Xunantunich and Ambergris caye
Your fun-filled day of adventure will start the minute after you’ve hit the mainland and met up with guides who will be taking you to the amazing Xunantunich.
A must-visit even during the shortest stays in Belize, Xunantunich is a national treasure and the second largest ruin in the country. As you approach San Jose Succotz, you will see the little falls of the Mopan River winding along the road.
Locally crafted souvenirs, hammocks, and blankets are available from the many vendors waiting alongside the River where you board the hand-cranked ferry that has carried thousands to and from the serene beauty of this Maya Temple. The climb/drive up to Xunantunich begins on the other bank of the River.
The panoramic aerial views from atop ‘El Castillo’ can go on for miles and create the perfect opportunities for selfies and group photos. In addition, the wide-open ranges offer a lovely backdrop for proposals and weddings and have served as a location for a few films and telenovelas. Located between emerald forests, the temples are nestled among trees that may bloom in vibrant colors during the season, including red, yellow, orange, and pink.
Our next stop is Jaguar Paw:
Once at the outpost, you will meet your tour guides, who will issue inflatable tubes, headlamps, and life vests, followed by a quick orientation and safety briefing.
A 30 minute hike is up next, which includes:
• Wading through calming water streams.
• Trekking beneath the thick rainforest canopy on flat terrain; and
• Viewing the exotic flora and fauna that live in the area
At the entrance of the cave system, you’ll embark on an exhilarating tour through the mysterious Maya underworld. Inside, at the heart of ancient history, you’ll witness the crystalline stalagmites and stalactites lining the cave of Xibalba.
As you are guided through the darkness, you will experience all the sights, sounds, and even smells that the indigenous Maya did centuries before. (At the end, if you’re open to added adventure, ask your guide about a visit to the mini waterfall and swimming area!)
After leaving the falls, you’ll emerge into the sunlight and free float gently downstream back to where the tour started.
Then it’s on to zip-lining, which gives you a bird's-eye view of Belize’s expansive jungles while soaring through the treetops at high speed. After that, it’s a short walk over to the equipment area, where our expert guides will help outfit you with the required gear. You’ll then make your way over to the first platform, where an important safety briefing will follow, covering braking technique, balancing, and cable safety.
Once you’ve been safely harnessed, it’s READY SET GO – you’ll sail peacefully through the skies above the dense flora of western Belize, and a guide will be waiting for you at the next platform so you can continue along the tour.
It’s best to use comfortable shoes and clothing that will air dry quickly if you don’t want to bring along a change of clothing. If you opt to bring a change of clothes, bathroom facilities and showers are provided onsite, but it’s going to be a quick change as time doesn’t permit the leisure of a long shower.
After that, you are ready to go Nobody soap or rags provided
Guides may also give you the option of deciding whether you’ll want to zip first and then cool off by doing the tubing last.