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Xunantunich Day Trip from Belize City

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    Prepare for morning pickup at your Belize City hotel and travel west in an air-conditioned van away from the shore and into the country’s lush green interior. Enjoy the changing views as you pass through coastal plains, traditional Creole villages, Mennonite farmland, the new capital of Belmopan, and the towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. Finally, cross the scenic Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry to ascend to the hilltop archaeological site of Xunantunich.

    Learn about the history of this ancient Mayan city, which once served as an important spiritual and trading center of Mesoamerica and is home to one of the tallest ceremonial pyramids in Belize, the imposing El Castillo. Climb a series of stone staircases and through inner chambers to reach the top of the 130-foot (40-meter) temple, where you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding rainforest and into the nearby Guatemalan border. Keep an eye out for residents black howler monkeys swinging in the trees below.

    Explore other components of the site including the ruins of royal palaces, a recreational ball court, a marketplace, and ceremonial bathhouses, and visit the on-site museum to see excavated artifacts like hand-carved stone friezes of Mayan gods. After letting your imagination run wild through thousands of years of human history, return to the van and relax on the ride back along the Western Highway to Belize City.
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    Reviewed 18 March 2019

    All I can say is that we were one lucky bunch to have Leonardo Diaz as our tour guide around the mayan ruin of Xunantunich. Not only is his mom full blood Mayan, he knew every inch of that temple and was able to share...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    Reviewed 18 March 2019 via mobile

    Our tour guide Leonardo Diaz treated us like family and made sure we were having a good time. He is very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture. He can even teach you some words in Mayan if you’d like. He said this is favorite tour to...More

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    Reviewed 18 March 2019

    Our guide was Leonardo Diaz and my family and I couldn't be more happy with the experience he gave us. He was so kind and ever so knowledgeable. It was great to talk to him, especially because he could inform you about anything. He made...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    Reviewed 18 March 2019

    Simply amazing tour, Leonardo Diaz our guide should be asked for. He had tremendous personal knowledge based on his Mayan ancestry and went out of his way to ensure we were comfortable and answered all of our questions. Outstanding young man and great tour for...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    Reviewed 12 March 2019

    Our original tour, booked via Viatour, was cancelled with no reason given but we were able to book directly with Belize Fun Tours. This turned out to be a private tour with Melanie. The archaeological site was impressive,the zoo interesting if a little run down...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    BelizeFunTours, Guest Relations Manager at Belize Fun Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2019

    Thanks for your review. We are sorry that your tour on Viator was cancelled but were glad to be able to accommodate you and to give you a free upgrade t o private. Im surprised at the Description of the zoo as its well maintained...More

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    dunger99us
    31 January 2019|
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    Response from BelizeFunTours | Property representative |
    As you say fat boy im thinking of Gustavo. Hes a great guide. Truly experienced and knows natural history, site history and culture. You cant go wrong with him
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    19 January 2019|
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    Response from BelizeFunTours | Property representative |
    Melanie is the supervisor for Belize Fun Tours and a senior guide with the company. Her strongest forte are Maya Temples, History and Culture.
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