Xunantunich Maya Ruins Tour from Belize City

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Belize Tours, Fort Street, Belize City, Belize
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8 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size



English, Espanol

About this tour

Embark on a journey through history and explore the fascinating Xunantunich Maya Ruins, located in the beautiful Western Belize. This full-day tour departs from Belize City and takes you on a captivating adventure through the ancient Maya civilization.

Duration: 8 hours

What to bring:

  • Comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Camera or smartphone for photos
  • Water bottle
  • Passport or ID for border crossing (if applicable)

Xunantunich Maya Ruins, situated in the western part of Belize near the border with Guatemala, offer a unique and unforgettable glimpse into the ancient Maya civilization. This archaeological site, whose name means “Stone Woman” in the Maya language, dates back to the Classic Period (roughly AD 200-900) and was once a thriving ceremonial center.


Xunantunich was first discovered in the late 19th century and has since been extensively excavated and studied. At its peak, the city was an important political, economic, and religious center for the Maya people. The site was abandoned by the 10th century, likely due to a combination of environmental and political factors.

Structures and Artifacts

The most iconic structure at Xunantunich is El Castillo, the second tallest structure in Belize, rising 130 feet (40 meters) above the main plaza. This impressive temple is known for its intricate friezes, which depict various Maya gods, rulers, and ceremonial scenes.

Other notable structures and features at Xunantunich include:

  • Ancient Maya ball court
  • Numerous plazas and residential buildings
  • Stelae, carved stone monuments that provide insights into the site’s history and rulers
  • A unique hand-cranked ferry crossing the Mopan River, which visitors must use to access the site

Discover the majestic Xunantunich Maya Ruins with our experienced guides, and immerse yourself in the rich history and stunning beauty of this ancient site. Book your tour today and create unforgettable memories of your time in Belize.

Guests coming from San Pedro Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker are responsible for water taxi or local flight cost to Belize City.

This tour is also available for cruise ship guests docking in Belize City.


  • Air Conditioned Transfer
  • Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Complementary Lunch
  • Souvenirs/Gifts
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity


We pickup from your hotel, accommodations, AirBnB or homes in Belize City.

A short hour and a half drive west through the rolling foothills of the Maya Mountains brings us to the village of San Jose Succutz where we cross one of the only hand cranked ferries in the country, across the Mopan River to Xunantunich .

Upon arrival at the park, use bathrooms, and its off to tour. guide will provide purified bottled water to keep you hydrated on tour.

At the end of your tour we make our way back to the parking lot re-board the van and make your way to our restaurant where we have lunch. Lunch is local Belizean cuisine of Rice and Beans, stew chicken and coleslaw. From time to time local game meats are available to sample if your brave enough.

After lunch we Re-board our van for your return to Belize city and your tour of the Old Capital of Belize.


Full day (7+ hours)



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Belize Tours, Fort Street, Belize City, Belize


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