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Xunantunich Day Trip from Belize City

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    What to Expect
    Prepare for morning pickup at your Belize City hotel and travel west in an air-conditioned van away from the shore and into the country’s lush green interior. Enjoy the changing views as you pass through coastal plains, traditional Creole villages, Mennonite farmland, the new capital of Belmopan, and the towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. Finally, cross the scenic Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry to ascend to the hilltop archaeological site of Xunantunich.

    Learn about the history of this ancient Mayan city, which once served as an important spiritual and trading center of Mesoamerica and is home to one of the tallest ceremonial pyramids in Belize, the imposing El Castillo. Climb a series of stone staircases and through inner chambers to reach the top of the 130-foot (40-meter) temple, where you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding rainforest and into the nearby Guatemalan border. Keep an eye out for residents black howler monkeys swinging in the trees below.

    Explore other components of the site including the ruins of royal palaces, a recreational ball court, a marketplace, and ceremonial bathhouses, and visit the on-site museum to see excavated artifacts like hand-carved stone friezes of Mayan gods. After letting your imagination run wild through thousands of years of human history, return to the van and relax on the ride back along the Western Highway to Belize City.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    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 also pick up from all AirBnB locations around Belize City.


    • Belize City Municipal Airport, Belize City Belize
    • Philip S.W. Goldson Intl Airport, Belize City Belize
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entry/Admission - Xunantunich
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • 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
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    We had a great excursion! It was about a 2 hour bus ride but well worth it. Our guides were very knowledgeable and shared much about Belize and the amazing Mayan Ruins. The ruins are absolutely breathtaking and don’t pass up the opportunity to climb...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank t3xasgal
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Leonardo Diaz was our guide. It was just myself and my girlfriend and let me tell you...he absolutely made the entire day and tour AMAZING! Xunantunich itself is a tremendous Mayan ruin site, but its useless without someone not only knowing what they're talking about,...More

    Thank G G
    Reviewed 18 March 2019

    All I can say is that we were one lucky bunch to have Leonardo Diaz as our tour guide around the mayan ruin of Xunantunich. Not only is his mom full blood Mayan, he knew every inch of that temple and was able to share...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank Sharastudio
    Reviewed 18 March 2019 via mobile

    Our tour guide Leonardo Diaz treated us like family and made sure we were having a good time. He is very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture. He can even teach you some words in Mayan if you’d like. He said this is favorite tour to...More

    Thank 685ashlynnb
    Reviewed 18 March 2019

    Our guide was Leonardo Diaz and my family and I couldn't be more happy with the experience he gave us. He was so kind and ever so knowledgeable. It was great to talk to him, especially because he could inform you about anything. He made...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank Bryndal B
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    31 January 2019|
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    Response from BelizeFunTours | Property representative |
    As you say fat boy im thinking of Gustavo. Hes a great guide. Truly experienced and knows natural history, site history and culture. You cant go wrong with him
    19 January 2019|
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    Response from BelizeFunTours | Property representative |
    Melanie is the supervisor for Belize Fun Tours and a senior guide with the company. Her strongest forte are Maya Temples, History and Culture.
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