Xunantunich Belize, one of the most visited Mayan archaeological site in Belize. Also, the most visited in the San Ignacio. The meaning of the Mayan word “Xunantunich” translates to “stone woman”. Discovered in the 1800’s by a British doctor, Dr. Thomas Gann. Presently, the major attraction of Xunantunich would be it’s 131 foot tall structure, known as “El Castillo”. It’s located in the quiet village of San Jose Succotz, across the Mopan river running from Guatemala. The Mopan river known for its rapids and explored from Kayaks and inner tube by visitors seeking adrenaline experiences.
Taking a Tour of Xunantunich
Getting to Xunantunich from San Ignacio would be fairly easy for almost any visitor. From down town San Ignacio your guide may head west up the street beside the police station. From here you will encounter a round about. Then you’ll keep going west for the next 8 miles. You’ll know you’re almost there when you start to see the Mopan river. Next you’ll come upon a hand cranked ferry. At the ferry you’ll exit the vehicle and get onto the ferry by foot to get across the river. After getting a cross you’ll hop back into the vehicle for the one mile drive up to the national park, parking lot. At the parking lot you’ll be able to use the restroom if there’s any need before starting your exploration. The tour starts at the visitors center then you’ll be walking up about 150 yards before sighting the Mayan temples.
Then as your local tour guide be giving the history and details of the archaeological site you’ll be climbing each temple. The view from Xunantunich tallest structure A6 you’ll experience a superb scene. What you’ll be seeing from there will be our lush tropical rainforest along with the town of Benque Vejo and the western border of Belize to Guatemala. After all the excitement guest will be having lunch before heading back to their hotels. Xunantunich can be combined with many other tours like Cave Tubing, Iguana Farm, Kayaking, and Cahal Pech.
Horseback Riding to Xunantunich
Of course horseback riding to the Mayan temples would be possible. Get a jungle horseback ride to this magnificent Mayan site. Guest would be driven the stables and from here you’ll be mounting and riding through our tropical rainforest to the site. As per going by car, you’ll unmounted at the ferry before crossing. It’s a beautiful ride with possibilities of wildlife such as exotic birds, foxes, and Iguana’s. The ride takes you along the bank of the Mopan river just before getting to the ferry crossing. Ask us more about combining horseback riding with the Xunantunich Belize tour.