1. Xunantunich was likely founded around 600 AD, during the Early Classic period of Maya civilization.

  2. The site was originally known as “Stone Woman,” a reference to the legend of the “Stone Woman” spirit who was said to inhabit the area.

  3. Xunantunich was a major ceremonial center and likely played a significant role in the political and religious life of the ancient Maya.

  4. The site is home to several impressive structures, including several large pyramids and temples. The most famous of these is the “El Castillo” pyramid, which stands over 130 feet tall.

  5. In addition to the pyramids, Xunantunich also has a number of other notable structures, including a ball court, a sweat bath, and several palaces.

  6. Despite its importance, Xunantunich was abandoned sometime around 1000 AD, during the Late Classic period. The reason for this abandonment is not well understood, but it may have been due to a combination of overpopulation, drought, and social unrest.

  7. Xunantunich was rediscovered by modern archaeologists in the late 19th century. Excavations at the site have revealed a wealth of information about the ancient Maya and their way of life.

  8. In addition to the ancient Maya, Xunantunich was also home to a number of other cultures over the years. These include the Mopan Maya, who lived at the site in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the Kekchi Maya, who currently live in the area.

  9. Visitors to Xunantunich can explore the site on their own or take a guided tour. The site is open to the public and there is a small entrance fee.

  10. In addition to its historical significance, Xunantunich is also an important ecotourism destination. The site is inhabited by an array of wildlife from foxes, to howler monkeys to toucans and so much more.