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Xunantunich

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The Basics

Xunantunich is dominated by the 130-foot-tall (40-meter-tall) El Castillo. At the top, you’ll have a fantastic view across the jungle canopy, the other ruins, and the Guatemalan border. While there, learn about the history of the Maya inhabitants, the excavations, and the environment on the site. Day trips to Xunantunich often combine a visit to the ruins with cave tubing, horseback riding, or other activities.

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Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
$145.00 per adult
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The highlight of our Belize trip!
I have to say, the tour that Elio gave us went WAY beyond our expectations! He was so knowledgeable about Mayan history, local animals and plants, and led us through an incredible cave tubing (and swimming) adventure. My wife and I agree that the cave tubing was the highlight of our entire Belize trip! Would absolutely recommend this experience to a friend.
Zach_H, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Belize City

star-5
Amazing horseback ride to Xunantunich Ruins!!
Laura_M, Apr 2022
Xunantunich Riding tour
This was an amazing way to get to Xunantunich ruins!! The ride was beautiful and took you thru the countryside and along the the river. At the ruins we saw spider monkeys and iguanas and beautiful views. Our guides were friendly and very knowledgeable on the Maya history of the ruins. I highly recommend this tour!!
star-5
Must do this tour!
Hannah_P, Apr 2022
Xunantunich Mayan Ruin & Cave Tubing Combo from Belize City
Omar was a great tour guide! He went above and beyond showing us the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and guiding us through the cave tubing. He gave us recommendations on where to eat in Belize City and also helped us find an atm to get Belizean dollars. The lunch was a good Belizean traditional meal. The chicken was very moist. Everything was great and I would recommend. Be aware of his very fast driving. It can make you sick if you get motion sickness.
star-5
Well worth it!
Tami_C, Feb 2022
Xunantunich Mayan Ruin And Cave Tubing from Belize city
We had a great guide.! The ride to Xunantunich is worth it. It’s beautiful and a great chance to see and learn about inland Belize and Belizean Culture! Cave tubing was awesome. Stopped and ate at Amigos on the way back - at the suggestion of our guide - and it was also great!
star-5
Great experience
Tyler_M, Aug 2022
Xunantunich, Horseback Riding, and Chocolate-Making Combo Tour from San Ignacio
Rod was awesome and very informative. Every part of this experience was so good and would definitely recommend!
star-5
Ruin countryside tour
amyanncurran, Jul 2022
Private Xunantunich Mayan Ruin with local Lunch from Belize City
Jeff our tour guide was amazing. Great job telling us the history of the country and a little botany lesson. The view from the top of the ruins was beautiful. We stopped at monkey sanctuary on the way back and it was a highlight for the whole family.
star-5
Amazing time
christinaismith, Jun 2022
Xunantunich Riding tour
Ellio and Miguel were the best guides. We loved the horse back riding through the jungle. It was beautiful! The ruins were amazing. Ellio gave our family a private tour of the ruins. We learned so much about the Mayan culture. Thank you for the amazing time and taking good care of us.
star-5
Great tour
Michelle_B, Jun 2022
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
We had a really good time on this tour. Our tour guide Edgar was informative and very conversational. We went as fast or slow as we wanted to go. The tour of Xanantunich was early in the morning, before everyone else got there. We had the whole place to ourselves. We had lunch at a place on our way to the cave. It was good food. The cave tubing adventure was calm and relaxing, just what we needed.
star-5
Unforgettable experience!
Angelica_B, May 2022
Farm Ride plus Xunantunich tour
We had a pleasant ride through the area on horses all the way to the ruins. Sunscreen and bug repellant are a must! We seen so much wildlife, iguanas, howler monkeys, other monkeys, lizards, and birds. The guide was great, full of knowledge and made the trip intresting. Highly recommend
star-5
Book with Elio the tour guide!!!!
Wilson_C, May 2022
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
BEST TOUR EVER!! Our guide, Elio, was incredibly knowledgeable about the rich history of the caves, jungles, and ruins. It was like an all day immersive history lesson mixed with humor and a delicious lunch. Couldn't have asked for more! 1,000/10 stars Thank you Elio!
star-5
Awesome experience
Michelle_W, May 2022
Xunantunich Maya Temple and Big Rock Falls combo
Our guide O’Niel was amazing and very knowledgeable. He brought everything to life. The falls were spectacular nestled away in the jungle. We had a fantastic time and are looking forward to our next tour
star-5
Fantastic!
Allison_P, May 2022
Xunantunich and Inland Blue Hole Tour
This was an amazing tour with an great guide Edgar!! We had a blast with him and the ruins were incredible! Highly recommend
star-5
Great tour!
Laura_M, May 2022
Cave Tubing & Xunantunich (Mayan Ruins) From Placencia
Our tour guide Walter was prompt to pick us up, engaged in conversation, and was highly knowledgeable about history, culture, and agriculture. He quickly learned we were not athletic and accodated the tour to our pace. We had a great time!!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Xunantunich is fully excavated, and visitors are allowed to climb all the buildings on the site.

  • Look out for howler monkeys in the surrounding trees.

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How to Get There

As Xunantunich usually closes around 4pm, get an early start on your roughly 3-hour trip from Belize City. The easiest way to get there on your own is by bus—which makes requested stops only, so inform your driver where you’re headed. Next, ride the free ferry across the river, then walk about a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the site. Buses sometimes run from San Ignacio, too. Alternatively, opt for a tour that provides transport.

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When to Get There

If you’re traveling on your own, go to Xunantunich early to beat the tour buses—and the afternoon heat. Late November to mid-April (the dry season) is considered the best time to visit Belize.

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Cahal Pech

Although not as popular as Xunantunich, Cahal Pech is worth a stop, especially if you’re into bird watching. The archaeological site is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Xunantunich, and visits are typically combined with activities like canoeing. Certain tours take in both Cahal Pech and Xunantunich on the same day.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Xunantunich?
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What else should I know about attractions in Belize City?
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As well as visiting the Xunantunich, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: