Description

Xunantunich

Xunantunich is an Ancient Maya archaeological site in western Belize, about 80 miles (130 km) west of Belize City. The name Xunantunich derives from the Yucatec Maya language and means “Stone Woman”, that refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site, beginning in 1892. She is dressed completely in white, and has fire-red glowing eyes.
The core of Xunantunich occupies about one square mile (2.6 km²), consisting of a series of six plazas surrounded by more than 26 temples and palaces. One of its structures, the pyramid known as “El Castillo,” the second tallest structure in Belize, at some 40 m tall.
Xunantunich has been studied for about 100 years beginning with Thomas Gann in the 1890’s. Archeological excavations have revealed a number of fine stucco facades on some of the ancient temples of this site. Evidence of construction suggests the temple was built in three stages in the 600s AD, 700s AD, and 800s AD. The fine stucco or “frieze” are located on the final stage.

Program:
Departure from Placencia after a healthy breakfast.
Today you will discover one of the most important site of Mayan culture and the Blue Hole (inland).
After 3 hours drive on th eNummingbird road we will reach Xunantunich, before to get in the spot we will experience a hand-cranked ferry which will use to get to the final spot.
Visit of the site for couple of hours with your guide.
Once finish the visit we will go to have a lunch in a typical restaurant.
On the way back to Placencia we will drop by the Blue National Hole to swim and refresh a bit with the clear blue water.
Back to Placencia and to your hotel for dinner.

Level: Easy

What to bring: Water, trekking shoes, short pants, swimwear, insect repellent, camera.

Duration : 7 am to 6 pm