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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 nice area within Belize is a good option for those wishing to visit Xunantunich, since visitors to this part of Belize will have easy site access during their visit. With a sweeping selection of lodgings in the vicinity of Xunantunich, travelers visiting the area will have plenty 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

Hungry visitors will find a handful culinary options in the vicinity of this historical site. The closest eatery is Benny's Kitchen, which offers Latin American meals. The dining establishment is a small ways off, but far enough that you may decide to aim for having a type of transportation to travel there. Tropical Wings Restaurant and Trek Stop Restaurant are some more food and drink options near Xunantunich. At Trek Stop Restaurant you and your companions may try out eclectic fare and experience the culture of Belize.


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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