Xunantunich

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This site is home to the renowned 130-feet-tall temple, El Castillo, which offers incredible panoramic views of surrounding temples and views of both Belizean and Guatemalan landscapes. Xunantunich was a major ceremonial centre as well as a residential and recreational area for the ancient Maya civilization. There is a most impressive stucco frieze on the East side of the temple, whose carved elements represent astrological symbols.

INTENSITY: Easy to Moderate
DURATION: 2-3 Hours
WHAT TO BRING: Comfortable shoes (i.e., hiking shoes, sneakers, keens, etc.), comfortable clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, water, camera, binoculars (bird watchers)

Caracol

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Discovered in 1938 and later explored in the 1950s, Caracol was thought to be a little more than a Mayan ceremonial centre. It was not until more extensive excavation efforts in 1985 discovered the importance and prominence of this site. Caracol filled an important missing piece of Maya history by covering approximately 140 years of the Middle Classic period— highlighting this site as a supreme Maya city. This tour also showcases landmarks of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, a nature reserve featuring beautiful landscapes.


DURATION: 7-8 hours
INTENSITY: Moderate
WHAT TO BRING: Comfortable attire, extra change of clothes, comfortable shoes, water shoes, swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, extra water, camera, binoculars (bird watchers)

Tikal

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Located in the dense tropical jungles of the Petén region of Guatemala, Tikal is the largest and a spectacular Mayan site. Extensive excavation and restoration has revealed the grandeur of this past civilization. An abundance of tropical birds, monkeys and other wildlife can also be seen while exploring the trails throughout the site.


DURATION: 7-8 hours
INTENSITY: Moderate
WHAT TO BRING: Passport, comfortable clothing, comfortable shoes, sunglasses, hat, bug spray, sunscreen, extra water, camera, spare cash

Xunantunich & Cahal Pech

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This tour takes you to nearby Maya sites to showcase the architecture and centres developed by the ancient Mayans in the Cayo District. The tour features visits to two of San Ignacio’s landmarks— the Xunantunich and Cahal Pech temples, two very popular sites amongst archaeologists. During this combination tour, you’ll learn about the rich culture of the Mayans and witness infrastructures that have persisted for many centuries.


DURATION: 4-5 hours
INTENSITY: Easy to Moderate
WHAT TO BRING: Comfortable shoes (i.e., hiking, sneakers, keens, etc.), comfortable clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, water, camera, binoculars (bird watchers)