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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

Consider staying in a area within Belize if you plan on visiting Xunantunich, since those visiting this part of Belize will have the benefit of easy access to this historic attraction for the duration of their trip. With a wide selection of places to stay surrounding Xunantunich, vacationers wishing to stay in the region will have multitude of rooms to choose from.

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
Table Rock Jungle Lodge Lodge -- --

Location and What's Nearby

There are a few options to keep vacationers contented in the area surrounding this historical site. The most proximate place to eat is Benny's Kitchen, which has a menu full of Latin American meals. The restaurant is about less than a mile from this landmark, so grab a table and place your order. Tropical Wings Restaurant and Trek Stop Restaurant are some of the additional dining possibilities in the area. At Trek Stop Restaurant you and your companions will be able to eat some eclectic meals and experience the Belize culture.


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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