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From San Ignacio: Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos

4.9 / 5

16 reviews

Activity provider: Belize Caving Expeditions
Water activity

From San Ignacio: Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos

Activity provider: Belize Caving Expeditions

From US$ 75 per person

Discover the Mayan temples and palaces of Xunantunich - a historic complex located in the village of San Jose Succotz and one of the most popular sites to visit in Belize. Combine your visit with an optional activity including horseback riding or tubing.

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Duration 4 - 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Hotel pickup within San Ignacio City only; please provide your hotel name and address.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Get to know Xunantunich, one of the most popular sites in Belize
  • Understand the history of Mayan culture in a 2-hour guided tour
  • Combine your tour with an optional adventure to make the most of your day
  • Choose from horseback riding, cave or river tubing options
Full description
Start your tour with hotel pickup from San Ignacio, then take a 15-minute drive to Xunantunich. First, embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the Xunantunich archaeological site, which was a unique Mayan ceremonial center. Discover the 6 major plazas surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces with time to climb the different structures. Admire the large El Castillo Pyramid which is well known for the frieze or band of stucco decoration which at one time extended around the entire temple. El Castillo rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers an impressive panoramic view over the Mopan River valley.  After this, combine your visit with a range of optional activities to choose from. Cave Tubing:  Start your adventure at No'och Che'en National Park with a hike through the subtropical forest. As you sit and enjoy the tubing downstream, the journey will take you through a series of remarkable limestone caves, each filled with fascinating discoveries of the Mayan underworld. You can also jump into refreshing crystal-clear blue waters formed in-between the cave entrances. Float through some rapids, view sparkling cave formations, and learn about cave geology and Mayan History. River Tubing:  This adventure takes place along the Mopan River - a very important water source for the ancient city of Xunantunich. Start by clipping on your helmet and putting on your floating device. Then, jump into your tube and begin floating downstream on the easy flowing water. Just as you get comfortable, feel the adrenaline as you reach some class I rapids. After floating past the village, continue into a jungle area and admire the incredible native flora and fauna that Belize has to offer. Horseback Riding:  Alternatively, begin your experience on the outskirts of Succotz village. Ride a friendly horse along an ancient Mayan trail as you dodge low-hanging tree branches. If you are lucky, try to spot adorable Howler Monkeys jumping between the trees.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Sang Ignacio City
  • English and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Water and snack (if half-day or half-day with horsebackriding options selected)
  • Cave tubing or river tubing with Lunch (if combo options selected)
  • Horseback Riding (if option selected)
  • Equipment (if combo options selected)
  • Lunch (if half-day or half-day with horseback riding options selected)
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People afraid of heights

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Closed-toe shoes

Know before you go

  • Not recommended for people with mobility issues or people with a phobia of heights
  • Please wear comfortable clothing for hiking and climbing and comfortable closed-toe shoes
  •  Please bring your camera, sunscreen, and insect repellent
  •  If you choose the tubing options, please bring a complete change of clothes and a towel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 16 reviews

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Cisco was our guide and was absolutely fabulous. So knowledgeable. Our teenage children thought he was very entertaining and enjoyed everything about it. The Mayan ruins and history was awesome and the cave tubing was the best! Loved it. Highly Recommend !!

March 28, 2023

Getting the right guide is sooo important to an experience. Having just experienced a really bad one on a different package, I highly highly recommend you get our guide on this package - Bryton. He was so awesome. He was funny, informative, and made us feel really comfortable. By the time we left Xunantunich and the Cave, we felt like we knew every little thing there was to know about those places. Also, maybe it was because it was just me and my wife on the tour group, Bryton took us off the water tubes to explore the caves on foot and do some tunnel dives and rock diving, AMAZING experience. Something that we did not see any other guide do for their groups around us. 10/10

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March 28, 2023

We had Xunantunich and cave tubing tour with Leo. We particularly love the cave tubing, which is much more fun than expected. Leo made the trip memorable. He is very knowledgeable, layback, and thoughtful. The company also provides home made warm lunch for the whole day tours, and it is delicious.

March 28, 2023

Product ID: 171372