Belize Xunantunich Tour
The site of Xunantunich, "stone woman", flourished between AD 700 and AD 1000. In its early history, it may have been under the rulership of the Maya site of Naranjo and later gained its independence when the rulership of Naranjo started to weaken. The tallest structure at the site is "El Castillo" and stands at 40 meters. It is adorned with carved stucco friezes containing astronomical symbols as the sun god, the moon and Venus. Four major groups of architecture stand within the main center containing temples, shrines, 2 ball courts, residential areas, altars and carved stelae.
You will be picked up at 8:00 am from your hotel or the Belize Municipal Airport. The tour starts with a two hour drive to the village of San Jose Succotz. When you arrive in Succotz, you will board a hand cranked ferry which will carry you across the Mopan River which flows from Guatemala. After you cross the river, you will take a 5-minute ride to the Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve. Your tour will start at the Xunantunich Museum. After the museum tour, you will take a 10 minute hike to the main plazas. The tour will last about 1.5 hours. After the tour is completed, you will have an opportunity to shop at the gift shops located at the park and adjacent to the village of San Jose Succotz. After shopping is completed, you will have lunch, which will include either local Maya or Belizean dishes. The tour finishes at 4:30 pm at which time you will be returned to your hotel or the Belize Municipal Airport to board your flight back to San Pedro, Ambergris Cay. Tour guide, lunch, water and sodas will be provided. All tours are inclusive of all admission fees and taxes.