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With the hills, rivers, waterfalls, rain forest, and caves of Belize’s Cayo District all just a short hop away, San Ignacio town makes an ideal base for adrenaline addicts searching for adventure. From ziplining over the jungle canopy to spelunking through subterranean caves, here are a few of the outdoor activities on offer. 

Caving
Beneath the thick jungles of the Cayo District is a network of underground cave systems, many of which were used by the ancient Maya people for ceremonial purposes. Different caves offer different types of adventures. Some can be explored on cave tubing tours, allowing visitors to float through the hidden watery chambers. Others, such as Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM), require more strenuous activities, such as swimming through watery channels, climbing up rocky ledges, squeezing through narrow passageways, and scrambling through chambers still strewn with Maya artifacts. 

Ziplining
There are few more exhilarating ways to take in the jungle scenery than hurtling over the forest canopy on a zipline. Swing from treetop platform to treetop platform on wires suspended high above the forest floor, admiring views of the rain forest normally available only to birds and high-climbing monkeys. 

Horseback Riding
The foothills, jungles, and riversides near San Ignacio are best explored by eco-friendly means, such as horseback riding. Hit the saddle for jungle treks that lead to caves, waterfalls, sinkholes, ancient burial chambers and temples, and elevated lookouts with panoramic views of the Maya ruin–dotted landscapes.

Canoeing and Kayaking
With waterways providing access to dense jungle areas that are otherwise difficult to reach, canoeing and kayaking simply make sense here. Paddle down the Macal, Belize, or Mopan River and look out for animals such as howler monkeys, toucans, and iguanas along the shoreline. Some paddling excursions venture inside Barton Creek Cave. During these adventure tours, participants navigate watery cave passages by the light of a headlamp, passing by crystal formations and remnants of old Maya sites. 

Exploring Maya Sites
The Maya civilization, which extended throughout much of Central America and reached its peak in the first millennium AD, was particularly concentrated in the Cayo District. Explore ancient archaeological sites, such as Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, and Caracol, where you can climb up old stone temples, wander across ancient plazas, and visit old tomb sites. 
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Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic

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Explore the cave of the crystal sepulcher on a full-day tour to Actun Tunichil Muknal from San Ignacio, and discover a spiritual site that was sacred to the ancient Maya. Learn about the traditions and rites that took place in the cave system and visit the crystallized remains of an ancient ceremonial victim as you hike deep into the cave with a professional guide. Swim through a spring-fed pool, and follow tunnels, passageways and yawning chambers lined with stalactites, stalagmites, ancient ceramics and stoneware.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.70
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$107.70
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Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave with Local Lunch from San Ignacio

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Journey into the heart of the Mayan underworld at the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave. Departing from San Ignacio, this guided, action-packed 9-hour tour kicks off with a 45-minute, physically intense jungle hike through the Tapir Nature Reserve to the entrance of the cave. Swim, climb, and spelunk your way through astonishing caverns into the depths of the cave, where you’ll get an up-close look at artifacts and offerings used in ancient Mayan ceremonies. Round-trip transport and riverside lunch are included. Please note this tour isn't recommended for those with a fear of enclosed spaces or heights.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Farm Riding Tour AND Xunantunich tour

Farm Riding Tour AND Xunantunich tour

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Ride a horse to the Maya ceremonial center of Xunantunich on a 4-hour private tour from a legendary riding stable in San Ignacio. Follow your guide along the gentle Mopan River, and watch for tropical birds and howler monkeys among the trees. Enjoy a sweeping view of the Xunantunich complex, then spend an hour at the fascinating site; take in the towering El Castillo pyramid and enjoy the serenity of the rural spot as you ride through the partially excavated ruins before returning to San Ignacio.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Full-Day Cave Tubing, Including a Picnic

Full-Day Cave Tubing, Including a Picnic

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Float down a pristine river in the heart of the jungle with a full-day tubing and caving trip from San Ignacio. Strap on a helmet equipped with a waterproof headlamp, and hike into a cave entrance surrounded by lush foliage. Follow a gentle stream through a series of cavern passages, learn about the rich Maya history of the region, then enjoy a cool swim in the clear water. Visit a final cave to see a thriving bat colony and fantastic rock formations before returning to San Ignacio.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.16
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$96.16
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Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure Tour

Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure Tour

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Feel like a jungle explorer as you cruise through the wild forests of Belize’s Cayo district on a pontoon boat. Float down a river that winds through the mystical Maya Mountains, stopping to swim and cliff jump at three different tropical waterfalls buried deep in the rain forest. A fresh Belizean lunch cooked right on board the pontoon completes this fantastic full-day adventure.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.70
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$130.70
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Cave Tubing and Jungle Zip Lining Through Belize

Cave Tubing and Jungle Zip Lining Through Belize

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Float through a flooded cave system then soar through the jungle canopy on a full-day combination tubing and ziplining adventure from San Ignacio with a small group. Hike through a lush forest to reach the Caves Branch River, then float alongside your guide as you explore the natural formations, glittering crystals and stalactites inside a spacious series of caverns. Swap your inner tube for a harness, then strap in to a series of exciting ziplines that take you from tree to tree with a bird’s-eye view of the forest floor. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.85
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$153.85
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Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio

Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio

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Explore the dominion of the ancient Maya in Belize on a full-day tour from San Ignacio. Climb to the top of sacred pyramids and learn about the once-mighty civilization at the archaeological site of Xunantunich, and enter a portal to the Mayan underworld on a cave tubing adventure that takes you splashing through the crystalline caverns of an underground cave system. Round-trip transport from San Ignacio Town and lunch are included on this tour.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00
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Actun Tunichil Muknal with Local Tour guide & Belizean Lunch

Actun Tunichil Muknal with Local Tour guide & Belizean Lunch

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locals and trained Tour guides conduct the tour and share their local knowledge. experience authentic Belizean Lunch while being on a small group. enjoy the ride on Air-condition vehicle.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.44
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$97.44

Belize Cave Tubing Adventure from San Ignacio

Belize Cave Tubing Adventure from San Ignacio

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Take a relaxing ride down a river to explore magnificent limestone formations on this 3-hour Belize cave-tubing adventure. A short hike along a jungle trail will lead you to the refreshing waters, where you’ll enjoy a swim, and then hop aboard your inner tube. Accompanied by an expert guide, float through an underground cave system used by the ancient Mayans to access their mythological underworld, Xibalba. Round-trip transport from your San Ignacio hotel is included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00
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Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve from San Ignacio

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve from San Ignacio

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Discover pristine forests, limestone caves and scenic waterfalls on a full-day trip to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve from San Ignacio. Visit the hidden source of the Rio Frio river, then slip into the water at a series of natural pools and rock slides. Pause for a picnic lunch before continuing to Big Rock Falls, a 150-foot (46-meter) waterfall that gives off a cooling spray of mist as it tumbles into a clear, deep swimming hole, then return to San Ignacio through the rugged mountain terrain.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.16
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$96.16
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Xunantunich Temples and Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure

Xunantunich Temples and Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure

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Climb one of Belize's tallest temples and learn the history of the ancient Mayan civilization on a tour of Xunantunich, a hilltop archaeological site near San Ignacio. After walking among the ruins of ball courts and royal palaces, head to a tucked-away forest reserve for a jungle pontoon cruise. It's an eco-friendly way to explore the Belizean rain forest, complete with waterfalls, tubing, and cliff jumping for the adventurous. 
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$165.35
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$165.35
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Horseback Ride to the Forgotten Jungle City

Horseback Ride to the Forgotten Jungle City

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Venture deep into Belize’s rain forest to the ‘Forgotten Jungle City’ of Minanha on a full-day horseback riding adventure from San Ignacio. Trek through the Maya Mountains on a trusty steed to reach the archaeological site, where you can explore hidden caves, ceremonial temples, and burial chambers left behind by an ancient Mayan civilization.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins Including Traditional Lunch

Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins Including Traditional Lunch

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Journey to the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich atop a trusty steed on a half-day horseback riding adventure from San Ignacio. Ride along the Mopan River and through a private organic farm for a unique way to reach the fascinating archaeological site, where you can explore the remains of royal palaces and one of Belize’s largest ceremonial temples with a guide. A typical Belizean lunch caps off the morning tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.16
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$96.16
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Barton Creek Cave Canoeing and Big Rock Falls Combo with Lunch

Barton Creek Cave Canoeing and Big Rock Falls Combo with Lunch

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Visit the Barton Creek Cave and Big Rock Falls on this all-day combination tour from San Ignacio. First, head to the cave, an ancient Mayan burial site that’s accessible by an easy canoe ride. After exploring this popular tourist destination, drive to Big Rock Falls, located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, and take a dip in the pools at the bottom of this 150-foot (46-meter) waterfall.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.47
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$138.47
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Xunantunich Maya Pyramid and Barton Creek Cave canoeing combo

Xunantunich Maya Pyramid and Barton Creek Cave canoeing combo

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Climb to the top of Belize’s second-tallest ancient pyramid and canoe to a sacred Mayan cave on this combo tour from San Ignacio. At the Xunantunich archaeological site, take in the views from atop the ‘El Castillo’ temple and see the ruins of royal palaces. A drive through modern Mayan villages takes you the entrance of Barton Creek Cave, once a sacred site for burials and ceremonies. The cave is only accessible by canoe, but it's a gentle ride, making this a great option for all ages and fitness levels.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.72
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$148.72
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Caracol Day Trip & Water Fall from San Ignacio

Caracol Day Trip & Water Fall from San Ignacio

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Awaken your inner archaeologist as you explore the sprawling Mayan ruins of Caracol. Departing from San Ignacio, you’ll journey deep into the jungles of Belize to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve — home to one of the largest Mayan sites in the country. Your expert guide will illuminate the fascinating history of Caracol, which was once a mighty city and a rival of neighboring Tikal in Guatemala. Explore magnificent plazas, temples, palaces, and an observatory while learning about the social and religious practices of the ancient Mayans. Round-trip transport from your San Ignacio hotel is included on this full-day tour.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$115.00
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$115.00
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Cave Tubing at Nohoch Che' en Caves Reserve

Cave Tubing at Nohoch Che' en Caves Reserve

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If you are visiting Belize and enjoy cave tubing, kayaking and Zip lining Nohoch Che’en caves located at Caves Branch is definitely one of the ten top things to do in Belize. Our country holds the largest cave system in Central America and the Caves Branch forms part of this natural wonder. In 2010 Nohoch Che’en or Caves Branch was declared a 15.5 acre archaeological reserve by the Belize government. Many caves are located in this area including Petroglyph, Pothunters, Satabe, Footprints, St. Margret’s Cave, Pottery Cave, and Caves Branch Rock Shelter among others.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.18
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$87.18

Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park Day Trip from San Ignacio

Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park Day Trip from San Ignacio

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Explore the mysteries of the Mayan underworld with an expedition to Crystal Cave in Belize’s Blue Hole National Park. On this full-day trip from San Ignacio, a professional guide will lead you along a lush jungle trail to the cave entrance, where you’ll spelunk your way through glistening limestone formations and encounter ceremonial artifacts left behind by the ancient Maya. When you emerge back into the daylight, take a refreshing dip in the beautiful Blue Hole, a natural sinkhole surrounded by towering tropical forest. Lunch and round-trip transport from San Ignacio are included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
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$110.00
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Cave Tubing with local tour Guide and Belizean Lunch

Cave Tubing with local tour Guide and Belizean Lunch

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learn about local use of plants while hiking to the starting point for Cave Tubing. hear the importance of the Cave to the Mayas and also local knowledge of the Maya Culture. Tube into several cave, swim to the secret chamber and observe Maya Artifacts and Beautiful Cave Formation.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.18
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$87.18
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Farm Horseriding, Xunantunich & Cave Tubing from San Ignacio

Farm Horseriding, Xunantunich & Cave Tubing from San Ignacio

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Experience the unspoiled wonders of Belize's countryside and jungle on this combo adventure from San Ignacio. First, explore the open savannah and wildlife-rich wooded trails on a horseback riding tour, then hike through the lush lowland forest to reach the Caves Branch River for a classic cave tubing float. It's a great way to explore the best of the Cayo, complete with a delicious Belizean lunch in between activities.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$160.00
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$160.00
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Caracol with Rio Frio Cave and Big Rock Falls From San Ignacio

Caracol with Rio Frio Cave and Big Rock Falls From San Ignacio

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Venture to the heart of ancient Mayan civilization at Caracol, Belize’s largest archaeological site. Travel through the forests and savannah of the Mountain Pine Ridge to reach the sprawling ruins, where you’ll explore the remnants of royal palaces, plazas, and mighty temples with a guide. The adventure continues with stops to marvel at the glittering caverns of Rio Frio Cave and take a refreshing swim at the base of Big Rock Falls.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.03
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Mopan River Kayaking and Xunantunich Tour from San Ignacio

Mopan River Kayaking and Xunantunich Tour from San Ignacio

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Experience the ancient history and wild landscapes of Belize’s Cayo District on this small-group kayaking and temple combo tour from San Ignacio. Walk among the ruins of a once-mighty Mayan civilization at the archaeological site of Xunantunich, and then test your paddling skills as you kayak down the rapids of the Mopan River. It’s a great way to get your fill of culture and adventure in a single day.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00

Xunantunich & Cave Tubing Adventure from San Ignacio

Xunantunich & Cave Tubing Adventure from San Ignacio

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Take a ride down the scenic Mopan River on this guided tubing adventure from San Ignacio. The gentle river currents will take you past a traditional Belizean village into the subtropical forest, where you can spot a variety of native plant and wildlife species. Be on the lookout for iguanas, fish, and exotic birds while you relax in your tube on this 2-hour tour. Get your adrenaline pumping when you cruise down a stretch of easy rapids. Round-trip transport from your San Ignacio hotel is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.00
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$130.00
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Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park

Day Trip To Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park

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Discover some of Belize’s top natural attractions with ease on an 8.5-tour of Crystal Cave (Mountain Cow Cave) in the Blue Hole National Park from San Ignacio. Following a moderately challenging hike, you’ll descend to Xibalba, the reputed entrance to the Mayan underworld, and marvel at stalagmites, stalactites, and crystal formations. Plus, you’ll swim in the Blue Hole and enjoy a hearty lunch accompanied by rum punch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$124.36
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$124.36
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