Recent Searches
Clear
Xunantunich
Xunantunich

Xunantunich

star-5
304 Reviews
Free admission

The Basics

Xunantunich is dominated by the 130-foot-tall (40-meter-tall) El Castillo. At the top, you’ll have a fantastic view across the jungle canopy, the other ruins, and the Guatemalan border. While there, learn about the history of the Maya inhabitants, the excavations, and the environment on the site. Day trips to Xunantunich often combine a visit to the ruins with cave tubing, horseback riding, or other activities.

Show all
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
$135.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great time in Belize
Great guide, tour and cave tubing. Guide was very informative, helpful and kind. I would highly recommend...
Stephen_L, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Belize City

star-5
Awesome afternoon with horses and Mayan history
Annalisa_A, Jul 2021
Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins
We had the best time! The horses were perfect, and the staff was so kind. The guide was also really knowledgeable and was able to tell us so much about Xunantunich. Would definitely go again!
star-5
Amazing!
Allison_M, Jun 2021
Xunantunich Riding tour
We had such a good time riding and exploring Xunantunich with Carla. She loves the history and archeology in the ruin. She even knew one of the archeologists working on an excavation so we got to see the artifacts they were finding. The stables were easy to find if you are driving yourself from Sanognacio.
star-5
Our guide Demas was great
Annette_P, Jul 2021
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tour from San Ignacio
Our guide was amazing and we loved the tour. It went very smooth and we were well informed. We appreciate the experience.
star-5
Great Experience
JessicaV, Jul 2021
Xunantunich and Inland Blue Hole Tour
Our tour guide Wilson was the absolute BEST, he was very knowledgeable and kind. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Belize. He picked us up from Placencia and provided us with information about sites, culture, and cities on the way!
star-5
Would do it again!
Angelique_M, Jul 2021
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tour from San Ignacio
Our guide, O’Neil, knew so much about the site that it was incredible! He truly took us back in time and taught us about the ancient Mayan civilization. He was incredible! A true must if you are in the area!
star-5
Amazing!
Breanna_B, Jun 2021
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
This one one of our favorite tours while visiting the area. It was a perfect set up. Hot and hiking the Mayan ruins followed by cooling down with cave tubing. Our tour guide was Elio and he was amazing! Truly the best there is!
star-5
Great way to experience the Mayan ruins.
Amy_P, Jun 2021
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio
We traveled to Belize as soon as they opened for tourists in June 2021. Perfect travel weather and terrific adventure activities with few other travelers. Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny. The home cooked lunch was great and swimming in the cave was fun.
star-5
Funtime for first timers for horseback riding
Daniel_K, Apr 2021
Xunantunich Riding tour
First time horseback riding and it was a pleasant ride. Guides helpful and made it easy to ride the horses. The ruins were crazy and awe inspiring. Would book with them again.
star-5
Great Insights and Experience
UNA, Apr 2021
Cave Tubing & Xunantunich (Mayan Ruins) From Placencia
Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the history and was very accommodating to our needs on the tour. True caretaker. Very informative. The Mayan ruins were great to see and the tubing was adventurous. Was well fed at Hodes in San Ignacio!
star-5
Great day with Truly Wild Belize
Robert_W, Jan 2021
Cave Tubing & Xunantunich (Mayan Ruins) From Placencia
I had a great time on this excursion! Mayan ruins at xunantunich were truly incredible. Just as amazing was cahal pech ruins. Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Israel was an exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly and professional guide that I would definitely request again. Truly Wild Belize tours does it right!
star-5
Excellent 10 1/2 hour tour
Art_C, Mar 2020
Xunantunich, Cave Tubing & Ziplining from Caye Caulker
My wife and I wanted a tour to see a few of the attractions in Belize. This tour fit the bill nicely. It was a full day tour (101/2 hours) and gave us a good overview of the Mayan civilizations in Belize, a look at the jungle while zip lining over it and a relaxing float on an underground river. We were the only two on the tour and were well looked after and informed by our guide Pau who was extremely knowledgeable, and considerate. All in all it was a well spent day.
star-5
Best day trip!
Kaitlyn, Feb 2020
Xunantunich Mayan Ruin And Cave Tubing from Belize city
Highly recommend! Positive experience, enjoyed everything about it :) Paul could not have done more of us, made us feel safe and right at home!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Xunantunich is fully excavated, and visitors are allowed to climb all the buildings on the site.

  • Look out for howler monkeys in the surrounding trees.

Show all

How to Get There

As Xunantunich usually closes around 4pm, get an early start on your roughly 3-hour trip from Belize City. The easiest way to get there on your own is by bus—which makes requested stops only, so inform your driver where you’re headed. Next, ride the free ferry across the river, then walk about a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the site. Buses sometimes run from San Ignacio, too. Alternatively, opt for a tour that provides transport.

Show all


When to Get There

If you’re traveling on your own, go to Xunantunich early to beat the tour buses—and the afternoon heat. Late November to mid-April (the dry season) is considered the best time to visit Belize.

Show all

Cahal Pech

Although not as popular as Xunantunich, Cahal Pech is worth a stop, especially if you’re into bird watching. The archaeological site is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Xunantunich, and visits are typically combined with activities like canoeing. Certain tours take in both Cahal Pech and Xunantunich on the same day.

Show all