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Xunantunich

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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
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
$135.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great Experience On All Fronts!
We had a wonderful day with the very friendly, funny and knowledgeable guide Elio! He was courteous, helpful and great about answering all our group's questions. The ruins were beautiful and full of history, and the cave and river tubing an amazing and unique experience!
MichaelPeyton_M, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Belize City

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Awesome tour
Danny_R, Jan 2022
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins from Belize City
Xunantunich was an amazing thing to see! Our tour guide Gareth was wonderful and friendly and very knowledgeable! I would definitely recommend going with Gareth The food was so good too!
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Edgar is the man! (Even in the rain)
Kenneth_G, Jan 2022
Xunantunich & Adventure Horse Ride
We did the horse back riding and xunantunich tour with Edgar. Edgar was so nice and informative, knew everything there was to know about the Belize rain forest and Mayan culture. We started off the day by horse back riding through trails in the jungle. We saw small Mayan ruins, both excavated and not. Edgar then took us to xunantunich which was great. Again he answered our million questions and we ended with lunch. Even in the rain, he went above and beyond to make sure we had a great day!
star-5
A great experience while in Belize!
Sarah_W, Dec 2021
Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins
Carla, Jose, and Ricky were great! Our fam of 3 had a great time! We got to see monkeys and iguanas and learn about the area on our way to Xunantunich. The horses were great, the guides were great, the site was great!
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Great overview what Belize has to offer
Tatiana_N, Dec 2021
Triple Combo!!!!Cave-tubing, Xunantunich and Zip lines
There are a lot to see in Belize. And the tour great opportunity to check out some of them. When in Belize one absolutely had to see Mayan ruins. And the only way to do it is with the great guide which our tour guide Nelson was. Knowledgeable about history and fauna. Caves were amazing and kids loved the zip lining! So great tour!
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A great guided tour
Giorgia_C, Dec 2021
Xunantunich Day Trip from San Ignacio
Great trip, our guide was very knowledgeable, we were picked up and dropped off on time, the site is beautiful. Would definitely recommend!
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Terrific Tour
Gabe_H, Dec 2021
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tour from San Ignacio
The tour was incredibly informational and gave us great insight into the history of the Maya. Our guide, Onil, was very knowledgeable and great at explaining the history. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting San Ignacio.
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Great experience. Our...
Rob_M, Dec 2021
PRIVATE Xunantunich Mayan Ruin & Cave Tubing adventure from Placencia
Great experience. Our guide Percy was very knowledgeable. We visited 2 amazing Mayan sites as well as cave tubing. Would highly recommend!!!!
star-5
Great tour
nadiamckinnis, Nov 2021
Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins
We had a great experience with this tour operator. Our guides were attentive and knowledgeable. Good organization.
star-5
Amazing!
ErikaMOse_O, Nov 2021
Xunantunich Day Trip from San Ignacio
We had a great time with Miguel! He was very knowledgeable about the ruins, and we would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking to do this tour! We had two tours with this company, and both were fantastic.
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Great tour
Sarah_H, Nov 2021
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
We had a fabulous time! We loved everything about our tour. Elio was the best guide. He is super knowledgeable about everything you can think of and he was fun and helpful too! We can’t sing his praises enough.
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Best Tour…with an Awesome Guide!
Kris_F, Nov 2021
Cave Tubing & Xunantunich (Mayan Ruins) From Placencia
First visit to Belize and this was our #1 tour we wanted to take…and we were NOT disappointed! Robin was the BEST tour guide from Truly Wild Belize…so Knowledgable…Friendly…Entertaining…Considerate…the Best Host we could have asked for on our Adventures!
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Ruins Excursion
Dave_G, Sep 2021
Private Xunantunich Mayan Ruin with local Lunch from Belize City
Our guide Percy was great, shared lots of information and suggested other trips. The ruins are a must see and our kids were amazed. We scheduled a city tour with him as well

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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