of Xunantunich. Located on a natural limestone ridge, this site was the first Mayan ruin opened to the public. Wind through 6 plazas and dozens of temples as your knowledgeable guide shares interesting facts about ancient Mayan life.

Xunantunich is the modern name of the area and is Mayan for Stone Woman. Legend has it that the ghost of a woman routinely appears in front of the El Castillo pyramid structure, ascends the steps and literally disappears into a stone wall.

Rising about 130 feet tall, El Castillo is the second highest structure in Belize and dominates the site. Follow in the Stone Woman's steps by taking a short, steep climb to the top and be rewarded with an impressive panoramic view of the Mopan, Macal and Belize River valleys and the nearby Peten District of Guatamala. While at El Castillo take a moment to admire the stucco friezes depicting various gods and the tree of life. Finish your time in Xunantunich relaxing at a local restaurant while you enjoy a traditional Belizean lunch before heading back to Belize City.

Reserve your spot now and get ready to discover the amazing ruins at Xunantunich.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
6 Hours
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Pier. (Full details will be provided with your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
A traditional Belizean lunch and soft drinks are included.
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, and sunglasses.
Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. The El Castillo climb is recommended only to those who can safely navigate the 130 foot structure. Children ages 4 and under may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice at the time of booking. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible.
5 Stars5Based On 4 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsExcellent excursionDecember 23, 2018

Reviewer: Rodney Brown
This was one of the best excursions I have ever attended. My family had the pleasure of spending the day with Chris of Splash Waze Tours as we visited the Ruins of Xunantunich. The trip to the site was approx. 1.5 hours away from the port and Chris utilized this time wisely as he educated us on his country. The drive through the various districts was equally exciting compared to the ruins. To top it off, we have a great lunch before we headed back to the ship. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Belize. You will not be disappointed!

5 Stars2nd ChoiceDecember 12, 2018

Reviewer: Amerling
The trip to Xunantunich was canceled due to rains and mudslides the day before so we went to another set of ruins, which were great and our guide was very informative. We then took a boat ride down the river back to port which was wonderful. It turns out the second choice would have been our first choice.

5 StarsruinsDecember 18, 2017

Reviewer: Cheryl Horvath
We could not go to the original place because of flooding, so the guide brought us to another. The trip was so very enlightening! We traveled across Belize for 70 miles. We had a chance to see the houses and people.Our driver(guide) told us of the local people and customs. He was very knowledgable as he grew up there. He knew the history of the ruins also. The ruins we went to were amazing! Afterwards we were brought to a local restaurant and were served the local dish. Absolutely fantastic experience. I highly recommend it.

5 StarsExcellent Excursion!!December 22, 2016

Reviewer: Belinda Bernal
This tour did not disappoint!! The tour driver's knowledge of Belize and sights was impressive! We rode in comfort, NEW mini-van, small group made it intimate. The ruins were amazing and the driver was so accommodating, anticipated our needs! Did not make us walk more than we had to!! Lunch was superb, excellent example of local cuisine! Would highly recommend this tour to any first time visitors to Belize!!

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