Cayo District
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  • San Ignacio: Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Full-Day Tour

    1. San Ignacio: Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Full-Day Tour

    Your tour will begin as you depart San Ignacio at 8:00AM, before heading to your hike starting point. You will make your first river crossing before hiking for 45 minutes to the cave entrance, where you will listen to some safety tips and learn how to use your equipment. You will then make your way into the cave, swimming and then walking through the main water passage until you reach the boulder and head to the dry chamber. To enter the chamber, you will be required to slip off your shoes in order to protect the cave. Most of the cave's artifacts have been calcified into the ground, unmoved even by archaeologists, this is a living museum. You will hear your guides talk about the rituals and ceremonies, bloodletting offerings, food offerings and human offerings. The cave contains a total of 15 human remains, five of them still visible, which have been uncovered by archaeologists. To ac...

    My husband and I had an amazing time on this tour with our driver Jeremy and guide Fernando. Fernando was knowledgeable and attentive to our safety while we were in the cave. I was concerned about the river crossings and some of the physical demands required of this tour but Fernando was helpful. I know some others complain about the bumpy ride but it's nothing compared to the drive out to Caracol. The food and rum punch was a life saver after such an exhausting day! All in all, it was a great experience and a must-do adventure if you are in Belize.

  • From San Ignacio: Tikal Maya Site Day-Trip with Local Lunch

    2. From San Ignacio: Tikal Maya Site Day-Trip with Local Lunch

    Start with pickup from San Ignacio at 7:00 AM, and take a 15-minute drive to Guatemalan border. Be assisted at the border by your guide, and continue on the 2-hour long journey to Tikal. Discover the ancient Mayan site of Tikal which is considered to be one of the most spiritual locations on earth. Once at the national park, see the abundance of wildlife surrounding the temples. Discover how the Mayan civilization built inspiring temples and cities that formed a vast complex of religious, social and political power.  Enjoy a guided tour of the main sights of the complex, which is estimated to have over 3,000 structures including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, plazas, causeways, and reservoirs. See several of the main temples including the tallest structure which measures 212 feet.  After visiting the main parts of Tikal, enjoy lunch at a local restauran...

    Pick up was easy, the tour guides were great, I had a really fun time. Thank you so much!

  • From San Ignacio: Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos

    3. 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 ...

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

  • San Ignacio: Caracol Maya Ruins & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

    4. San Ignacio: Caracol Maya Ruins & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

    Start with pickup at 7:30 AM from San Ignacio and travel 1.5 hours to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Upon arrival walk for 10 minutes until you reach the Rio Frio Cave. After exploring this small cave, drive to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve located nearby.  Explore the ruins of Caracol, which was the largest metropolis in the Maya lowlands located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. While travelling to this location, enjoy a stunning scenery of the flora and fauna. Walk along the trails and paths that were once traversed by nobles and citizens of the Mayan empire.  Explore the largest Mayan archaeological site in Belize on a 3-hour guided tour. Learn about the size of the former city, as well as the various religious rituals performed in the temples. Climb some of the structures and learn about the important archaeological discoveries of the site. Enjoy a local lunch fol...

    Like the ATM Cave, visiting Caracol is a must do experience while in Belize! It is such a privilege and opportunity to see Mayan Ruins like this and to learn about their culture. It is a long, bumpy drive but it was worth it. We also got to see the beautiful Rio Frio Cave, Rio on Pools, and Big Rock Falls on the way back but it was drizzling and we decided not to swim. Our guide, Leo, was so kind and knowledgeable - I'd want to go on any tour with him! My husband and I had a great time and we were sad to see the day end. My husband said this was actually his favorite day on our trip to Belize.

  • San Ignacio: Crystal Cave & Blue Hole National Park + Lunch

    5. San Ignacio: Crystal Cave & Blue Hole National Park + Lunch

    Get an early start and depart from San Ignacio at 7:30 AM. Drive out to St Herman's Blue Hole National Park, known for its lush rainforest and intricate system of interconnected caves and azure freshwater pools. Begin your adventure through the park with a rainforest hike that will end at the entrance to the Crystal Cave system. Embark on a spelunking expedition through the series of limestone caverns that the Mayans treated as a natural pantheon. Admire the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, flow stones, rock columns, crystalline formations, and Mayan artifacts adorning the interior of the caves. Let your guide show you the evidence of ritual ceremonies that took place thousands of years ago, including pottery, fire pits, charcoal ash, and human remains. Step into Wonderland, an aptly-named chamber deep in the earth with walls covered in shimmering crystals. Spend anywhere from 3–5 ho...

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Like the ATM Cave, visiting Caracol is a must do experience while in Belize! It is such a privilege and opportunity to see Mayan Ruins like this and to learn about their culture. It is a long, bumpy drive but it was worth it. We also got to see the beautiful Rio Frio Cave, Rio on Pools, and Big Rock Falls on the way back but it was drizzling and we decided not to swim. Our guide, Leo, was so kind and knowledgeable - I'd want to go on any tour with him! My husband and I had a great time and we were sad to see the day end. My husband said this was actually his favorite day on our trip to Belize.

My husband and I had an amazing time on this tour with our driver Jeremy and guide Fernando. Fernando was knowledgeable and attentive to our safety while we were in the cave. I was concerned about the river crossings and some of the physical demands required of this tour but Fernando was helpful. I know some others complain about the bumpy ride but it's nothing compared to the drive out to Caracol. The food and rum punch was a life saver after such an exhausting day! All in all, it was a great experience and a must-do adventure if you are in Belize.

We had an amazing tour w Jeremy and Edward. Edward was so knowledgeable about every part of the tour. He gave knowledge about the jungle surroundings on the way to the cave such as medicinal plants and the insects. We ate termites for the first time! Once in the cave he was very attentive to safety and the where we where. His knowledge was the best! We will definitely get ahold of him again for a camping trip! Jeremy thank you for the ride and the awesome lunch and rum punch!

Our guide was EXCELLENT!!! Fantastic tour. The walk in the jungle was no big deal and the water was easily navigable. Highly recommended!!

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