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From San Ignacio: Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos

1. From San Ignacio: Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos

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.

From Belize/San Ignacio: Xunantunich, Ziplining, Cave-Tubing

2. From Belize/San Ignacio: Xunantunich, Ziplining, Cave-Tubing

Pass through charming towns and villages and feel the excitement of crossing the river on a hand crank ferry before arriving at the parking lot. Use the modern restroom and get some bottled water. Start the walk and climb to the top of El Castillo. See the stucco astronomical inscription of the Mayan gods and look across the border of Belize to Guatemala. Take an hour drive from Xunantunich to the foothills of the Maya mountains. Stop to use the modern restroom facilities and have a nice lunch break. Be outfitted with gloves, harnesses and helmets and get familiarized with the zipline. Zipline across the rivers and forest on lines that are up to 1000 feet long. Switch gear and outfits and prepare to get wet. Get a tube, helmet, lights, and PFD from your guide. Hike to the cave system with 100ft high ceilings. Form a mini-train with your tubes and float down the river through the caves. View rock formations and a waterfall. Continue downstream for another 20 minutes in the rainforest after the cave.

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What people are saying about Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Our guide, Selwyn, truly made the experience. He was extremely knowledgeable of all things Belize & Mayan. He had a great attitude, was funny, and always extremely caring of the safety and happiness of the tour group. My friend and I had a wonderful time and felt like we even made a friend in the process. I would highly, highly recommend booking a tour with him!

Great day. First we saw the Mayan Ruins of Xunantunich. Our guide, Selwin, was very knowledgeable and told us a lot of interesting facts about the Mayan site! Then we went cave tubing. This was super fun, very relaxing and extremely beautiful. Our guide also gave us some good recommendations for other things to do in San Ignacio.

We had Leo and he was an amazing guide!! We were lucky to just have our own group of 2 people and he let us float freely through the cave and take our time in the water! Also took us to look at Mayan remains of their pots of clay and into a crystal clear sink hole! Would 100% recommend this tour the food was also great!

Miguel was fantastic and make our experience very enjoyable with loads of memories to last a lifetime.

Leo was an amazing tour guide. Very detailed and provided many great historical facts.