The Mayan ceremonial centre of Xunantunich, meaning ‘stone woman’, is spectacularly perched on a natural limestone ridge, providing a panoramic view of the hilly Cayo district.  Situated just 2 miles from the Guatemalan border, the site has been at the centre of archaeological interest for over 100 years.  After a coach drive you’ll reach the site via a short ferry journey across the Mopan River.

The largest temple on the site, El Castillo, which is excavated and partially restored, is fascinating due to the band of stucco decoration which at one time extended around the whole temple.  Three of the carved stelae found on the site are exhibited for you to see, as well as 3 plazas and a partially excavated ball court.  A museum has been built on site at the entrance of the centre, providing an introductory history and display of the ruins.

After your visit, enjoy a traditional local lunch in San Ignacio, followed by some time for shopping before returning to Belize City.

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