Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Tour
San Ignacio Tours
Xunantunich Archeological Site Description
Xunantunich is a Classic Period ceremonial center located eight miles west of San Ignacio. At the village of San Jose Succotz, we cross over the Mopan River using a hand-cranked ferry and following the track through the bush, after ten minutes we reach the visitors center and the temples.
The site was discovered in 1881 by Alfred Maloney, later the site was know as Mount Maloney. In 1894 a British Doctor, Thomas Gann, visited the site. In 1905 Teobart Mahler, an explorer and photographer of the museum of Harvard University, visited the site and took extensive pictures of the site at Xunantunich. In 1924 Thomas Gann returned to the site and started excavation works.
The main temple is structure A-6; appropriately named ‘El Castillo’, which reaches 40 meters (130 feet) above plaza level and 180 meters (600 feet) above sea level. El Castillo is the second tallest man-made building Belize and is comprised of three layers in the structure. Archaeologists state that the site at Xunantunich was abandoned sometime between 890 to 900 AD.
Xunantunich Temples can be combine with: Cahal Pech Ruins or Barton Creek Cave Canoe.
Xunantunich Tour Review
My girlfriend and I came to San Ignacio for 3 days and booked tours all 3 days with Pacz, based on a recommendation from the company we booked our driver from the airport with. We started with Tikal on day 1, did the ATM cave on day 2 and Xunantunich and the Barton Creek Cave on day 3. I couldn't imagine experiencing these tours with any other company. These are true professionals."