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Xunantunich is one of the sites of Maya ruins in Belize, and a great choice for a first time ruins visitor, due simply to the fact that unlike most of the other ruins, this property has a visitors center with a small museum.

What to Expect

Inside the Visitor Center at Xunantunich, visitors will encounter a three-dimentional model of Xunantunich and several artifacts found on the grounds. You can also pick up refreshments and souvenirs here.

On the grounds of Xunantunich is the notable El Castillo, a pyramid known for its frieze construction, which is a banded stucco decoration that extends around the entire structure. This is also the tallest pyramid on the property, standing 130 feet above the main plaza.

Staying Close

A welcoming part of Belize is a good option for those wishing to visit Xunantunich, since those staying in this part of Belize will be excited to have convenient access to the historical site for the duration of their trip. There are a lot of hotels surrounding Xunantunich.

Hotels near Xunantunich
Hotel Type Distance Direction
The Trek Stop Lodge 1.5 mi. (11.6 km) S
Mariposa Jungle Lodge Lodge -- --
Benque Resort & Spa Resort -- --
Windy Hill Resort Resort 1.6 mi. (11.7 km) S
Maxim’s Palace Hotel 1.8 mi. (10.9 km) SSE
Nabitunich The Stone Cottages Cottages 2.1 mi. (6.2 km) NE
Wolf's Place Cottages -- --

Location and What's Nearby

Hungry visitors can select from several food and beverage places near Xunantunich. Benny's Kitchen, which serves Latin American dishes, is also the most convenient dining option from this site. The restaurant is just around less than a mile away from this landmark, so check it out and eat up! Tropical Wings Restaurant and Trek Stop Restaurant offer additional restaurant options close to Xunantunich. At Trek Stop Restaurant you and your companions will want to try out eclectic meals and enjoy the Belize scene.


Operating Hours

Xunantunich is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Location: Central Belize, Belize


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