- Full-day trip to Xunantunich and Belize Zoo
- Scenic drive to the Cayo District
- Trip across the Mopan River by hand-cranked ferry
- Visit the impressive Maya site of Xunantunich
- Panoramic views from the top of El Castillo
- Lunch at a Cayo-area restaurant
- See native cats, primates, reptiles and birds at Belize Zoo
- Pick-up and drop-off from most Belize City hotels
What You Can Expect
To reach the hilltop ruins of Xunantunich, you’ll cross the Mopan River on a traditional hand-cranked ferry. Once inside the protected archaeological site, step back in time to the powerful peak of the Mayan civilization. Your guide will discuss daily life and religious practices of the Maya while you explore the city plaza, ball court, and ceremonial temples by foot.
The highlight of this ancient city is El Castillo, an imposing stone pyramid that rises out of the jungle and is the second tallest structure in the country. After a steep climb up stone stairways and through various passageways, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping panoramic views of the lush surrounding hillside, nearby villages along the Guatemalan border, and the excavated plaza. Keep an eye out for howler monkeys swinging in the treetops below.
Rest up with a lunch stop at a local Cayo District restaurant before hitting the road again. Your next stop is the Belize Zoo, which was originally founded as a sanctuary for animals that could no longer survive in the wild. Today, it is a successful wildlife education and conservation center and home to an impressive array of indigenous species. You'll be able to observe some of Belize’s famed rainforest residents, including jaguars, tapirs, spider monkeys, coatis, crocodiles, and blue-crowned mot-mots.
excellent, guide very very good
Rudi Thompson, our tour guide, made this trip not only enjoyable but memorable beyond words! He was so informative, supportive, friendly, funny, and tremendously good hearted. In short, he created a very happy day. You should clone him.
had great time at mayan ruins and wonderful visit at the Belize zoo!
The trip is nice. Xunantuich is smaller than Lamanai. But it is still worth visting. In addition, this is a wonderful combination that you can go to the zoo with the Mayan site. The zoo is small, but this is the only zoo I ever visited that I saw a Margray cat.
The tapirs in the zoo are also lovely.