Xunantunich & Inland Blue Hole Tour
Travel the beautiful hummingbird highway then climb the magnificent Xunantunich Mayan ruin, also known as the “Maiden of the Rock”. It stands 130 feet high, the second tallest Mayan ruin in Belize, and gives a panoramic view of the Cayo District, Guatemala and the Mopan River. On your way back stop at the inland blue hole for a refreshing swim in the jungle.
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Xunantunich was the first ancient Maya city re-discovered in the modern era, a site that has been excavated continually since the 1890s. Although the original Maya name has been lost, the name “Xunantunich” which means “Maiden of the Rock” refers to local legends of a woman in white who haunts the site.
Xunantunich made headlines in early 2016 when a team of archeologists discovered the largest royal Maya tomb ever discovered in Belize buried under several meters of rubble in the main temple. Unique for Maya architectural design, the temple was seemingly constructed solely to house the remains of what has tentatively been identified as a king of the legendary Snake Dynasty that once dominated southern Belize and parts of what are now Guatemala.
Beyond the goods buried with the king such as obsidian knives, jade jewelry, and the remains of what may be a jaguar, what has the archeological world buzzing is the discovery of several panels covered in Maya hieroglyphs. The panels complete the story carefully pieced together from fragments found elsewhere of the history of the Snake Dynasty.
Prior to the new discovery at Xunantunich, archeologists knew that one of the peoples conquered by the Snake Dynasty had later rebelled and destroyed all of the hieroglyphs and carvings that were created to praise the accomplishments of the Snake Dynasty. Today, a special Plexiglas panel has been installed on the site to allow visitors to watch the excavation work at Xunantunich unfold.
Inland Blue Hole
The Inland Blue Hole is located in the gorgeous St. Herman’s Blue Hole Park in Belize’s western Cayo District. Formed from a sinkhole, the Inland Blue Hole is an almost perfectly circular pool of brilliantly sapphire water ideal for a refreshing swim on a hot day. The beautiful scenery around the Inland Blue Hole is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a picnic meal.
St. Herman’s Blue Hole Park is over 500 acres (2 square km) in size and is managed by the Belize Audubon Society. Two of the other attractions in the park are St. Herman’s Cave and the Crystal Cave famous for its glittering stalactites and stalagmites.
Time: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: $125USD per person (Placencia, Hopkins orDangriga)
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“Signed up for the Xunantunich and Blue Hole tour, not really knowing what to expect, to be honest. Can I just say that the big temple is truly amazing? Like something out of a movie. And then we went to the Blue Hole, a place that does’t lie. The water really is blue, and I had a great swim there. Pretty nifty tour.”
-Constance Miller, Mclean, Texas
“On this tour, I learned that a mysterious ghost supposedly haunts the ancient Maya city and she’s known as the ‘Stone Woman’. View from the top of the big pyramid there is gorgeous. Finished off the day with a dip in the big blue hole. Looks like a swimming pool in the middle of the jungle, but a natural one. Great day tour and highly recommended.”
-Alexander Amos, Montgomery, Alabama