Xunantunich in Belize is near San Ignacio. The city of Xunantunich in Belize was a ceremonial center and was inhabited to 900 n.c. Most likely, the city of Xunantunich was abandoned in Belize after it was hit by an earthquake. The most prominent structure in Xunantunich is El Castillo, a pyramid with a height of more than 40 meters. From El Castillo a piece of strip with symbols has been restored to give the visitor an idea of what it originally looked like. On this is the sun god, surrounded by astronomical and mythological symbols.
You come to Xunantunich by taking the bus from San Ignacio to Benque Viejo and getting off at the Mayan village of San Jose Succotz. There is a free ferry that takes you to the other side of the Mopan River. Then it is another fifteen minutes walk to Xunantunich. The site Xunantunich is open daily from 8.00 - 16.00. You can also take a taxi from San Ignacio to Xunantunich. Most taxi instructors give you 1 hour of visiting time, which is not enough. Ask the price if you are back later. If you want to enjoy the beautiful surroundings on top of the top of El Castillo, you will have not enough with 1 hour.
Pictures Maya ruins in Belize and Guatemala
Below are the pictures of the Maya ruins Altun Ha is a 1-hour drive away from Belize City. From San Ignacio are the following Maya ruins within reach: Cahal Pech located in San Ignacio itself, Caracol with its main pyramid Caana on a 2 hour drive through the jungle and Xunantunich with its famous temple El Castillo a 30-minute drive away. From Flores in Guatemala Tikal takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.