Tour Meeting Point: Travel by air or boat to Belize City, where your guide will be waiting to meet you to start your tour!
From San Pedro Ambergris Caye
By Boat: Boat departes San Pedro at 7:30am / travel time is approx 75mins one way.
By Air: Flight departes San Pedro at 8:00am / travel time is approx 15mins one way.
From Belize City: Pickup at your hotel, and travel west to the village of San Jose Succotz. Travel time by road approximately 1.5 hours
From San Ignacio and surrounding areas in the Cayo District. Travel time Approximately 45 minutes.
Your air conditioned tour van rolls along the Western Highway through first, the flat terrain of the coastal plain of Belize, and then gradually through the hilly countryside, past the New Capital City of Belmopan, along Creole and Meztiso Villages, passing the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout with their beautifully kept farmlands, through San Ignacio/Santa Elena, twin towns of the Cayo District and across the Macal River, and finally to the southern banks of the Mopan River.
Here you will cross over by hand operated ferry, and move to Xunantunich and travel a mile uphill, with lush tropical rainforest on either side of the road and at the site.
Your tour of Xunantunich takes you across grassy plazas, marvel at the perfect architecture of El Castillo, one of the three largest Maya Temples of Belize, and the largest structure at Xunantunich, standing 130 feet above plaza level, with its reconstructed East and West friezes representing Gods of the Maya and several inner chambers; move through other temples and courtyards where once Kings, Queens and their elite carried out special ceremonies honoring a pantheon of gods of a fantastic cosmological religion which reigned supreme in Mesoamerica for several thousand years.
Xunantunich has an excellent display center at the site, and you will have a chance to climb the “stairway to heaven” on El Castillo, from the top of which you will be able to see as far away as the “Melchor de Mencos” border town of nearby Guatemala, as well as a Benque Viejo del Carmen and San Jose Succotz, a town and village of Western Belize. Truly, the top of the world of the Maya!
After your tour of Xunantunich you will travel by van back to the town of San Ignacio where you will enjoy a local lunch before journeying back to your start destination.
From Belize City: 5.5hrs
From San Pedro by air: 6 hrs
From San Pedro by boat 8hrs
What to bring along: Comfortable Shoes, Insect Repellant, Cap, Sunblock.
What is provided: Transportation, Guide, Park Entrance Fees, Light Refreshments, Complementary Lunch
Minimum Number of persons 4
From Belize City:US85.00
From San Pedro by air: add US59.00
From San Pedro by boat: add US30.00