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Xunantunich ruins in Belize

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Rich in Maya culture and jungle beauty, this trip to Belize takes you into the Maya Mountains, to the ancient ruins of Xunantunich and Caracol, to the underground world of mystifying caves and beautiful beaches at Placencia. This trip is designed to introduce you to Maya culture and histories, but also includes plenty of hiking, caving, and other activities to keep your body and mind engaged and excited. End your Belize vacation with four days at your beachside hotel on the Placencia Peninsula - snorkeling, diving, or fishing by day and relaxing to the Caribbean rhythm in the evening. Welcome to Belize!
Hiking through the lush rain forestSnorkel the clear, tropical watersLooking up towards el Castillo at XunantunichBeach in BelizeSwimming with sharksView of the Belizean rainforest from Xunantunich ruinsMaya ruins at Xunantunich, BelizeCanoeing on the Rio MacalAll smiles exploring a cave in the Belizean jungleThe beginning of our cave-tubing experience!Snorkeling off Caye CaulkerReady to explore the ATM cave!Snorkeling off Ambergris CayeOn top of El Castillo at Xunantunich RuinsDay tour to the ATM cave near Pook's HillOn top of the Xunantunich ruinsView of Temple II-TikalGuide Miguel sharing information at Xunantunich ruinsTour of the Maya ruins at XunantunichHappy to be touring the Xunantunich ruins! Xunantunich ruins in Belize
  • Discover the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich
  • Canoe down the Rio Macal and spot Belizean wildlife
  • Visit the charming village of Placencia located on a 13-mile peninsula
  • Unwind on Belize's serene beaches for the ultimate relaxation
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Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.

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Day 1: Arrive in Belize

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. The 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 2-4: Belize Jungle Activities

These days are free for you to choose your activities. Spend your days exploring the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich and canoeing the Rio Macal. You can also go caving and ziplining, float through the Barton Creek Cave, or explore the mystery of the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave. Upgraded activities include the Tikal and Caracol Mayan ruins and the Black Hole drop. Click here to view the excursions.

Day 5: Placencia Peninsula

Enjoy your last morning in the jungle before transferring to your beach hotel on the Placencia peninsula. Along the way, stop at the Blue Hole National Park for lunch and a swim in the natural jungle pool. Settle into your beach side hotel and relax into the Belizean spirit.

Day 6-8: Free Days in Placencia

Known for its beautiful beaches, Placencia is a quiet, charming village located at the southern tip of the thirteen-mile peninsula. Your time is available for you to arrange activities locally or explore the quaint village. You can take a PADI scuba diver Resort Course, explore the peninsula by bicycle, rent a catamaran, or just relax on the beach. Placencia has plenty of services for daytime adventure and nighttime dining.

Day 9: Return Home

Fly back to Belize City this morning and connect with your return flight home.

*Please schedule your international flight to depart 12:30 PM or later this day.


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  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners, 1 Box Lunch
  • 8 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
  • Gratuities
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Internal Flight: Placencia - Belize City 


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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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