Belize is famous for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters, but it also has a rich cultural history that’s worth exploring. One of the best ways to experience the history of Belize is by visiting the ancient Maya ruins of Xunantunich, located in western Belize near the Guatemala border.

Xunantunich is a Maya archaeological site that dates back to the classic period of the ancient Maya civilization. The site is named after a ghost that’s said to haunt the area, and the name means “Stone Woman” in the Mayan language. The ruins are situated on a limestone ridge that overlooks the meandering Mopan River, offering visitors breathtaking views of the surrounding jungle.

The highlight of Xunantunich is El Castillo, a massive temple that stands over the rest of the site. The temple is over 130 feet tall, making it the second-largest structure in Belize. Climbing to the top of El Castillo is a must-do for visitors, as it provides a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape.


Aside from El Castillo, Xunantunich boasts other notable structures such as the Ball Court, the Palace, and the Lower Plaza. The Ball Court is an impressive structure where the Maya ball games were played. The Palace is a large complex that once housed the Maya royalty and was used for administrative purposes. The Lower Plaza is a spacious open space used for gatherings and ceremonies.

Located in a nature reserve, the Xunantunich ruins provide visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the intersection of history and nature. The site is home to a variety of wildlife, including howler monkeys, toucans, and iguanas, allowing visitors to witness the harmonious coexistence of history and nature in one of the most breathtaking settings in Belize.

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the ancient Maya civilization. Xunantunich is a remarkable archaeological site that will transport you to another era. Delve into the advanced knowledge of architecture, mathematics, and astronomy that the Maya possessed and left behind as their rich cultural legacy.

Stay at Chan Chich Lodge and make the most of your trip to Belize. The lodge provides an array of activities and services that cater to the needs of every traveler, from jungle cottage accommodations to world-class dining. The lodge’s strategic location provides easy access to the region’s top attractions, including Xunantunich, the ATM Cave, Lamanai, the Belize Barrier Reef, and even Tikal in Guatemala. This allows intrepid travelers to fully immerse themselves in the mesmerizing splendor of the nearby regions and explore the diverse attractions that Belize has to offer.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to discover the magical intersection where the legacy of the ancient Maya civilization meets the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world. The adventure of a lifetime is waiting for you in Belize – book now to make it happen!