Belize City, Belize
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Approximately 7 Hours
Today you’ll take a journey back in time to Mayan Xunantunich, an awe-inspiring Maya archaeological site near San Ignacio, Belize. As one of the most popular archaeological sites in Brazil, it beckons visitors from all over the world with its towering pyramids, hieroglyphics, and rich history.
Your tour starts the minute you board an air-conditioned coach for a two-hour ride to Xunantunich. Your well-informed guide will captivate you with interesting facts as you make your way out of the city onto the Western Highway, passing quaint villages that each have their own unique personality.
The larger towns of Santa Elana and San Ignacio tell that you are close to the site. Disembark your coach for a five-minute ride on a hand-cranked ferry ride across a small river to access the remote ruins. This will add to the sense of adventure and exploration.
Xunantunich was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period and is composed of six major plazas, surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces. Located on a natural limestone ridge, the site provides panoramic views of the hilly Cayo District and is situated just two miles from the Guatemala border. The largest pyramid is El Castillo, which has been excavated and partially restored. This temple is famous for its frieze – a banded stucco decoration that at one time extended around the entire pyramid.
The Interpretive Center is found at the entrance to the site and is one of the major attractions. Delve into the Mayan world as you visit three plazas and a partially-excavated ball court.
At the end of your visit, return to the San Ignacio area for delicious local lunch before heading back to Belize City with a wonderful impression of Mayan history.
Please Note: Minimum age is 3 years. Wear comfortable walking shoes.