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The ruins of Xunantunich (the “Xu” is pronounced like “shoe”) is one of Belize's most popular Maya sites.

Located almost on the Guatemalan border and accessible via a short ferry ride across the Mopan River. Xunantunich features a 130-foot high temple overlooking the river and Guatemala to the west. The site was a Maya civic ceremonial center in the Late and Terminal Classic periods in the Belize valley region. Xunantunich, in the Maya language, means “Sculpture of Lady ''.


A trip to Xunantunich is an experience to savor. Imagine the lives Mayans led, the crowd cheering on the ball court, the families running around, and leaders preparing for conquests to come in this ancient Mayan site.


This is also an easy day trip if you're staying in San Pedro or a short drive from The Drift Inn, in Santa Elena.

If starting from San Pedro or Caye Caulker - water taxi at around 7 am.
Trips starting from San Ignacio / Santa Elena can start at anytime 8 am - 2 pm. Hotel pick-up. Trip takes 4 hours.

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