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I certainly wouldn't have considered my first trip to Belize complete without visiting at least one of the Mayan ruins. Xunantunich (shoo-nahn-TOO-nitch) is one of the major Mayan ceremonial sites in Belize. It has about 25 pyramids and temples, as well as a ball field of some sort.

I had read a little about the Mayans in my Spanish classes at school, and seeing this place made all that history come to life a little more, instead of seeming like a fable. Just driving through the jungle to get here was fun - NOT that the roads were in decent condition, hahaha! The guide we hired was invaluable - he had grown up playing among the ruins, and his knowledge added to our enjoyment of this place immensely.

  • Last visit to Xunantunich: Mar 1996
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • TrvlnGrrl's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    Great Pages! Your info and pictures have me looking forward to visiting belize for the first time this summer!

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2005 at 4:43 AM

    Great page! Looking forward to more!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2005 at 3:35 PM

    An excellent page Jane! It is always a good idea to hook up with a local if you can find one!! Great tips on El Castillo and also the importance of preserving all archaeological ruins from plunder!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2005 at 4:59 PM

    Great information on Mayan civilization decorated with amazing pictures!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2005 at 8:43 PM

    Quite fascinating information about Xunantunich. Love the background facts, the wonderful photographs, and the usual excellent writing that you do.

  • Aurorae's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2005 at 2:42 AM

    What an ultra interesting place!!! I'm preparing myself for the great Mayan tour in the years to come, I hope ASAP!!!! Nice page!

  • Jan 28, 2005 at 5:26 AM

    Great location for a hike or canoe trip! great page and awesome pictures!! Cheers!!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2005 at 8:17 PM

    Great page and I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Waxbag's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2005 at 7:38 AM

    This is a very interesting site off the tourist trail. Good info.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2005 at 9:33 AM

    Jane, interesting ruins obviously from your great pictures! Will be in Belize City for 1 day in late March--any tips for wildlife sighting?


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