Xunantunich Maya Ruins & Cave Tubing
Xunantunich Maya Ruins
Journey into the Underworld
Images from the Ancient Maya
Xunantunich is an ancient Maya city which rivaled neighboring Tikal in strength and size. It is located in the village of San Jose Succotz near Belize's western border with Guatemala and the bustling market town of San Ignacio. In order to reach this impressive archaeological site, we will drive about three hours through the lush Hummingbird Highway dotted with small villages, orange orchards, and vast tracts of jungle. Then we head into the fertile farmland of the Cayo District and back into the hills where we cross the Mopan River on a hand cranked ferry and explore the ancient ruins on foot. Climb to the top of the the main temple and take in the stunning panoramic views.
From the highest temples, we then head east to explore the Caves Branch system, a complex system of caves and rivers which blend into a mysterious hidden world. this world was worshiped by the Maya of the past as a sacred place, the Underworld, home to spirits and gods. Evidence of ancient ceremonies is found in the artifacts that to this day are present in the cave system. Equipped with tubes and headlamps we float in and out of a series of caves carved into the ancient mountains by underground rivers. This is an adventure not to be missed!
WHAT TO BRING: Backpack, bug spray, towel, bathing suit, change of clothes, tennis shoes or hiking boots, river shoes, snack and water, sunscreen, sunglasses, dry bag
DEPARTURE from HOPKINS/PLACENCIA: 7 am
RETURN to HOPKINS/PLACENCIA: 5 pm (includes lunch and all park entrance fees, transportation and guide)
PRICE WITH GROUND TRANSFER (ROUNTRIP) from HOPKINS/PLACENCIA: US$145.00 per person