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Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tour

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Family Friendly
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Ideal for people of all ages
Mayan Ruins
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Guided tour to Xunantunich
Cruise Friendly
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Cruise port pick-up & drop-off
Belize From East to West
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From the Caribbean coast into the mountains near Guatamala


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 to 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 breathtaking 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.

### Looking for more? Mayan Ruins + River Cruise Check out this tour from Belize City which blends a trip to the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins Belize along with a wildlife viewing cruise up the river where you can spot crocodiles, birds, and even manatees!

Or see other Mayan Ruins tours in Belize.

What's Included

Tour Guide
Bottled Water
Entry to Xunantunich
Round-trip Transportation
Optional gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the drive from Belize City to Xunantunich Mayan ruins?
It takes about two hours to drive southwest towards Xunantunich, which is just beyond the town of San Ignacio, near the Guatamala and Belize border.
What should I bring on the tour?
For this tour, shoes with good traction are important, especially if you’re planning to climb El Castillo. Bug spray and sunblock are also a must.
What is included in the tour?
The Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tour includes transportation, a tour guide, entrance to the site, lunch, and taxes.
Can we climb up on the ruins at Xunantunich?
Yes, for the time being. It is a privilege and memorable experience to be able to climb up 130 feet to the top of El Castillo and the surrounding ruins at Xunantunich.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 5 years old • Maximum Age: 100 years old
Your tour costs are refundable if canceled 24 hours before the tour departure. If booking using the Book Now, Pay Later option, the 5% deposit is non-refundable under all circumstances.

Quick Facts

Belize City

3h 30min

Person Rate

Itinerary • 3h 30min • 5 activities

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Meet your guides and get ready to begin your adventure.

15 minutes
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Enjoy rich history and beautiful scenery as you drive through the countryside and into the mountains

2 hours
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A hand cranked river ferry crossing is a blast to the past as you near the ruins.

10 minutes
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Walk, climb and discover the ancient ruins. You'll have incredible photos, learn history and get some exercise too!

1 hour 30 minutes
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Enjoy lunch at a great local restaurant in San Ignacio before returning to Belize City.

2 hours 30 minutes