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  • Location:Belize City, Belize
  • Duration:8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Xunantunich and The Belize Zoo

Imposing temples and exotic animals! Is it the latest Hollywood action movie? No, this time it's real and you're the star. Travel Belize by a hand-cranked ferry, see stunning Mayan ruins, and marvel at the majesty of the Belizean rainforests. And the wildlife? You'll see unique indigenous species in their natural habitat at the Belize Zoo.


  • 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

Xunantunich and The Belize Zoo

Kinkajou or 'Night Walker'

Departing Belize City, you'll travel along the scenic Western Highway enroute to the Cayo District and the impressive Mayan site of Xunantunich. Before reaching the entrance of this ancient city, you are hand-cranked across the Mopan River by a 19-century ferry.

"El Castillo" (the castle) is the largest temple at Xunantunich and shows its dominance by its towering height. From the top of "El Castillo" you'll have panoramic vistas of the surrounding rainforests in the Cayo District, as well as the bordering towns between Belize and Guatemala.

After a hot lunch at a Cayo-area restaurant, you'll head back toward Belize City. Along the way you will make a stop at the Belize Zoo, created as a sanctuary for the country's indigenous species.

The Belize Zoo was initially intended for animals which were injured or donated to the facility and could not be returned to the wild. The zoo is now home to an impressive array of large cats, primates, reptiles and birds. You'll have the opportunity to view Belize's prolific wildlife in one location.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

excellent, guide very very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2011

had great time at mayan ruins and wonderful visit at the Belize zoo!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

With the ferry out of service, we visited Cahal Pech instead of Xunantunich. At the zoo, our guide was known by all the animals.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2011

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.

Lynne R

4 star rating: Recommended February 2010

For both tours the guide was very pleasant and well-informed. I was the only participant on both tours. The tour to Xunantunich and the Belize Zoo was very good and I appreciated the fact that you ran the tour even though I was the only guest.
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