The name Xunantunich derives from the Yucatec Maya language and means “Stone Woman.” It is a Classic Period ceremonial center. The site’s core occupies only 300 square meters, but the border covers several square kilometers. It stands 130 feet high, and is the second tallest Maya ruin in Belize. It gives a panoramic view of the Cayo District, Guatemala and the Mopan River. The site has been largely excavated and has a great on-site museum.
After lunch in San Ignacio, the Maya ruin tour proceeds to Cahal Pech, which means "Place of the Ticks". Cahal Pech Maya ruin is located 15 minutes on the outskirts of San Ignacio, the site rests above the banks of the Macal River and was home to a Maya Royal Family. The site dates back to the Classic period.
There’s evidence of continuous habitation which has been dated to as far back as 1200 BCE, which was during the Early Middle Formative period (Early Middle Pre-classic), making Cahal Pech one of the oldest recognizable Maya site in Western Belize!
What to bring:
- Loose Comfortable Clothing
- Sneakers/Walking Shoes
- Not Handicapped Accessible
- Not recommended for Pregnant Women
- Not recommended for persons who suffer from Heart/Respiratory Problems
- Not recommended for persons with Back/Neck Problems or who have had recent Back Surgery
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