Xunantunich Mayan Ruin means “Maiden of the Rock” pronounced “Shoe-nan-too-nitch” -Its a tongue tie!
A 2-hour drive from Belize City, Xunantunich Mayan Ruin is located in the District of Cayo. It’s on a ridge above the Mopan River and you can see the Guatemala border.
Xunantunich is an impressive, well-excavated, and easily accessible Mayan site, close to San Ignacio. Xunantunich was a thriving Mayan city during the Classic Period, from about A.D. 600 to 900. Getting there is fun, as you board a tiny hand-cranked car-ferry that crosses over the Mopan river to get you to the other side.
There is a local legend that states in the 1800s, a man from the village of San Jose Succotz Belize went hunting near the site and he was surprised by the appearance of a beautiful statuesque Maya maiden, dressed in traditional “huipil” and “pik,”,and dazzling in the rays of the rising sun. He was so frightened he threw his gun aside and ran downhill to the village. Since then locals say the Stone Maiden still appears, so keep your eye open!
ABOUT THE TOUR
Once you arrive you will start out with a 10-minute walk through the rainforest to the famous Rock Stone Pond reservoir. You will be greeted by a knowledgeable guide on Xunantunich. The site is still active and
• Certified Tour Guide
• Cold Bottled Water
• All Admissions and Park Fee’s
• Belizean Lunch
• Stop at Travellers Rum Factory (Upon Request)
• Good walking shoes, expect to climb the ruin
• Hat or something to shade you
• Bug Spray
• Cash or Small bills.