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From San Ignacio: Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos

4.9 / 5

10 reviews

Activity provider: Belize Caving Expeditions

From San Ignacio: Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos

Activity provider: Belize Caving Expeditions

From US$ 75 per person

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.

About this activity

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Duration 4 - 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Hotel pickup within San Ignacio City only; please provide your hotel name and address.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Hotel 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)
  • Lunch (if half-day or half-day with horseback riding options selected)
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People afraid of heights
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Closed-toe shoes

Know before you go

  • 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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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.

May 19, 2022

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!

May 11, 2022

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!

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December 31, 2021

Product ID: 171372