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Xunantunich and San Ignacio

Experience the delight of the hand-cranked ferry over the river to Xunantunich, atop a hill overlooking the Mopan River and the Cayo District. The area, a primary ceremonial site built on a natural limestone ridge during the Classic Periodis composed of six major plazas, with more than 25 Maya temples and palaces.

"El Castillo" the Castle is the largest pyramid at 130 feet above the plaza and has carved friezes on the east and west sides. The frieze on the east side has been preserved and covered with a fibreglass replica of the centre representing the sun god flanked by the moon and Venus.

On a clear day, you can see across into nearby Guatemala and nearer into Caracol in the Pine Ridge Mountain Reserve. 

San Ignacio is a quaint town west of Belize City and the gateway to Xunantunich, catering for adventurers, and an excellent base for exploring Maya ruins and cave systems in the Western part of the country. After a long day of caving, horseback riding, kayaking, or hiking, res in this hub full of friendly people and great food.


Xunantunich and San Ignacio Hotels

$$$$$ Chaa Creek Xunantunich and San Ignacio


Twenty-three cottage style rooms nestled amid tropical gardens feature tastefully appointed interiors and airy palm-thatched roofs. We also offer the Garden Suite and Garden Jacuzzi Suite, which,...

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$$$$$ Ka’ana Xunantunich and San Ignacio

Inspiration comes alive at Ka’ana, a luxe outpost where wandering spirits roam free. Nestled deep in the tropical jungle of western Belize, this boutique resort is an oasis of style, culture,...

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$$$ Mahogany Hall Xunantunich and San Ignacio

Nestled within the lush greenery of nature on the banks of the Mopan River, Mahogany Hall Luxury Boutique Resort is a jungle oasis. The French Colonial architecture and aesthetic wood detail...

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$$$$ San Ignacio Resort Hotel Xunantunich and San Ignacio

The Resort is centrally situated on a 17-acre private estate and 5-minutes away of the famous San Ignacio Town—an area that features a variety of cultural, adventurous, and culinary experiences. This...

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