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).
And now, a pronunciation lesson: Xunantunich is pronounced shoo-nan-too-nitch. It means “stone woman” in the Mayan language, because the ruins are supposedly haunted.
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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” 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.
Place of Ticks
The pyramids and temples are common at most of the ancient Mayan sites around Yucatan and Quintana Roo but to prevent injury and damage to them many are roped off and you can ‘t climb . There are though 3 that you can climb . Coba, Uxmal and one in Izamal.
Violent crime – such as sexual assault, home invasions, armed robberies, and murder – are common even during daylight hours and in tourist areas. A significant portion of violent crime is gang related. Due to high crime, travelers are advised to exercise caution while traveling to the south side of Belize City.
Mysterious Decline of the Maya From the late eighth through the end of the ninth century, something unknown happened to shake the Maya civilization to its foundations. One by one, the Classic cities in the southern lowlands were abandoned, and by A.D. 900, Maya civilization in that region had collapsed.
Water of the Rock