Xunantunich Day Trip From Belize City

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Belize City, Belize City, Belize District
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We also pick up from San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi and Ocean Ferry for guests coming from San Pedro or Caye Caulker. We.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Take a guided tour of the archaeological site of Xunantunich, a Mayan gemstone hidden deep in the rainforest. Learn about the history of the site and climb the famous El Castillo temple.

Highlights

Close encounter with wildlife

Choice of several departures throughout the day

Know More about this tour

Some 80 miles (130km) on paved highway east of Belize city, among the northern foothills of the Maya Mountain Range, is one of the fabled kingdoms of the ancient Maya, called Xunantunich (Shoo-nan-too-niche), meaning Maiden of the Rock.

Leaving Belize city behind, you'll enjoy a scenic drive aboard your air-conditioned tour van. Roll along the Western Highway through the coastal plain of Belize and through the hilly countryside. Ride past the new capital city of Belmopan, along Creole and Meztiso Villages and pass the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout with their beautifully kept farmlands. Then, drive through San Ignacio and Santa Elena and across the Macal River to the southern banks of the Mopan River. Cross over the Mopan River by ferry and head to Xunantunich, a Mayan gemstone hidden in the Belizean rainforest.

Then, enjoy a guided tour of the site and wander across grassy plazas. Marvel at the perfect architecture of El Castillo, one of the three largest Maya Temples of Belize, and the largest structure on this site, standing 130 feet (40 meters) above plaza level. Its reconstructed East and West friezes represent Gods of the Maya and boast several inner chambers.

Move through other temples and courtyards where kings, queens and their elite once carried out special ceremonies honoring a pantheon of gods of a fantastic cosmological religion which reigned supreme in Mesoamerica for several thousands of years. There is an excellent display at the center of the site, and you'll have a chance to climb the stairway to heaven on El Castillo. From the top, you'll enjoy panoramic views for as far as the eye can see. You'll truly be at the top of the Mayan world!

Inclusions

Local guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

Entry/Admission - Xunantunich

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Children must be accompanied by an adult

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

  • 01-Nov-2019

    It was an educational private tour, thanks to the guide Melanie. I learned a lot about not just Xunatunich, but also Belize culture and information. The tour was private, me and another 2 persons, so there were no waiting on bus, time to pick up/drop off people stuff. On top of that, it was a slow season so there was no crowd at all. Melanie brought us to the zoo after that, which was an extra (for $40 with our consent), and that was an interesting zoo to check out too. I strongly recommend this if you don't like crowd or going with a bigger group.

  • 07-Aug-2019

    It was a pleasure to tour with Kadeem. He made the tour a fun trip and went beyond ways to help out with things. Thanks Kadeem. You are one helluva guy!
    Highly recommended.

  • 15-Jan-2018

    Leonardo and Roberto showed us a great time at the archeological site! Knowledgeable, personable guides!! We learned a lot and had a great time! The place that we had lunch was GREAT!!! Thank you so much.