Welcome to Succotz!
San Jose Succotz, located in the Cayo District of Belize, lies on the Western Highway between San Ignacio and Benque Viejo Del Carmen. Just three miles west across the Belizean-Guatemalan border lies Melchor de Mencos, a popular trading destination for Belizeans and a frequent pit-stop en route to the Tikal Mayan ruins in the Petén, Guatemala. While Succotz is most well-known for the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich, accessible via the hand-cranked ferry that crosses the Mopan River in Succotz, the pueblo boasts a vibrant life and culture definitely worth exploring.
Beneath a canopy of palm trees, mangos, bananas, guanacaste, and other tropical varieties, about fifty paved, gravel, and dirt roads crisscross the lush landscape comprising Succotz. Many homes and buildings are traditional palapas, with walls woven from branches and thatched palm frond roofs, although many have replaced these with tin roofs that amplify the daily downpours in this tropical jungle. Most of the approximately 2,000 inhabitants claim Mayan heritage, with many still speaking Mayan dialects as well as Spanish and English. On some days, you’re likely to catch women washing clothes in the Mopan River which runs the length of the pueblo, just as they’ve done for centuries.