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XUNANTUNICH
XUNANTUNICH

The Xunantunich archeological site actually rests atop on one of the highest plateaus in the area which only adds to the incredible views when you venture to the top of "El Castillo", the largest of the temples at this site.

A hand cranked ferry takes passengers and four cars at a time across the Mopan River at the Maya village of Succotz, and then it’s a short trip up the hill to the Temple of the ‘Stone Maiden’, as Xunantunich is known locally.

Within the central square mile of Xunantunich are six plazas with over 26 temples, royal residences and other structures. The main pyramid, El Castillo, at 130 ft (40m) tall, is the second largest man made structure in Belize (after Caracol), and is known for an finely wrought elaborate frieze running along the topmost, or later structures. The view from the top takes you into Guatemala and the Macal River Valley with the Maya Mountains in the distance and is well worth the climb. Don’t forget the camera!