Hotel pickups will begin at 7:30am. Free hotel pickup for hotels located within town limits. Additional charges may apply for pickups at hotels that are out of town. Tours leaves San Ignacio Town at 8:30am.
This combination tour includes a visit to a Maya Temple and a Maya Ceremonial Cave. Our knowledgeable and friendly Belizean driver/guide will drive you to the beautiful village of San Jose Succotz. Here you will cross the Mopan River on a hand cranked ferry. XUNANTUNICH, pronounced shoo-nan-tu-nich means “Maiden of the Rock”. It gets its name from a legendary folktale about the ghost of a woman who as locals have it inhabited the sacred grounds as far back as the late 1800’s.
A classic period (300 – 900AD) ceremonial center located just a stone’s throw away from San Ignacio makes this one of the most accessible Maya Temples in the area. Xunantunich boasts Belize’s second largest Maya structures named El Castillo (the castle) standing 130 feet and offering an astonishing panoramic view of the Maya Mountains.
Here you will find yourself immersed in pristine jungle surroundings, home of howler monkeys, spider monkeys, birds and iguanas. While exploring along with your guide, you will learn about the history of this site and the Maya civilization that once inhabited it.
After lunch, there is a a forty-five minute scenic drive to the Archaeological Site of Barton Creek Cave passing through a few Maya Villages along the way. This cave was once an ancient Maya burial site and it's only accessible by canoe. Minimal physical activity is required as you glide along gently. Formations of stalactites and stalagmites found inside are incredible!! Evidence of use by the Maya exists on ten ledges within the first kilometer of passage. Pottery shards indicate use between the Early Classic (200 to 600 AD) to the Late Classic (600 to 900 AD) periods. The remains of at least 28 humans have been found within the cave.
This combination tour is slow paced, educational, and fun for all ages.
Things to bring along: Cool, Comfortable Clothing, Hiking / Tennis Shoes, Camera, Bug Spray, Sun Block Lotion
Inclusive of: Transportation, park fees, equipment, professional guide, purified water, sodas and lunch