"El Castillo", which has been partially excavated and explored, was the tallest man-made structure in all of Belize until the discovery of "Canaa" at Caracol ...
Xunantunich - Maya Ruin in Belize
Xunantunich is located across from San Jose Succotz, a few miles from Belize's western border. The largest pyramid, El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers an unparalleled view of the Cayo District and nearby Guatemala
El Castillo is known for its impressive frieze, a banded stucco decoration which at one time extended around the entire pyramid. An Impressive museum displays a three-dimensional model of the entire Xunantunich site, as well as depicting the evolution of Maya civilization.
The way to the site begins when you board a hand-cranked ferry in the Maya village of San Jose Succotz. The 4 vehicle ferry take you across the Mopan River. From there, it's one uphill mile to the site. Besides motor vehicle, Xunantunich can also be reached on Horseback or by Hiking from duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, which takes you along canopied jungle trails, lush fields and the picturesque Cayo countryside.
After your tour of the site head on over to Benny's restaurant for a lunch of typical local fare. If you arrived on horseback from duPlooy's, mount up for the ride home or choose to be picked-up and return by vehicle in-time for swimming and other on-site activities.
You can also combine a visit to San Ignacio Town and Cahal Pech or El Pilar, two other Maya sites, with Xunantunich or any of our other half-day activities, while staying in Cayo District.