Pronounced in various ways, Xunantunich in the Mayan language means “Sculpture of Lady” or “Stone Lady” from the Mopan term “Xunan” (noble lady) and Yucatec term “Tuunich” (sculpturing stone).
El Castillo is the name given to the 40 metre high pyramid that dominates Xunantunich , and unlike its namesake at Chichen Itza, you ‘re free to climb all over it.
Xunantunich is located inland, about a 2-3 hour drive away from Belize City. To get there by bus, catch a bus toward Benque Viejo del Carmen at the main terminal. Tell the conductor that you are heading here, and they will drop you off for $1Bz.
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8 Best Mayan Ruins in Belize Caracol. Caracol. Tucked inside the Chiquibul Forest is one of the most important Mayan ruins in Belize: Caracol. Lamanai. Lamanai. Altun Ha . Aerial view of Altun Ha . Xunantunich. El Castillo, Xunantunich. Cahal Pech. Cahal Pech. Lubaantun. Lubaantun. El Pilar. Mayan ruins at El Pilar. Cerros. Seaside Mayan ruins at Cerros.
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Yes and no. You can climb a variety of the structures, but some have no access. The temples you can climb include: Tikal Temple IV (which was the tallest pyramid in the Mayan world).
I think what makes San Ignacio a good place to stay is that it’s a nice small town, it has lots of accommodation for any budget and has a few tour operators where you can arrange the cave trips, ziplining, Mayan site tours, etc. A mayan site is about 200 m from the lodge and well worth visiting .
” Caracol ” is a modern name from Spanish: caracol , “snail, shell”, but more generally meaning spiral or volute-shaped— apparently on account of the winding access road that led to the site.
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