Xunantunich Mayan Ruins means “Stone Lady” in Mayan language, and is home to El Castillo, one of the tallest Mayan structures in Belize
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins is one of the most visited destinations in Belize. Visitors access the site by crossing the Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry before making their up to the main archaeological site and climbing to the very top for a rewarding 360° view of the countryside.
Farmers that fed the Mayans living in Xunantunich typically lived in little towns, partitioned into kin-based private groups. The ranches were spread out broadly over the landscape, in spite of the fact that the center of Xunantunich itself is or maybe little in comparison.
Xunantunich is one of the first lost cities to be discovered, and has a central area measuring 3,230 square feet. The “Stone Woman” refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site. She is said to appear in front of “El Castillo”, ascends the stone stairs, and disappears into a stone wall.
El Castillo (The Castle) was the tallest man made structure in the country until Caana (Sky Palace) at the Maya site of Caracol was discovered some decades ago. The structure has a height of 130 feet.
There are many gift shops and local artisans at the foot of the ferry if you are interested in buying souvenirs.