Belize City, Belize
Information Not Currently Available
It's a two-hour motorcoach ride to the famous Mayan archeological site of Xunantunich. The Western Highway leads through small villages, each with its own quaint personality. Your well-informed guide will entertain you with interesting facts along the way.
Leave the coach for a five-minute ferry ride across a small river to access the remote Xunantunich ruins. This site was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period and is composed of six major plazas, surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces. From its natural limestone ridge, the site offers panoramic views of the hilly Cayo District, just two miles from the Guatemala border. The largest temple is the excavated and partially-restored El Castillo, famous for its frieze -- a banded stucco decoration that at one time extended around the entire pyramid. The Interpretive Center at the entrance is not to be missed.
Delve into the Mayan world as you visit the site's three plazas and partially excavated ball court. Fun and games were part of Mayan culture when Xunantunich was built.
At the end of your visit, head to the San Ignacio area for a delicious local lunch and back to the ship with wonderful memories of beautiful Belize and its ancient Mayan history.
There are many steps to climb to reach the tops of the temples. This is optional, and participants can elect not to climb to the top. Minimum age is 3 years.