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Xunantunich Tours and Activities

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Xunantunich
Overlooking the beautiful Mopan River from a hilltop, the ruins at Xunantunich are some of the most visited Maya sites in the world. Located in the Cayo region, Xunantunich—which means “stone woman” in Mayan—dates back to the Classic Era, around 200–900. The complex comprises about 25 temples and palaces.

The Basics
Xunantunich is dominated by the 130-foot-tall (40-meter-tall) El Castillo. At the top, you’ll have a fantastic view across the jungle canopy, the other ruins, and the Guatemalan border. While there, learn about the history of the Maya inhabitants, the excavations, and the environment on the site. Day trips to Xunantunich often combine a visit to the ruins with cave tubing, horseback riding, or other activities.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Xunantunich is fully excavated, and visitors are allowed to climb all the buildings on the site.
  • Look out for howler monkeys in the surrounding trees.

How to Get There
As Xunantunich usually closes around 4pm, get an early start on your roughly 3-hour trip from Belize City. The easiest way to get there on your own is by bus—which makes requested stops only, so inform your driver where you’re headed. Next, ride the free ferry across the river, then walk about a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the site. Buses sometimes run from San Ignacio, too. Alternatively, opt for a tour that provides transport.

When to Get There
If you’re traveling on your own, go to Xunantunich early to beat the tour buses—and the afternoon heat. Late November to mid-April (the dry season) is considered the best time to visit Belize.

Cahal Pech
Although not as popular as Xunantunich, Cahal Pech is worth a stop, especially if you’re into bird watching. The archaeological site is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Xunantunich, and visits are typically combined with activities like canoeing. Certain tours take in both Cahal Pech and Xunantunich on the same day.
Address: Cayo, Belize
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Xunantunich Mayan Ruin And Cave Tubing from Belize city

Xunantunich Mayan Ruin And Cave Tubing from Belize city

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The atmospheric ruins of Xunantunich are some of the most-visited Mayan ruins in the world. During your stay in Belize, ensure you don’t miss the ancient archeological site on this 6-hour tour of Xunantunich, including cave tubing. Ideal for adventurous travelers, this excursion allows you to explore the Mayan ruins, hike through exotic rainforest, and ride an inflated inner tube down rivers running through darkened caverns. Entrance fees and round-trip transport from your Belize City hotel are included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.  
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
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$175.00
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Xunantunich, Cave Tubing & Ziplining from Caye Caulker

Xunantunich, Cave Tubing & Ziplining from Caye Caulker

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It’s going to be an eventful day so be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. This tour will start with a journey from your Hopkins accommodation. Our guides will be waiting on-site for you before heading off in air-conditioned transport to Xunantunich. Xunantunich is a national treasure that fills its visitors with a sense of time travel. It sits close to Belize’s western border and is a must-visit. Local souvenirs, hammocks, and blankets are available from the many vendors waiting alongside the river at the entrance to the hand-cranked ferry that has carried many thousands to and from the calm beauty of this Maya Temple.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$225.00
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$225.00
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Xunantunich Mayan Ruins from Belize City

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins from Belize City

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Xunantunich Mayan Ruins are located on a natural limestone ridge approximately eight miles west of San Ignacio at San Jose Succotz Village in the Cayo District.this is one of the most popular sites in Belize. Recent improvements have included the visitor's new bathroom ,new picnic areas, and new trails.one historical attribute not likely to be replaced anytime soon is the mechanical ferry. used for years to take people to and from the site.Belize is the Maya Jewel of Central America.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Private Xunantunich Maya Ruin Adventure From Belize City

Private Xunantunich Maya Ruin Adventure From Belize City

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Explore the wonders of Xunantunich, a Mayan Site that has the Second Tallest Structure in Belize, El Castillo. Jose Tours Belize is a family run business that provides visitors with new adventures, unforgettable experiences, and quality services in Belize. This tour provides an experienced guide as well as an A/C tour van to provide safe and comfortable transportation as you enjoy your trip!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$176.00
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$176.00
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Xunantunich and Inland Blue Hole Tour

Xunantunich and Inland Blue Hole Tour

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Xunantunich is one of the largest ancient Maya cities ever built, the rulers of Xunantunich clashes with other powerful rivals in the area, including Tikal. In 2016, the largest Maya royal tomb ever discovered was excavated in Xunantunich, and the site remains an impressive display of pyramids, palaces, and other grandiose buildings.
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  • 9 hours
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Xunantunich Mayan Ruin from Belize City

Xunantunich Mayan Ruin from Belize City

Explore the archeological site of Xunantunich on a private tour from Belize City, and discover the fascinating history of a Maya ceremonial center on the shores of the Mopan River. Climb to the top of El Castillo pyramid, take in views of the lush jungle, then stand between the walls of a traditional ball court. Spot howler monkeys and wild turkeys among the stones, and study the intricately carved stelae, freizes and glyphs that bring the ancient Maya civilization to vibrant life. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.34
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Triple Activity Limo Tour -- Xunantunich Ruins, Cave Tubing & Zip Lining

Triple Activity Limo Tour -- Xunantunich Ruins, Cave Tubing & Zip Lining

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We are the first -- and only -- provider of super stretch, 20 passenger, SUV limousines in the country of Belize. When you go on one of Belize's amazing day tours, learn about our culture, visit our fabulous ruins and caves, and explore our wildlife adventures, why do so bouncing around in a circa-1980 panel van with a distracted driver/guide yelling over his shoulder at you? Instead, ride with a professional limo driver dedicated to only one thing -- your safety. Take a deep and meaningful dive into our culture with a top-flight guide, who accompanies you inside the limo, faces you, eye to eye, answering all your questions and catering to all your needs. Breakfast, lunch, spirits, all included. In truth, you spend more time getting to these sites than enjoying them, so why not make the transportation part of the experience? this tour is perfect for a group that wants a private tour experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$234.67
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Xunantunich Maya Shore Excursion Adventure Tour Belize

Xunantunich Maya Shore Excursion Adventure Tour Belize

Joins us at Belize Wild Caribbean Tours and have an adventure at the ancient City Xunantunich Maya. Our guides are all locals, have a vast knowledge of Xunantunich and are ready to show you our beautiful Belize.
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  • 5 to 30 minutes
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$101.34
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Cave Tubing and Xunantunich from Belize City with Lunch

Cave Tubing and Xunantunich from Belize City with Lunch

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Pack your swimming gear and comfortable clothes for an unforgettable time when you explore the Xunantunich ruins and underground caves of Belize on this cultural, cave tubing tour. Your tour includes a scenic drive to Xunantunich and an expert guide who will fill you in on safety instructions and the history of the places you visit. You'll visit the ruins of this popular attraction, including the Maya temple of El Castillo. You'll also experience the underground world of the limestone caves of Belize on a cave tubing adventure
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00

Private Xunantunich Mayan Ruin Tour from Belize City

Private Xunantunich Mayan Ruin Tour from Belize City

Go on a journey around Xunantunich on this half-day tour from Belize City, and see the old Mayan ceremonial center. Take a ferry ride over to the Mayan ruins and climb to the top of the El Castillo pyramid. Then, hike through a rainforest to get to see some of Belize’s caves.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$158.20
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Belize City to Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

Belize City to Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

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As the elevation increases from Belize City to Xunantunich you will get to see the Maya Mountains from a distance and the change in vegetation from savanna to tropical jungle. The drive takes approximately 2.5 hours in which we get to venture through the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Elena as we make our way closer to the hand crank ferry. Once, we arrive to the ferry we will be hand cranked across the beautiful green Mopan river which we then drive for another 5 minutes to our destination. You will have the opportunity to climb the El Castillo temple which is approximately 130 feet tall. From here you will be able to see Guatemala the one of the neighboring countries with Belize. As you trek along the site you might run into some wildlife as this site is surrounding by jungle. You might get a glimpse of monkeys, birds, spiders and much more. After we finish the site tour, we will enjoy a picnic of local cuisine and then make our way back to Belize city.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$186.67
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Xunantunich Mayan Adventure

Xunantunich Mayan Adventure

EXPERIENCE BELIZE's MAYAN ADVENTURE WITH Cave Tubing R US 100% dedicated to providing fun safe personable Adventure Tours. Xunantunich "maiden of the rock" boast the 2nd tallest temple in Belize and is rich in history. Cahal Pech "PLACE OF TICKS" appropriately named as the surrounding area was once used as pasture land and was the royal acropolis-palace of an elite Mayan ruling family who lived here during the Classic period. The site consists of seven plazas and over 30 structures including temples, residential buildings, ball courts, an altar, and a sweat-house, all situated on just 2 acres. This adventures takes us to the Cayo District approx 2 hours drive from Belize City. With a knowledgeable, informative guide whose aim is to ensure you have the best tour of your life :) As you travel the countryside and learn about our history, our way of life coated with a taste of local dishes and fresh produce we hope to enrich your smile.
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  • 6 hours
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Single Activity Limo Tour -- Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Adventure

Single Activity Limo Tour -- Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Adventure

We are the first -- and only -- provider of super stretch, 20 passenger, SUV limousines in the country of Belize. When you go on one of Belize's amazing day tours, learn about our culture, visit our fabulous ruins and caves, and explore our wildlife adventures, why do so bouncing around in a circa-1980 panel van with a distracted driver/guide yelling over his shoulder at you? Instead, ride with a professional limo driver dedicated to only one thing -- your safety. Take a deep and meaningful dive into our culture with a top-flight guide, who accompanies you inside the limo, faces you, eye to eye, answering all your questions and catering to all your needs. Breakfast, lunch, spirits, all included. In truth, you spend more time getting to these sites than enjoying them, so why not make the transportation part of the experience? this tour is perfect for a group that wants a private tour experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$197.34
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Double Activity Limo Tour: Xunantunich Ruins & ATV Jungle Adventure

Double Activity Limo Tour: Xunantunich Ruins & ATV Jungle Adventure

We are the first -- and only -- provider of super stretch, 20 passenger, SUV limousines in the country of Belize. When you go on one of Belize's amazing day tours, learn about our culture, visit our fabulous ruins and caves, and explore our wildlife adventures, why do so bouncing around in a circa-1980 panel van with a distracted driver/guide yelling over his shoulder at you? Instead, ride with a professional limo driver dedicated to only one thing -- your safety. Take a deep and meaningful dive into our culture with a top-flight guide, who accompanies you inside the limo, faces you, eye to eye, answering all your questions and catering to all your needs. Breakfast, lunch, spirits, all included. In truth, you spend more time getting to these sites than enjoying them, so why not make the transportation part of the experience? this tour is perfect for a group that wants a private tour experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$261.34
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Double Activity Limo Tour -- Xunantunich Ruins & Community Baboon Sanctuary

Double Activity Limo Tour -- Xunantunich Ruins & Community Baboon Sanctuary

We are the first -- and only -- provider of super stretch, 20 passenger, SUV limousines in the country of Belize. When you go on one of Belize's amazing day tours, learn about our culture, visit our fabulous ruins and caves, and explore our wildlife adventures, why do so bouncing around in a circa-1980 panel van with a distracted driver/guide yelling over his shoulder at you? Instead, ride with a professional limo driver dedicated to only one thing -- your safety. Take a deep and meaningful dive into our culture with a top-flight guide, who accompanies you inside the limo, faces you, eye to eye, answering all your questions and catering to all your needs. Breakfast, lunch, spirits, all included. In truth, you spend more time getting to these sites than enjoying them, so why not make the transportation part of the experience? this tour is perfect for a group that wants a private tour experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$213.34
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Double Activity Limo Tour: Xunantunich Ruins & Jungle Horseback Adventure

Double Activity Limo Tour: Xunantunich Ruins & Jungle Horseback Adventure

We are the first -- and only -- provider of super stretch, 20 passenger, SUV limousines in the country of Belize. When you go on one of Belize's amazing day tours, learn about our culture, visit our fabulous ruins and caves, and explore our wildlife adventures, why do so bouncing around in a circa-1980 panel van with a distracted driver/guide yelling over his shoulder at you? Instead, ride with a professional limo driver dedicated to only one thing -- your safety. Take a deep and meaningful dive into our culture with a top-flight guide, who accompanies you inside the limo, faces you, eye to eye, answering all your questions and catering to all your needs. Breakfast, lunch, spirits, all included. In truth, you spend more time getting to these sites than enjoying them, so why not make the transportation part of the experience? this tour is perfect for a group that wants a private tour experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$261.34
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Double Activity Limo Tour: Xunantunich Ruins & Zip Lining Adventure

Double Activity Limo Tour: Xunantunich Ruins & Zip Lining Adventure

We are the first -- and only -- provider of super stretch, 20 passenger, SUV limousines in the country of Belize. When you go on one of Belize's amazing day tours, learn about our culture, visit our fabulous ruins and caves, and explore our wildlife adventures, why do so bouncing around in a circa-1980 panel van with a distracted driver/guide yelling over his shoulder at you? Instead, ride with a professional limo driver dedicated to only one thing -- your safety. Take a deep and meaningful dive into our culture with a top-flight guide, who accompanies you inside the limo, faces you, eye to eye, answering all your questions and catering to all your needs. Breakfast, lunch, spirits, all included. In truth, you spend more time getting to these sites than enjoying them, so why not make the transportation part of the experience? this tour is perfect for a group that wants a private tour experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$229.34
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Double Activity Limo Tour: Xunantunich Ruins & Cave Tubing Adventure

Double Activity Limo Tour: Xunantunich Ruins & Cave Tubing Adventure

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We are the first -- and only -- provider of super stretch, 20 passenger, SUV limousines in the country of Belize. When you go on one of Belize's amazing day tours, learn about our culture, visit our fabulous ruins and caves, and explore our wildlife adventures, why do so bouncing around in a circa-1980 panel van with a distracted driver/guide yelling over his shoulder at you? Instead, ride with a professional limo driver dedicated to only one thing -- your safety. Take a deep and meaningful dive into our culture with a top-flight guide, who accompanies you inside the limo, faces you, eye to eye, answering all your questions and catering to all your needs. Breakfast, lunch, spirits, all included. In truth, you spend more time getting to these sites than enjoying them, so why not make the transportation part of the experience? this tour is perfect for a group that wants a private tour experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$208.00
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$208.00

Triple Activity Limo Tour: Xunantunich Ruins, Horseback Riding & ATV Treks

Triple Activity Limo Tour: Xunantunich Ruins, Horseback Riding & ATV Treks

We are the first -- and only -- provider of super stretch, 20 passenger, SUV limousines in the country of Belize. When you go on one of Belize's amazing day tours, learn about our culture, visit our fabulous ruins and caves, and explore our wildlife adventures, why do so bouncing around in a circa-1980 panel van with a distracted driver/guide yelling over his shoulder at you? Instead, ride with a professional limo driver dedicated to only one thing -- your safety. Take a deep and meaningful dive into our culture with a top-flight guide, who accompanies you inside the limo, faces you, eye to eye, answering all your questions and catering to all your needs. Breakfast, lunch, spirits, all included. In truth, you spend more time getting to these sites than enjoying them, so why not make the transportation part of the experience? this tour is perfect for a group that wants a private tour experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$330.67
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$330.67

Triple Activity Limo Tour -- Xunantunich Ruins, Cave Tubing & ATV Treks

Triple Activity Limo Tour -- Xunantunich Ruins, Cave Tubing & ATV Treks

We are the first -- and only -- provider of super stretch, 20 passenger, SUV limousines in the country of Belize. When you go on one of Belize's amazing day tours, learn about our culture, visit our fabulous ruins and caves, and explore our wildlife adventures, why do so bouncing around in a circa-1980 panel van with a distracted driver/guide yelling over his shoulder at you? Instead, ride with a professional limo driver dedicated to only one thing -- your safety. Take a deep and meaningful dive into our culture with a top-flight guide, who accompanies you inside the limo, faces you, eye to eye, answering all your questions and catering to all your needs. Breakfast, lunch, spirits, all included. In truth, you spend more time getting to these sites than enjoying them, so why not make the transportation part of the experience? this tour is perfect for a group that wants a private tour experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$272.00
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$272.00

Triple Activity Limo Tour -- Xunantunich Ruins, Zip Lining & ATV Adventure

Triple Activity Limo Tour -- Xunantunich Ruins, Zip Lining & ATV Adventure

We are the first -- and only -- provider of super stretch, 20 passenger, SUV limousines in the country of Belize. When you go on one of Belize's amazing day tours, learn about our culture, visit our fabulous ruins and caves, and explore our wildlife adventures, why do so bouncing around in a circa-1980 panel van with a distracted driver/guide yelling over his shoulder at you? Instead, ride with a professional limo driver dedicated to only one thing -- your safety. Take a deep and meaningful dive into our culture with a top-flight guide, who accompanies you inside the limo, faces you, eye to eye, answering all your questions and catering to all your needs. Breakfast, lunch, spirits, all included. In truth, you spend more time getting to these sites than enjoying them, so why not make the transportation part of the experience? this tour is perfect for a group that wants a private tour experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$298.67
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Xunantunich, Cave tubing and Ziplining from Belize

Xunantunich, Cave tubing and Ziplining from Belize

Xunantunich offers many opportunities for amazing selfies and group photos. The panoramic views of the Cayo District and nearby Guatemala from atop ‘El Castillo’ are stupendous. Once at the cave tubing outpost, you’ll be given a basic orientation and safety briefing before heading off on a 30-minute hike which includes wading through a few knee-deep water streams.Once Inside the cave you’ll see intricate crystalline formations that line the cave with a majestic rise and fall of stalagmites and stalactites that add to the serene richness and grandiose of Xibalba as it’s known.READY! SET! GO! Push off from the wooden platform and zip along the aerial cable at canopy level where a guide will be waiting for you at the next platform. A couple platforms, into your Indiana Jones adventure, you’ll see the “hammock bridge” hanging almost 120 feet above the forest floor. Take in the tangled heart of Belize’s spellbinding and lush primeval forest.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$220.00
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Private Xunantunich Mayan Ruins & Inland Blue Hole Tour from Belize City

Private Xunantunich Mayan Ruins & Inland Blue Hole Tour from Belize City

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This tour will leave you longing for more Belizean adventures; as you'll leave with memories you'll cherish for your lifetime. Learn ancient Mayan history and practices as you explore the majestic City of Xunantunich. You also get to visit the St. Herman's Cave and see beautiful natural formations and crystals, before cooling of in the refreshing "Blue Hole." This package includes a local lunch for each passenger. The best way to spend warm days in Belize with your friends or family!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$255.00
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Xunantunich, & Horseback Riding from Caye Caulker

Xunantunich, & Horseback Riding from Caye Caulker

A must-visit, even when on the shortest stays in our beautiful country. Xunantunich is a national treasure that fills its visitors with a sense of time travel. If that isn’t appealing enough, how about saddling up a horse and riding into the shadow of this Mayan temple. You're hit with how green and lush everything is. Some visitors might get to see a group of women doing laundry in the river while their children swim nearby, this is where you will board the hand-cranked ferry that has carried many thousands to and from the calm beauty of this Maya Temple. Here, you’ll dismount your horse and the journey to Xunantunich begins on the other bank of the river.. The temples are nestled in between lush rainforest whose trees may bloom vibrant red, yellow, orange, or pink in season. Bring along a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, along with an open heart to experience simplicity and visiting another world for a few hours.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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