Explore Xunantunich at Blancaneaux Lodge, which flourished during the Classic Period (250-900 A.D.) and is believed to have survived the Maya collapse to remain an important population center until the 11th Century. Our tour begins with a drive down the mountain and through the town of San Ignacio, where we head to the village of San Jose Succotz to take a hand-cranked ferry over the Mopan River to the site of Xunantunich (Maiden of the Rock). The site has five main plazas, although only three plazas are evident to visitors today. Dominating the site is El Castillo, rising to over 120 feet. A steep but short climb to the top is highly recommended because of the panoramic views of the surrounding Mopan and Belize River valleys, as well as Guatemala to the west. In addition, the visitor’s center and museum are excellent and there are many small restaurants in the area serving authentic local food, or you may choose to bring along a picnic lunch and eat at the site.
8.00 am for half-day tour