Once visitors have cross through the ferry and made the trek up the steep hill (if they hiked instead of driving), they have more climbing to go. “El Castillo” challenges climbers with an infinite number of steps, but the breathtaking view – both literally and figuratively – is worth it. From the top of the “castle,” those who braved the climbing and altitude can spot a great bird’s eye view of the grand verdure around them. Below, one of the lower temples is known for its large stucco frieze.
With “El Castillo” being the highlight of Xunantunich, it is no wonder many Belizeans and tourists alike take advantage of the massive ornamental structure. At the top, many host photo shoots, picnics and the occasional wedding! The exquisite site tells a story of the Mayas that centuries later is still being heard, or at the very least, impressing those who dare to immerse themselves in the castle.