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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

Depart from San Ignacio, it is almost a 45-minute van ride to the Park Reserve. On arrival, participants are broken up into small groups with 8 participants to a guide. The guide starts with an overall explanation of the day's proceedings and assists everybody with adjusting the safety gear; we then head to the starting point. This would be the first of 3 river crossings, this being the deepest point, there is a rope bank across the river to assist with a safe river crossing. In the other crossings, the water level is fairly shallow, ankle-deep. After a 45-minute hike, we arrive at the mouth of the cave; with the guide swimming across to the ledge for a safety demonstration. 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 as there are artifacts lying on the cave floor. Marvel at the cave's artifacts, most of which have been calcified into the ground, unmoved even by archaeologists. Learn about the rituals and ceremonies, bloodletting offerings, food offerings, and human offerings, including the 15 human remains uncovered by archaeologists. To access the last chamber, you will climb a ladder to see full skeletal remains before exiting the cave in the same way you came in. You will hike back to the parking lot before replenishing yourself with lunch and returning to San Ignacio.

From Belize: One-Way Shared Shuttle to San Ignacio

2. From Belize: One-Way Shared Shuttle to San Ignacio

Enjoy a hassle-free shared shuttle from Belize city to your accommodation in San Ignacio. Experience a stress-free journey in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver.  Let your driver navigate you through the traffic smoothly. Travel conveniently without having to worry about last-minute searching.

From Belize: 1-Way Shared Shuttle to Flores Peten Guatemala

3. From Belize: 1-Way Shared Shuttle to Flores Peten Guatemala

Enjoy a hassle-free Share Shuttle from Belize to your Flores Peten Guatemala. This stress-free Share transfer will take you directly to your Hotel in Flores Peten Guatemala. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. The driving time to the Western border will take two hours. Border crossing can take us from fifteen minutes to an hour. a departure fee is required to be paid on the Belize border of $ 20 US Dollars per person. After the border crossing, you will be changing to a Guatemala Vehicle which will be taking you to the Island of Flores Peten in Guatemala.

From San Ignacio: Van Transfer To Flores Peten in Guatemala

4. From San Ignacio: Van Transfer To Flores Peten in Guatemala

We start our hassle-free shuttle from Ko-Ox Han Nah Restaurant or can pick you up at a Hotel located within San Ignacio town. a 20-minute drive will take us to Western Border/ Guatemala. Border crossing can take us from 10 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the number of people crossing on the day. Once we do the border crossing enjoy you scenic shuttle to the Island of Flores Peten which will take us two hours.

From San Ignacio: Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos

5. 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.

San Ignacio: San Ignacio Hotel to Belize City Transfer

6. San Ignacio: San Ignacio Hotel to Belize City Transfer

Transportation Depart from San Ignacio at 9:30 am. We offer a free hotel pick-up within San Ignacio Town Limits. A two Hour driver from San Ignacio with a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle will take you direct to the water taxi.

San Ignacio: Caracol Maya Ruins & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

7. 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 followed by a visit to the Rio on Pools or Big Rock Waterfalls. Swim in the refreshing waters to cool off after a day of exploring, and be returned to San Ignacio at approximately 5:00 PM.

San Ignacio: Cave Tubing with Lunch & Optional Zipline

8. San Ignacio: Cave Tubing with Lunch & Optional Zipline

Depart from San Ignacio, Belize and arrive at the park after driving for an hour. Hike through the jungle, along the river bank and carry your tube up to the starting point. Choose to tube through 1 cave or 2 caves, depending on how far you want to walk. Enjoy the full experience by walking for 45 minutes, to reach the top of the river. Walk for 30 minutes to reach the other starting point, which will only take you through one of the caves.  Float down the river and relax in the first cave, as your expert guide tells you about Mayan culture and their beliefs. Get ready for a thrill in the second cave, accessed by both starting points, where light rapids will add some excitement and speed to your tubing experience. Upgrade your tour by speeding things up with a memorable zipline ride. Before heading into the Mayan underworld, fly and scream in the air as you zip line across the Belize jungles and river from tree to tree. After the Adrenalin rush through the air, cool off in the water of a picturesque natural pool.

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

9. 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 restaurant. Then, drive back to San Ignacio you can stop at the local gift shops, with arrival back in San Ignacio at approximately 4:30 PM.

San Ignacio: Half-Day Cave Canoeing Adventure

10. San Ignacio: Half-Day Cave Canoeing Adventure

Depart in the afternoon from San Ignacio Town and drive through a small, traditional Mennonite community called Barton Creek. Continue on until arriving at the remnants of an ancient Mayan civilization, waiting to be explored in the cool, watery underground caverns. Soak up the mediative energy as you paddle on a canoe through an underground cave system. Relax as the sound of paddle on the peaceful waters harmonizes with your heartbeat. Float along the ancient Maya waterway inside the mountain while your local guide sheds light on the significance of the cave to the Mayas. Learn about the different rituals and ceremonies which were conducted inside of the cave, among them human sacrifices, bloodletting rituals, agricultural rituals, and possible fertility rites. Hear also about the geology of the cave. Conclude the tour with a one-hour drive back to San Ignacio.

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4.9
(116 reviews)

One of the best ruins we have ever seen. Lots of structures that you can ascend and see what the ancient people were seeing. Wildlife like toucans and spider and holler monkeys in the wild. Lots of walking. Make sure you have comfortable shoes. Long day but worth it. Slept well that night. Views were amazing. Learned a lot. Better than Chitzen Itza because it was less crowded and did not have the vendors all over. Lunch was good. Drivers were good. Border crossing was an experience. Added to the adventure. Only negative was that our guide was pretty dry. We both thought that it was the best day trip of the three we did on the jungle side of Belize.

Our guide at Tikal, Louis, was absolutely amazing. I’ve visited ruins all over the world and experienced many different types of guides, Louis was incredibly knowledgeable as well as adaptable. Felt very fluid. It didn’t feel like he had a list he needed to get through, instead he addressed any and all questions and interests. The drivers were great as well. We could have used a little extra room in the van (just one more seat or one less person would have made a big difference). Overall, incredible tour.

Wow!! Amazing!! Highlight of our trip! My family still talks about this! Manny was an excellent guide! Knowledgeable and sooo helpful with my kids and mother in law!

Guide was pleasant and very knowledgeable. Transportation was safe. Guide spent extra time to ensure everyone enjoyed their trip.

This is a must do when in Belize! The experience is awesome, made even better by patient guides who instruct incredibly well.