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Xunantunich

Climb El Castillo at Xunantunich
The Cayo District is home to many of Belize’s ancient Maya sites, including one of the largest, Xunantunich. Located atop a ridge near the Mopan River and the Guatemala border, Xunantunich’s "El Castillo," =the main pyramid, is certainly the most impressive. Visitors who brave the steep steps up to the top are rewarded with unsurpassed views into Guatemala and neighboring areas of Belize. While the climb up can be pretty steep and rough, there are other routes to get down along the backside that make descent a little easier. It took me multiple visits to finally gather the courage to climb to the top, but I’m grateful I did as the views were absolutely worth it! Organized tours to Xunantunich often combine other activities like ziplining, cave tubing, or even trips to the Belize Zoo. Travelers who wish to explore all of Xunantunich’s six plazas, which contains more than 26 temples and palaces, should look to book a private tour or visit on their own.
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Xunantunich
This is a photo of my wife during our honeymoon. We were atop the main temple at Xunantunich archaeological site, near the Guatemalan border. Saw a double rainbow above the canopy as we climbed down.
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Exploring Mayan sites in Belize, Central America
Belizean security atop El Castillo in Xunantunich, a Mayan site in the Cayo District. Tensions with Guatemala, whose border is clearly visible below, means protecting the surrounding rainforest from illegal logging.
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Exploring Mayan sites in Belize, Central America
Belizean security atop El Castillo in Xunantunich, a Mayan site in the Cayo District. Tensions with Guatemala, whose border is clearly visible below, means protecting the surrounding rainforest from illegal logging.
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Mayan Ruins
Super cool to take the many steps to the top of this ancient Mayan city, 6 miles from the Guatemala border.
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