Suya Tours

Xunantunich Tour


History

XunantunichXunantunich meaning "Maiden of the Rock" was opened in 1954. The history on Xunantunich began in the late 1800s when it was first explored by a British. But nothing was further established until 1924 when many Mayan treasures was found. What can be seen today at many of the local museums is that of a Classic period (300-900) AD Ceremonial center with large plazas and pyramids. The site is composed of six major plazas and surrounded by more than twenty-five temples and palaces.

XunantunichThe most prominent structure located at the south end of the site is the pyramid "El Castillo" (The Castle) which rises 130 feet high above the plaza which was occupied until the 900 AD. "El Castillo" was the tallest man-made structure in all of Belize until the discovery of "Canaa" at Caracol. Over the past 70 years many archaeologists have done many excavations. Overlooking the Mopan River, the Maya Site of Xunantunich is located approximately eight miles west of San Ignacio Town at San Jose Succotz Village in the Cayo District. XunantunichXunantunich is accessible by public transportation, but after crossing the Mopan River by way of a hand-cranked ferry, you must walk about one mile to the entrance of the site. You will be ferried across with their vehicle, thus eliminating the walk. Take a steep, but short, climb to the top of "El Castillo." This vantage point provides a breathtaking, 360 degree, panoramic view over the jungle canopy of the Macal, Mopan and Belize River valleys, as well as a vast area of the Guatemalan Peten District.

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