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Xunantunich Day Trip from San Ignacio

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San Ignacio, Belize
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Step back in time to the powerful peak of the ancient Mayan civilization with this guided 3-hour tour of the Xunantunich ruins. Let your imagination run wild as you explore the temples, plazas, and royal palaces of the famed archaeological site by foot. From the top of the imposing El Castillo pyramid, take in panoramic views of the surrounding Belize River Valley and the ancient city below. Round-trip transport from your San Ignacio hotel is included.
  • Tour the archeological ruins of Xunantunich with a knowledgeable guide
  • Visit six plazas and dozens of temples as you learn about the Maya
  • Climb El Castillo pyramid and enjoy exceptional views from the summit
  • Round-trip hotel transport by comfortable coach included
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Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off from within San Ignacio Town limits
Gratuities
Hotel pick up and Drop off outside San Ignacio Town limits

Departure Point

6 Far W St, San Ignacio, Belize

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Discover the fascinating history of Xunantunich, the ancient Mayan city that once was home to a population of up to 10,000 people. Get picked up at your San Ignacio hotel for the 15-minute drive to the site entrance. There your tour vehicle will be transported across the mellow Mopan River on a traditional hand-cranked ferry. Be on the lookout for iguanas and bats that make their home on the riverbank.

Once inside the site, you'll be shuttled up to the excavated city, which was strategically built atop a plateau for defensive views of the surrounding valley. Stop at the visitor center for a brief overview of Xunantunich. Over the next two hours, you'll explore the archaeological site by foot, learning about the daily life and ceremonial practices of its inhabitants. 

The ruins exhibit the complex social structure of the Mayans, with residential palaces, civic structures, and a ball court, all organized around a series of plazas. Impossible to miss is the impressive El Castillo temple that rises 130 feet (40 meters) above the central plaza. Towering over the treetops of the surrounding jungle, it is one of the tallest buildings in all of Belize. Climb up a series of stone staircases and through hollow chambers to the top of the temple for stunning 360-degree views of the Belize River Valley. You can even see into neighboring Guatemala. Plus the call of resident birds and howler monkeys provides an exotic soundtrack to your exploration. 

After touring the ruins, rest your feet and relax over a traditional Belizean lunch at a local restaurant. You will then be dropped off back at your San Ignacio hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Xunantunich
Travel back in time and experience what life was like in the city of Xunantunich, one of Belize’s most popular Mayan sites. This tour from San Ignacio takes you to San Jose Succotz, a Maya-Mestizo village located close to the Western Border and delivers you on an old-fashioned, hand-cranked ferryboat to the magnificent ruins deep in the Belizean rainforest. Admire astronomical carvings at El Castillo (The Castle) and sweeping views of the Belize River Valley and neighboring Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala once you’ve climbed the steep pyramid steps to the top! Hotel pickup and drop-off within San Ignacio Town are included.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended you wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Please note: a minimum of 2 passengers is required in order for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Belize Family Adventure

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "I recommend this for individuals or groups that want to understand centuries old Mayan culture in Belize but don't want to go on the extensive hike experienced at location as Tikal." See review

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Great time
mjennywporter
, Feb 2020
Tour guide was friendly and very informative. He seemed as interested in history as we are and happy to be there. After the tour he gaves us drinks and snacks and allowed us to stop by a road side shop. Ruins were breath taking. Loved the expirience!
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A Great Opportunity
Ruth A
, Jan 2020
This was a great opportunity for us to learn about Mayan culture within Belize. The guide formerly worked at the site and he was very knowledgeable about the archaeology of the site. The structures were not as high as Tikal and it was more compact. I recommend this for individuals or groups that want to understand centuries old Mayan culture in Belize but don't want to go on the extensive hike experienced at location as Tikal. There are also accessibility paths to scaling the structures.
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