Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Xunantunich is a Classic Period ceremonial centre. The site core occupies only 300 square meters but its perimeter covers several square kilometers. Recent investigations by Dr. Richard Leventhal of the University of California, Los Angeles and Dr. Wendy Ashmore from the University of Pennsylvania indicate that the site may be even more extensive than previously thought. In Group A, Structure A-6 (El Castillo) rises 130 feet above plaza level making it one of the tallest buildings in Belize. On this structure there are two temples. The lower temple is famous for its large stucco frieze. A mask with larger ears probably represents the sun god. Next to this mask, there is a moon sign with a border of signs representing Venus.
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins can be combined for a full day tour.
We at Explore Inland Tours will guide you through two Mayan Sites in and near San Ignacio Town, namely Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. Our experienced guide will take your imagination through the Mayan World.
Either of these Mayan site can be combined with Barton Creek Cave Canoeing Tour.
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins
Archaeological records from 1988 to 2002 indicate that Cahal Pech was first settled sometime around 1200 B.C. and abandoned around 800 -900 A.D. The site is particularly important for the information it has provided on the earliest Maya settlers of western Belize. Early cultural remains, for example, suggest that the site’s first inhabitants were relatively sophisticated. They built large circular platforms that were used for ceremonial purposes, they carved many Mesoamerican or Olmec-like symbols on their pottery, imported jade and obsidian from Guatemala, modeled many figurines in the form of female individuals, and produced decorative beads that were made from Conch shells brought from the Caribbean coast.
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech
Tour starts at 9:30 A.M from San Ignacio, there is a 30 min drive to Xunantunich, where, right before we cross the Mopan River on a hand cranked ferry. The guided tour lasts between 1 ½ to 2 hours. After the tour we drive down to the Mayan Village of San Jose succotz (10 min) to a local restaurant where we have a Mayan style lunch. After lunch we drive for 25 minutes to the Mayan site of Cahal Pech where we do a 1 ½ hour guided tour of the Site. Get back at 3:30 p.m.
A review of Mayan Ruins tour from Trip Advisor
My daughter and I took the tour to Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, two important Mayan archaeological sites. XunanTunich is about 12 k from San Ignacio and Cahal Pech is actually in San Ignacio, on a hill overlooking the town. Our guide was awesome. He was from the area and was very knowledgeable about Mayan culture and history as well as the flora and fauna of the area.