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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 tour
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.
Sarah_H, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Belize City

star-5
Awesome afternoon with horses and Mayan history
Annalisa_A, Jul 2021
Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins
We had the best time! The horses were perfect, and the staff was so kind. The guide was also really knowledgeable and was able to tell us so much about Xunantunich. Would definitely go again!
star-5
So much fun!
Jacob_W, Aug 2021
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
We did the Xunantunich tour with Rodolfo and the cave tubing with Carla. The Mayan ruins were amazing and the tour was very informational and interesting. Lunch made by Carla was 10/10 delicious! Cave tubing was relaxing and we also had a chance to get out and explore the cave. Carla is incredibly knowledgeable about cave formations and wildlife. Super fun!
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
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
star-5
Memorable Experience
Kennitha_W, Sep 2021
Xunantunich Riding tour
The tour guide Alio was amazing!!! The entire trip, from pick up to the end exceeded my expectations. He was very knowledgeable, humorous, and patient. The horse experience to the Mayan ruin was breathtaking.
star-5
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.
star-5
A very good experience
Yuliya_M, Aug 2021
Private Xunantunich Mayan Ruins & Inland Blue Hole Tour from Placencia
It was an interesting experience for us. Where both of our guide and the driver were very nice, friendly and very accommodating.
star-5
PUT THIS on your bucket list!!
Ariel_M, Aug 2021
Xunantunich Riding tour
I don't think you're going beat riding on horseback through Belizean valley for 1 hour to Xunatunich and then get a full education tour of the temples and ruins. THIS WAS INCREDIBLE. It even RAINED and it was still a gorgeous and life-changing experience. Emilio was informative, kind, respectful, funny, friendly and all-around efficient during our tour. This is not something you should pass up if you're going to Belize. Please book through this amazing group of people!!
star-5
Awesome day
Lana_R, Aug 2021
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
We had an amazing time! Very interesting tour and lots of fun tubing in the caves after. Our guide Elio was incredible! He went above and beyond for us and made it an unforgettable experience! Thank you!
star-5
A Must-Do Tour!
Giscard_P, Aug 2021
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
Elio was an amazing tour guide! He was extremely knowledgeable, incorporated humor and enthusiasm, and was an all-around joy to be around for the day. He was thoughtful in bringing us ice-cold water bottles for the heat as well as snacks to munch on throughout the day. Not to mention, the home-cooked meal for lunch was honestly the best I had my entire time in Belize! So yummy! I highly recommend this tour; it was the highlight of our trip and I'm so glad we did it.

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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