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PRIVATE XUNANTUNICH--THE MAYAN CITY UPON A HILL

Private Tour for up to 2 (Not a per person price) $498 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 (Not a per person price) $518 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 (Not a per person price) $694 USD
Private Tour for up to 8 (Not a per person price) $880 USD
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PRIVATE XUNANTUNICH--THE MAYAN CITY UPON A HILL

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Not only will you see a well-preserved Mayan city, but you'll also see the diverse and stunning landscape of Belize.

On your way to Xunantunich, you'll enjoy beautiful views of Belize city, farm vistas, mangroves, grasslands, pine forests, rain forests, multiple rivers, and the towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. Just before arriving to Xunantunich, you'll ride a hand-cranked ferry that will take you across the Mopan River. Shortly thereafter, you'll arrive to the ancient city on a hill.

Xunantunich, Mayan for "Stone Woman," was once home to 200,000 Mayans at its peak. The city consists of six major plazas with more than 25 temples and palaces. You can climb the long staircase to the top of "El Castillo," the spectacular 130-foot-tall Mayan temple. On a clear day, the views are spectacular and you can even see well past the Guatemalan border. The namesake of this city is derived from the numerous sightings, dating back to 1892, of a woman dressed in white with glowing eyes who ascends the stairs of El Castillo and disappears into a stone wall.

The site has a wealth of well-preserved friezes, altars, and buildings, as well as an interesting museum that displays stelae. Another highlight of this city is the ball court. The ball game was a central part of the Mayan culture. A heavy rubber ball was passed between players only using their hips, elbows, forearms, and buttocks. During some games, the captain of the winning team was decapitated, which was a great honor. Ball courts are also known for their advanced acoustics. While you're there, experiment with sounds to find out if this ball court still has the outstanding acoustics it had centuries ago.

If you're fascinated by history and Mayan culture, this tour will be an unforgettable experience.

  • This tour includes:
  • Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier or your hotel
  • Visit to Xunantunich ruins
  • A scenic drive/tour to and from the ruins
  • Services of an experienced guide
  • An amazing day of discovery!

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Departures (local time)

  • 8:00 AM (6 hrs) Tour time is local Belize time, which may be 1 to 2 hours earlier than your ship.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• We suggest that you wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes, and bring your camera and insect repellent.
• Please note that the scenic ride to Xunantunich is 1.5-2 hours. You will spend approximately 2 hours at Xunantunich.

Restrictions

• Please be aware that the road to Xunantunich is bumpy.
• This tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility. There is a good amount of walking, stair climbing, and uneven terrain.