Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Half-Day Tour from Belize City

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Xunantunich Mayan Ruins are located on a natural limestone ridge approximately 8 miles west Of San Ignacio at San Jose Succotz Village in the Cayo District.this is one of the most popular sites in Belize. One historical attribute not likely to be replaced anytime soon is the mechanical ferry used for years to take people to and from the site. Belize is the Maya Jewel of Central America.

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Stop At: Xunantunich

Enjoy this half-day tour to Xunantunich site which was the first Mayan ruin in Belize to opened to the public when a road and hand cranked ferry bridge were built in 1954 to access the site. Xunantunich is an example of the Classic period of Mayan history, from about 300 A.D. to 900 A.D. The site was largely abandoned by the Mayans about 900 A.D., possibly due to a large earthquake in the region. Most tourists make a point of climbing ''El Castillo'' a 130-foot-high pyramid near the centre of the ruins. El Castillo', which has been partially excavated and explored was the tallest man-made structure in all Belize until the discovery of 'Canaa' at Caracol. The most notable feature on El Castillo is a remarkable stucco frieze on the east side of the A-6 structure. Three carved stelae found at the site are on display in the plaza. From the top of El Castillo you can enjoy a breath-taking panoramic view over the jungle canopy of the Macal.

Duration: 5 hour
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