Xunantunich Maya Ruin from San Pedro

Xunantunich Maya Ruin


7 Hours

Tour Type

Mayan Ruins

Group Size

15 persons


Ambergris Caye


Explore Xunantunich Maya Ruin from San Pedro

Belize, a lush jungle-filled gem of Central America, is a treasure trove of history and culture, with a legacy richly steeped in the remnants of the ancient Mayan civilization. A trip to Belize is incomplete without exploring the ruins of Xunantunich, one of Belize's largest Mayan sites, teeming with stories of the past. Starting our journey from the vibrant town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, we will embark on an epic tour through Belize City, San Ignacio, and beyond to explore the ancient archaeological site of Xunantunich.

Getting to Xunantunich from San Pedro

Our Mayan ruin tour commences in San Pedro. Catch a water taxi back to Belize City, and from there, private transport will whisk you away on a picturesque journey toward the Cayo District. Your heart will stir with excitement as the urban landscapes gradually give way to the exotic rainforest of Belize.

As you approach San Ignacio Town, you'll cross the Mopan River from the village of San Jose Succotz by a quaint, hand-cranked ferry. This ferry, part of the Western Highway across the river, will take you to the base of the Xunantunich archaeological site. The sight of the lush jungle covering the ancient city is a breathtaking spectacle you'll remember forever.

The Majestic Xunantunich Maya Ruins

Xunantunich, meaning "maiden of the rock" or "stone woman," is a testament to the grandeur of the ancient Maya. As you enter the ruins, exploring the ancient city partially excavated from the encroaching rainforest is an incredible thrill.

The centerpiece of the Xunantunich Maya ruin is the towering "El Castillo," the second tallest Mayan pyramid in Belize. This Classic Period ceremonial center rises 130 feet above the plaza and offers an impressive view of the surrounding rainforest and the border with Guatemala.

Don't miss the opportunity to climb to the top of El Castillo, which, as the tallest structure at the site, provides a panoramic view of the Cayo District and nearby Guatemala. The intricate carvings of this limestone structure depicting ancient Mayan gods and rituals are a sight to behold.

The Rich History and Fascinating Culture

Belize's Xunantunich Mayan ruins stand as a monument to the ancient Mayan civilization. A guided tour of this site reveals a fascinating history that stretches back to the Classic Period. The ruins and relics found on-site, such as jade, reflect the Mayans' deep spiritual beliefs and daily life.

More Than Just Ruins

After your in-depth exploration of the Xunantunich ruins, you can unwind with a picnic lunch amidst the ruins or go cave tubing in the nearby limestone caves. Be sure to take the opportunity to observe the abundant flora and fauna. You might spot a monkey swinging through the trees if you're lucky!

Back to San Pedro

After a full day immersed in the ancient Mayan world, you'll return to San Pedro. The ferry will take you across the river, back through the bustling San Ignacio Town, and onto Belize City, where you can catch a water taxi back to San Pedro.



Entrance Fee Lunch Private Guide Transportation Water, Soda and Juices

Travel Styles

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