For the perfect balance between adventure and history within the Belizean jungle, you can’t look past a Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tour. Climb the 130 foot pyramid of El Castillo while it is still open to the public! This spectacular experience takes you to magnificent ruins, across the Belizean countryside and up into one of Belize's most popular regions for adventure travelers, San Ignacio.
The archeological site is found about 70 miles west of Belize City and makes an easy day trip whether you’re staying in Belize City, the Cayes or visiting for the day by cruise ship. The site dates back to the Classic period of Mayan history, from about 300 A.D. to 900 A.D., and is one of the most popular sites in Belize, thanks to its historical and cultural significance.
Xunantunich was the first Mayan ruin in Belize to open to the public back in 1954. One of the many highlights of a visit is crossing the Mopan River on the Xunantunich hand-cranked river ferry, just like they used back when it opened. There are several ancient structures around the Xunantunich site, but El Castillo Pyramid at Xunantunich in Belize is one of the region’s most well-known structures.
El Castillo has been partially excavated and explored, so if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can attempt to climb the 130-foot-high pyramid. From the top, you can enjoy a breath-taking panoramic view over the jungle canopy and even see past the Guatemala border, which is just 0.6 miles away. Even if you’re not into heights, you’ll still get the most out of a visit. This Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tour includes a knowledgeable guide who will take you to explore the various trails and structures found around the site.
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