26 Sep You can climb this ruin, but can you pronounce it?
Xunantunich (pronounced Shunantunich) is an Ancient Mayan archaeological ruin in western Belize, about 80 miles (130 km) west of Belize City, in the Cayo District.
What Makes it Great
Xunantunich has a lot of aspects that make it a favorite tourist location in Belize. Located on a hill and overlooking the Mopan site River and Guatemala border, the natural beauty is stunning. Furthermore, you can climb to the top of the tallest temple where the views are unbelievable.
What makes it important
Xunantunich ruin site is said to have been built in the classical period and is located on the top of a natural limestone ridge. The site has twenty-five major temples and palaces separated into six main sections.
Also standing out is the tallest castle called “El Castillo”. This majestic castle is a huge step pyramid which rises to a height of almost 130 meters. With its intricate carvings on the west and east sides, the pyramid is a visual delight for tourists.
Tourists can enjoy breathtaking views of Belize from the roof of “El Castillo” that includes views of the Mountain from Pine Ridge Reserve and some parts of the scenic city of Guatemala.
What Makes it Special
The sights of the carvings, heights of the pyramids Pyramid, and sculpted ruins can impress the most bored family member. Those who would love to learn about Mesoamerican architecture, history, and culture can also find it to be an ideal place.
The ceremonial center of Xunantunich is situated opposite the San Jose Succotz Village and can be visited via ferry or public transport. The site has an impressive Visitors Center that sells souvenirs and refreshments for tourists.
Contact us to see Xunantunich as part of your Belize travel package.