What to Bring Along
- Good hiking shoes
- Bug spray
- Intensity: Easy-Moderate
Xunantunich meaning “maiden of the rock” or “stone woman” in Maya, is situated on the Western Highway across the river from the village of San Jose Succotz. It can be reached by ferry daily between 8 am and 5 pm. This site is less than one mile from some lovely rapids of the Mopan River and provides an impressive view of the entire river valley.
Xunantunich is one of the most popular sites in Belize, as the site has the second tallest man made structure in Belize. The epicenter is composed of six major plazas surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces. The large pyramid, “El Castillo”, is well known for the frieze or band of stucco decoration which at one time extended around the entire temple. El Castillo rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers an impressive panoramic view over the Mopan River valley. Xunantunich had a population 7,000 to 10,000 living within radius of 3 kilometers.