Xunantunich Cave Tubing and Belize Zoo:
Your fun-filled journey will start from your Placencia accommodation where our guides will meet you before heading off to Xunantunich. Xunantunich is a national treasure that fills its visitors with a sense of time travel. It sits close to Belize’s western border and is a must-visit. Local souvenirs, hammocks, and blankets are available from the many vendors waiting alongside the river at the entrance to the hand-cranked ferry that has carried many thousands to and from the calm beauty of this Maya Temple.
Xunantunich offers many opportunities for amazing selfies and group photos. The panoramic views of the Cayo District and nearby Guatemala from atop ‘El Castillo’ are stupendous! Come with a genuine heart to experience simplicity and exploring another world for a few hours before heading off to your Jaguar Paw cave tubing experience.
Once at the outpost, you will contact your local tour guides who will issue inflatable tubes, headlamps, and life vests. You’ll be typically given a primary orientation and safety briefing before heading off on a 30-minute hike which includes wading through a few knee-deep water streams. Don’t let the hike worry you, though; in a way mostly on flat terrain, it is enjoyable and informative. The rainforest canopy, tour guides will point out flora and fauna noteworthy to the area.
When you reach the principal entrance of the extensive cave system, it’s time for your cave tubing adventure through the ancient Maya underworld. Indoors, you’ll see intricate crystalline formations, that line the cave with a majestic rise and fall. Of stalagmites and stalactites that add to the serene richness and grandiose of Xibalba as it’s known. If there’s time, and you’re open to added adventure, our guides may stop at the mini waterfall and swimming area. After leaving the falls, you’ll emerge into the sunlight and free float downstream, ushered by the gentle current and little rapids. To the harmony of birds and natural wildlife which routes back to where the tour started.
Xunantunich Cave Tubing and Belize Zoo
It’s then on to the Belize Zoo before heading back home. The Belize Zoo is a small zoo with a big heart. Every species is placed in similar habitats to what their natural surroundings would be if they were still in the wild. Birds fly high in natural, enclosed canopies. Crocodilian reptile lounge about in pools made just for them. The magnificent Jabiru Stork stakes its outrageous claim to used lots of personal space and may even fluff its huge wingspan for a controversial show. The Jaguar, Mountain Lion, and other wild cats blend into the confined space provided for them and may come out for amazing photo opportunities.
Here you can get a look at the national animal, the Tapir (Mountain Cow), and smell why the peccary has its own place in the Belize Kriol language. You will feel as if you are truly in the jungles of Belize. The Belize Zoo is a fun individual and family trip. Even if you have visited many other zoos, the exotic flora and fauna of this little zoo will win you over.