If you ever wanted to learn a lot about the Maya here is your chance! We first explore the Mayan ruin of Xunantunich (pronounced Shu-nan-tu-nitch), or Stone Maiden. Located near the Guatemalan border, a hand-cranked ferry will take you across the river to this major ceremonial center situated high on a limestone ridge with a panoramic view of the Cayo District. The main pyramid, El Castillo, has detailed stucco friezes. After a full lunch we make our way to Cahal Pech, or Place of the Ticks. Cahal Pech was the royal family's residence around the same time that Xunantunich was at its height of power.
This medium-size Mayan center comprises 34 structures compacted in a small area covering slightly more than 2 acres. The site includes 7 plazas, 2 ball courts, 6 plain Stella and 1 alter, as well as temple pyramids. Moreover, it has the second oldest structure in the Mayan world. Cahal Pech was first developed during the Preclassic period (1000 BC to AD 200) and abandoned around 800 AD. This site offers a view over the city of San Ignacio on one side and over the Belize River valley on the other. By the end of the trip you'll be an expert on the Maya! (OK, almost!)
- Intensity: easy
- Departure time: 7:30 am
- Approximately return time: 5:00 pm
- Food/drinks: lunch, juice and water
- What to bring: sturdy shoes, camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, binoculars, field guide.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- All tours are accompanied by a licensed Belizean tour guide and include park entry fees, cookies and juice.
- Full day tours include lunch.
- A service charge and sales tax are included in rates.
- Please note we can arrange special tours upon request.
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