Xunantunich, Maiden of the Rock

Xunantunich Belize

Xunantunich has a lot of aspects that makes it a preferred tourist locale in Belize. Xunantunich is located atop a hill and the site overlooks the Mopan River and the Cayo district. This makes the entire site look extremely picturesque and beautiful.

Xunantunich, a large Mayan site with 25 major temples and palaces

Xunantunich site is said to have been built in the Classic period and is situated on top of a natural limestone ridge. The site houses around 25 major temples and palaces and is segregated into six major sections. 
 
Xunantunich is also famous for its castle called the “El Castillo”. The majestic castle is a huge step pyramid which rises to a height of almost one hundred and thirty feet. With its intricate carvings on the west and east sides, the step pyramid is a visual treat for tourists and is a sight that must not be missed during Belize travel.


Enjoying Xunantunich

Tourists can enjoy breathtaking views of Belize from the roof top of the “El Castillo” that includes views of the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve and some parts of Guatemala. 
 
Travelers can have an unforgettable experience when they visit Xunantunich in Belize. The sight of the carvings, Pyramid and the Mayan ruins can impress upon the most cynical visitor also. Those who would love to learn a thing or two about Mesoamerican architecture, history and culture can also find Xunantunich to be an ideal location. 

Getting to Xunantunich in Belize

The ceremonial site of Xunantunich is situated opposite to 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.