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Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins: Our most recommended tours and activities

From San Ignacio: Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos

1. 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.

Belize: Mayan Ruins and Inland Blue Hole Tour

2. Belize: Mayan Ruins and Inland Blue Hole Tour

The Xunantunich Mayan Ruins are some of the finest Maya Ruins in Belize. The drive from Hopkins to the Blue Hole and Xunantunich Mayan site in western Belize takes you through the scenic Hummingbird Highway and the western villages of Belize. This is a cultural experience, sightseeing tours with first hand views of the countryside, Mayan Mountains, farms, colorful homes and San Ignacio farmers market. Experience an authentic Belizean lunch in the immediate area of the ruins. Along the way back, we will make a stop at the cenote at Blue Hole National Park on the Hummingbird Highway, this is a great place to swim or just take pictures an enjoy the nature. The Blue Hole cenote was formed by the collapse of an underground limestone cave. In this case, the river running through the original cavern still flows through the cave system, and forms a sapphire-colored pool at the bottom of the sinkhole. The depression measures about 100 feet deep and 300 feet in diameter, with the actual blue hole at the depression’s base having a depth of about 25 feet.

From Belize/San Ignacio: Xunantunich, Ziplining, Cave-Tubing

3. From Belize/San Ignacio: Xunantunich, Ziplining, Cave-Tubing

Pass through charming towns and villages and feel the excitement of crossing the river on a hand crank ferry before arriving at the parking lot. Use the modern restroom and get some bottled water. Start the walk and climb to the top of El Castillo. See the stucco astronomical inscription of the Mayan gods and look across the border of Belize to Guatemala. Take an hour drive from Xunantunich to the foothills of the Maya mountains. Stop to use the modern restroom facilities and have a nice lunch break. Be outfitted with gloves, harnesses and helmets and get familiarized with the zipline. Zipline across the rivers and forest on lines that are up to 1000 feet long. Switch gear and outfits and prepare to get wet. Get a tube, helmet, lights, and PFD from your guide. Hike to the cave system with 100ft high ceilings. Form a mini-train with your tubes and float down the river through the caves. View rock formations and a waterfall. Continue downstream for another 20 minutes in the rainforest after the cave.

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What people are saying about Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Our tour exceeded my expectations by far! Thank you Belize Caving Expeditions and especially our guide Marlon who was fabulous. He was so knowledgeable about the archeology and made our caving experience a total adventure. I can't say enough good things about it. Totally made our vacation memerable.

We loved this excursion and our guide Marlon! The tour through Xunantunich was extremely informative and we enjoyed the climb and view from the top! The cave tubing was exceptional - our guide went out of his way to make sure we each had an amazing experience.

Our tour guide Miguel was awesome & very knowledgeable on the history. The tour was planned out well. We enjoyed tubing along the Mopan river. Lunch was delicious as well! Definately recommend :)

The site was amazing. Eduardo knew so much about the history of the site and excavation process. We learned so much and his love of Mayan culture was contagious.

Great guide, made the tour not only informative but also entertaining. None of our questions went unanswered. The Mayan site is very interesting.