Xunantunich (shoo-NAHN-too-nich) is a Maya archaeological site in western Belize, in the Cayo District. Its name means “Stone Woman”. The “Stone Woman” refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site, beginning in 1892. She is dressed completely in white, and has fire-red glowing eyes. She generally appears in front of El Castillo; ascends the stone stairs and disappears into a stone wall.

Most of the structures date from the Maya Classic Era, about 200 to 900. There is evidence that some structures were damaged by an earthquake while they were occupied; this earthquake may have been a reason for the site’s abandonment.

Getting there

This is one of the easiest and nicest places to go. From in town, take the Benque bus and tell the driver you want to get off at Xunantunich. Take the free ferry across the river and walk up the big hill. The bus will be around 2bz. Entrance is 10bz

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