Xunantunich Maya Temples
Xunantunich or Maiden of the Rock is situated on the Western Highway across the river from the village of San Jose Succotz. This major ceremonial center can be reached by ferry daily and it is only 1.5 Kilometer (one mile) from some lovely rapids of the Mopan River. This Classic Period site provides an impressive view of the entire river valley. The site core occupies only 300 square meters but the periphery covers several square kilometers.
El Castillo rises 40 meters above plaza level, making it one of the tallest buildings in Belize. On this structure there are two temples. The lower temple is famous for its large stucco frieze. A mask with larger ears probably represents the sun god. Next to this mask, there is a moon sign with a border of signs representing Venus.
Departure: Anytime between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm
Distance: 15 minutes drive from Chaa Creek to the Ferry
Duration: Half day ( can be combined with Cahal Pech)
Dress: Short or long pants and comfortable footwear - short sleeve lengths
What To Bring Along:
Hat, sunscreen, water, insect repellant, camera, and raingear if needed.
Interested in exploring Maya Temples in Belize? Call us at 877-709-8708 for information.