It’s going to be an eventful day, so be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. This tour will start with a journey from your Hopkins Village accommodation. Our guides will be waiting on-site for you before heading off in air-conditioned transport 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 Maya Temple.
The panoramic views of the Cayo District and nearby Guatemala from atop ‘El Castillo’ are stupendous! Come with an open heart to experience simplicity and visiting another world for a few hours before heading off to Jaguar Paw for cave tubing & zip lining.
When you’ve arrived at the outpost, you will meet your tour guides who will issue inflatable tubes, headlamps, and life vests. You’ll be given a basic orientation and safety briefing before heading off on a 30-minute hike, which includes wading through a few knee-deep water streams.
Once at the entrance of the cave system, it’s time for your ancient Maya underworld adventure. 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.
After exiting the cave, 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.
There’s still more, though, as you’ll drop off your tubes and walk over to the zip lining equipment area where our expert guides will help outfit you in the required equipment. You’ll then make your way over to the first platform, where a critical safety briefing will follow, which covers braking technique, balancing, and cable safety.
READY! SET! GO! Push off from the wooden platform and zip along the aerial cable at the canopy level, where a guide will be waiting for you at the next platform. A couple of platforms into your Indiana Jones adventure, you’ll see the “hammock bridge” hanging almost 120 feet above the forest floor. Take in the tangled heart of Belize’s spellbinding and lush primeval forest, as the wide glade of trees falls away to reveal an infinite blue sky.
After this, the lines get faster and longer. This thrilling experience will add memorable photos to your album and is a must-do when visiting Belize. There’s a total of 7 lines, and the whole adventure lasts about 50 minutes.