About 40 km from the Tikal complex in Guatemala, Xunantunich was a major ceremonial center. From its perch on a natural limestone ridge, visitors have a fantastic view of the surrounding area. And though the center is only one square kilometre, it is home to 25 temples and palaces including the second tallest Mayan structure in Belize, the pyramid El Castillo. The site was the first one in Belize that was open to the public, in 1954, and now it has a highly praised on-site museum.
The religion of the citizens of Xunantunich helped build this city up to the ceremonial center that it became. To understand it is to understand in at least some way the people of this once great city. It is believed that the temples and stelae focus on fertility and the warlords. They have a tendency to portray the warlords and their ancestors as the source of fertility of all Mayans. So all of these structure stress sexual symbolism in one way or another. Some theories suggest that an earthquake caused the abandonment of the city.
Hand cranked ferry
Price: 1 - 4 persons: Us$320.00
This tour is designed to last approximately 5.5 hours. It includes an hour and half drive through the western mountains of belize. When we arrive at Soccuz Village near the border with Guatemala we will be crossing the makal river by a hand cranked ferry. The tour of the site last an hour and a half to two hours. Whilst doing the tour of the site we will be doing presentations on ecology, Indian History, Site History, and Medicinal plants.