Xunantunich was a Mayan center for two thousand years until the ninth century. The name means “stone woman” in Mayan and comes from a ghost people have claimed to see.
The road to Xunantunich crosses the Mopan River, but there is no bridge. Instead; there is a ferry that floats across the river along a cable. The attendant powers it across the river by cranking a wench.There is room for only one car on the ferry and passengers do not ride in the vehicle while crossing. They come across on a second trip standing on the boat.
There is an open-air market near the crossing with shops selling colorful handmade hammocks, needlework, and beautiful jewelry. Local artisans sell their hand-carved black slate Mayan calendars near the ferry ramp; the price is negotiable and affordable. Each artist has their style, so it is a good idea look at a few to find the one you like the best.
Taking the guided tour is wise when you visit Xunantunich for the first time. Not only do you see the highlights and hear exciting stories before exploring, but you also have a chance to talk with the guide. Guides are an excellent source of local information and know some right spots for making photographs.
There is plenty to see at Xunantunich; there are dozens of temples and palaces as well as plazas to roam around. Wear some comfortable walking shoes because the site is large.Make sure your shoes have wet traction because it could be wet, and you will be climbing steep stairs and standing on very high floors, some with nothing between you and the edge.