Your fun-filled journey will start from your Hopkins accommodation where our guides will meet you before heading off to Xunantunich. A must-visit even during the shortest stays in Belize, Xunantunich is a national treasure and the second largest ruin in the country. Your arrival will be marked by the little falls of the Mopan River winding alongside the road through the village of San Jose Succotz. 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. The wide-open ranges offer a lovely backdrop for proposals and weddings and have served as a location for a few films and telenovelas. The temples are nestled in between lush rainforests whose trees may bloom vibrant red, yellow, orange, or pink in season. The next stop is at the Jaguar Paw Outpost! After a few exciting hours at the ruin, it’s on to the next stop at 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 get to 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.