The Ruins of Xunantunich

Xunantunich Ruins Journey
Price: $85.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 6 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 2 minute walk from the cruise ship tender pier.
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.
Restrictions 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.

The Ruins of Xunantunich

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. The ruins were abandoned around 900 A.D., presumably due to a large earthquake in the area.

Your Xunantunich Mayan Ruins 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.

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  14 ReviewsReview This Tour
February 15, 2020
Just really can not say enough about this experience! A small group (11) which is ideal. The van driver was also our guide. Very interesting, informative and responsive to any and all questions. There is a very steep hill to walk up to get to the complex which could be limiting for some. This particular complex of ruins is truly spectacular! The climb up the largest in the complex could be challenging, but there are different levels at which any climber can call it quits. Not terribly difficult to get all the way to the top for spectacular views. Yes, you CAN see Guatemala and, if you are lucky, can hear howler monkeys in the surrounding forest. Would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Reviewer: C. Shelton
5 Stars
February 01, 2020
Our guide was very knowledgeable and very informative. The ruins were amazing.
Reviewer: John D Flores
5 Stars
Rushed, but worth it
December 29, 2019
We booked this excursion without much regard to getting back to the ship on time. The day before the trip I had serious reservations about going, despite having paid for it. Our driver, Garret, and his assistant Tiffiny were awesome. They made me feel comfortable we would not miss the ship. To do so, it seemed we were not going at or below the speed limit ever. The only vehicle that passed us (both directions) was a chopper driver, apparently in a bigger rush than us. That being said, we had ample time to climb and explore the ruins. We even stopped on the way back for a surprisingly good lunch. Beer not included, but only $2 (on ship it was $7). Belikin was the local beer of choice, and quite good. Garret was very knowledgeable, and answered all questions. He kept the show on schedule in a polite and professional manner. I would recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in history.
Reviewer: rich
5 Stars
Awesome experience
October 28, 2019
We enjoyed our excursion to the Mayan Ruins at Xunantunich. We were fortunate to have a small group on the tour so it really felt personalized. Our guide, Gareth, was very knowledgeable, pleasant and kept us right on time. Everyone in the group liked the lunch that was provided from a local restaurant on our way back. It was truly tasty. The ruins were fascinating and climbing to the top is not for the faint of heart. I highly recommend this tour!
Reviewer: Tracy Williams
5 Stars
Great guide/unforgettable experience
October 14, 2019
We were fortunate to have a small tour group (6 people) and Garreth for our guide. He was quite knowledgeable about all things Belize. He was pleasant and kept us on track for our timeline. The ruins were amazing. If you are in the slightest bit afraid of heights, I can't recommend the climb to the top. If you do go, the view is astounding and I couldn't help imagining the people who built and used it. The lunch we were served was delicious. Garreth had us back to our cruise ship right on time. I can definitely recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Laura Williams
5 Stars
Great Day Trip
March 16, 2019
Made for a wonderful day trip and a great way to see more of the area! Guide was very knowledgeable and lunch was delicious local cuisine! Would definitely recommend
Reviewer: Sara Bond
5 Stars