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Xunantunich

Xunantunich

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Free admission

The Basics

Xunantunich is dominated by the 130-foot-tall (40-meter-tall) El Castillo. At the top, you’ll have a fantastic view across the jungle canopy, the other ruins, and the Guatemalan border. While there, learn about the history of the Maya inhabitants, the excavations, and the environment on the site. Day trips to Xunantunich often combine a visit to the ruins with cave tubing, horseback riding, or other activities.

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Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio

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Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
$135.00 per adult
Great way to experience the Mayan ruins.
We traveled to Belize as soon as they opened for tourists in June 2021. Perfect travel weather and terrific adventure activities with few other travelers. Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny. The home cooked lunch was great and swimming in the cave was fun.
Amy_P, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Belize City

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Amazing!
Allison_M, Jun 2021
Xunantunich Riding tour
We had such a good time riding and exploring Xunantunich with Carla. She loves the history and archeology in the ruin. She even knew one of the archeologists working on an excavation so we got to see the artifacts they were finding. The stables were easy to find if you are driving yourself from Sanognacio.
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Great day with Truly Wild Belize
Robert_W, Jan 2021
Cave Tubing & Xunantunich (Mayan Ruins) From Placencia
I had a great time on this excursion! Mayan ruins at xunantunich were truly incredible. Just as amazing was cahal pech ruins. Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Israel was an exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly and professional guide that I would definitely request again. Truly Wild Belize tours does it right!
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Funtime for first timers for horseback riding
Daniel_K, Apr 2021
Xunantunich Riding tour
First time horseback riding and it was a pleasant ride. Guides helpful and made it easy to ride the horses. The ruins were crazy and awe inspiring. Would book with them again.
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Great Insights and Experience
UNA, Apr 2021
Cave Tubing & Xunantunich (Mayan Ruins) From Placencia
Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the history and was very accommodating to our needs on the tour. True caretaker. Very informative. The Mayan ruins were great to see and the tubing was adventurous. Was well fed at Hodes in San Ignacio!
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Excellent tour and incredible guide
Brent_M, Apr 2021
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
Great trip. The ruins and cave tubing were worth the visit for sure. The highlight was Ellio, our guide. Incredibly nice, wry knowledgeable and so accommodating. Would definitely tour with Ellio again and really appreciate how much he took care of us, shared his knowledge and never rushed us. He personalized the trip for us. AMAZING tour guideZ
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My friends and I had a...
Rachel_A, Apr 2021
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
My friends and I had a great experience on this tour. We stayed a good distance outside of San Ignacio in the rainforest and the pickup was no problem. Elio was our tour guide and he was awesome! He made sure to accommodate us for anything we needed along the way. Along with that he was very knowledgeable and made sure we had a great time. I highly recommend this tour.
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Great way to see Xunantunich
elvis, Jan 2021
Xunantunich Riding tour
Excellent tour of Xunantunich with a relaxing ride to and from the famous Mayan ruin. Very friendly and engaging guides and chilled horses and a fun river crossing.
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History, views and wildlife
Jeneva_C, May 2020
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tour from San Ignacio
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Learned a lot and even got to see some spider monkeys. Our guide was great. Very knowledgeable and took lots of photos for us.
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Excellent 10 1/2 hour tour
Art_C, Mar 2020
Xunantunich, Cave Tubing & Ziplining from Caye Caulker
My wife and I wanted a tour to see a few of the attractions in Belize. This tour fit the bill nicely. It was a full day tour (101/2 hours) and gave us a good overview of the Mayan civilizations in Belize, a look at the jungle while zip lining over it and a relaxing float on an underground river. We were the only two on the tour and were well looked after and informed by our guide Pau who was extremely knowledgeable, and considerate. All in all it was a well spent day.
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Best day trip!
Kaitlyn, Feb 2020
Xunantunich Mayan Ruin And Cave Tubing from Belize city
Highly recommend! Positive experience, enjoyed everything about it :) Paul could not have done more of us, made us feel safe and right at home!
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Caye Inland Expeditions
ahardy1115, Feb 2020
Xunantunich Maya Pyramid and Barton Creek Cave canoeing combo
Victor was the best guide we ever had! Such an amazing trip! We even saw a bunch of howler monkeys at the ruins.
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Xunanantich and chocolate
hosenose, Feb 2020
Xunantunich & Food Tour from San Ignacio
Our guide, Jorge, was great! Very knowledgeable, informative and friendly. Would definitely recommend him and the tour to everyone. The chocolate tour was fun also.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Xunantunich is fully excavated, and visitors are allowed to climb all the buildings on the site.

  • Look out for howler monkeys in the surrounding trees.

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How to Get There

As Xunantunich usually closes around 4pm, get an early start on your roughly 3-hour trip from Belize City. The easiest way to get there on your own is by bus—which makes requested stops only, so inform your driver where you’re headed. Next, ride the free ferry across the river, then walk about a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the site. Buses sometimes run from San Ignacio, too. Alternatively, opt for a tour that provides transport.

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When to Get There

If you’re traveling on your own, go to Xunantunich early to beat the tour buses—and the afternoon heat. Late November to mid-April (the dry season) is considered the best time to visit Belize.

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Cahal Pech

Although not as popular as Xunantunich, Cahal Pech is worth a stop, especially if you’re into bird watching. The archaeological site is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Xunantunich, and visits are typically combined with activities like canoeing. Certain tours take in both Cahal Pech and Xunantunich on the same day.

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