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From San Ignacio: Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos26 Reviews
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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- 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
DescriptionStart 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.
IncludesHotel 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)
- 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