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Extend your trip for a few days by journeying into the Belizean rainforest. Visit the Belize Zoo enroute to your jungle retreat. Go deep into the Maya underworld with an unforgettable adventure into Actun Muknal Tunichil cave. 
Leaving the cathedral of the Actun Tunichil Muknal caveCabanas at Pook's Hill LodgeCanoeing on the Rio MacalMaking friends with a macaw at the Belize ZooRainforest waterfalls and crystal-clear swimming holes!I won't mess with those teeth!Kayaking Boom Creek Iguana spotted on a birding tourActun Tunichil Muknal cave entranceGuide Miguel sharing information at Xunantunich ruinsRuins at XunantunichA couple prepares to climb El Castillo at Xunantunich RuinsHappy to be touring the Xunantunich ruins!
Highlights
  • Explore the pristine forest and lush vegetation of the Mayan Mountains
  • Discover the Mayan underworld in the ATM cave
  • Paddle down the Rio Macal in search of wildlife
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Belize Zoo | Jungle Lodge

Arrive at the Belize City airport and transfer to your jungle retreat. Along the way stop at the Belize Zoo, where in typical Belizean fashion animals roam 29 acres in large natural enclosures. Your jungle lodge is tucked next to the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and Roaring River. Surrounded by pristine forest, your days at the lodge are filled with natural discoveries exploring the lush vegetation of the Maya Mountains and the mysteries beneath.

Day 2: Rio Macal and Xunantunich

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a leisurely morning, set out down the Macal River for your first introduction to Belizean wildlife. Your guide will help you spot iguanas, peccaries, coati mundis and a myriad of bird life. After lunch in town, you will visit the Maya ruins of Xunantunich, once a major ceremonial site and the second tallest ruin in Belize. From atop, enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Cayo District of Guatemala.

Day 3: Actun Muknal Tunichil Cave

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We wake early for our unforgettable adventure into the Maya underworld. We begin our journey from our lodge doors, crossing creeks and journeying deep into the Belizean jungle to the opening of the sacred Actun Tunichil Muknal - the Cave of the Stone Sepulcher. At the entrance we gear up with helmets and waterproof headlamps, then wade into the emerald colored water flowing from the cave's gaping mouth. Our journey follows the river's flow through wet and dry caves encased in hanging stalactites and towering stalagmites. Our final destination is the spectacular primary chamber where ancient kings and priests made blood sacrifices to appease the Maya gods. Our lights illuminate the ghostly outlines of skeletal ritual victims and scattered ceramic shards of ancient rituals. Tunichil is an active archeological site, so we're careful not to disturb the sleeping skeletons and ceramic pieces before returning to the light above ground. Those preferring life above ground can choose from a variety of alternative excursions.

Day 4: Return to Belize City

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast transfer back to Belize City to catch your flight home or continue on with other travels.

Accommodations

Jade Jungle Resort (Formerly Pook's Hill)

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gear rental in Jade Jungle Resort
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.
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