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XUNANTUNICH MAYA RUINS TOUR
Looking for a bit of ancient exploration, then
visit our most magnificent Maya city.
The name Xunantunich derives from the Yucatec Maya language and means “Stone Woman.”
($125.00US per person)
“The name Xunantunich derives from the Yucatec Maya language and means “Stone Woman.” Local legend holds that around the end of the 1800s, a gentleman from the village of San Jose Succotz Belize went hunting near the site. Crossing the base of the Castillo, he was struck by the appearance of a beautiful statuesque Maya maiden, dressed in traditional “huipil” and “pik,”and dazzling in the rays of the rising sun. The woman stood motionless by the mouth of a cave which extended beneath the large structure. Stricken by her appearance, the man threw his gun aside and ran downhill to the village. After recounting his tale several villagers led by their native priest returned to the site. Arriving at the large mound they found the mouth of the tunnel, but the stone maiden had disappeared. Thereafter locals claim that the woman has appeared to several others but none have been able to follow her into the cavern.” (from www.belize.com)
The largest pyramid El Castillo rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers a magnificent view of the Cayo District and neighboring Guatemala. On your way back stop at the inland Blue Hole known as a cool jungle pool, a nice spot to cool off after a hot day! Includes lunch and park fees.