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Xunantunich Mayan Ruin and Cave Tubing from Placencia

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Placencia, Belize
Xunantunich Mayan Ruin and Cave Tubing from Placencia

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Take a break from beach combing and water sports to explore the ancient ruins and mysterious caves of the Cayo district on this full-day combo tour from Placencia. Visit the remnants of a once-mighty Mayan city at Xunantunich — where you can see all the way to Guatemala from the top of a pyramid — and then float through an underground network of caverns on a cave tubing adventure.
  • Combo Xunantunich and cave tubing tour from Placencia
  • Explore some of Belize's most impressive ancient Mayan ruins
  • Take in spectacular views from the top of a ceremonial pyramid
  • Hike through the jungle to reach an extensive cave network
  • Float among enchanting caverns on an underground river
  • Great way to experience highlights of the Cayo district in a single day
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Departure Point

Placencia, Placencia, Stann Creek

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Return Details

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After morning pickup at your Placencia hotel, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel up the coast and along the scenic Hummingbird Highway for about 3.5 hours to reach the heart of the Cayo district. Cross the Mopan River on a traditional hand-cranked ferry on the way to the hilltop archaeological site of Xunantunich. An important ceremonial site during the classic Mayan period, Xunantunich was the first such site in Belize to be open to the public and is among the country’s most impressive and well-preserved ruins.

Imagine the mighty city that once thrived here as you explore remnants of the plaza, royal palace, ball courts, and administrative buildings with your guide. If you're up for the challenge, hike to the top of the main temple for panoramic views of the Cayo and neighboring Guatemala. You may even see the trees below shaking with the movement of howler monkeys.

Then, take a voyage through what the ancient Maya considered to be the underworld on a cave tubing tour, one of Belize’s most popular adventures. Hike through the jungle to reach the mouth of an extensive cave network, and then float along an underground river on an inner tube. Watch the light from your headlamp flicker across mysterious rock and crystal formations as the gentle currents carry you along. After emerging back into daylight, relax on the return ride to your Placencia hotel.
Stop At:  
Xunantunich is a national treasure that fills its visitors with a sense of time travel. It sits close to Belize’s western border and is a must-visit. Local souvenirs, hammocks, and blankets are available from the many vendors waiting alongside the river at the entrance to the hand-cranked ferry that has carried many thousands to and from the calm beauty of this Maya Temple.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve
Once at the entrance of the cave system, it’s time for your ancient Maya underworld adventure. You’ll see intricate crystalline formations that line the cave with a majestic rise and fall of stalagmites and stalactites that add to the serene richness and grandiose of Xibalba as it’s known. After exiting the cave, you’ll emerge into the sunlight and free float downstream, ushered by the gentle current and little rapids, to the harmony of birds and natural wildlife which routes back to where the tour
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is require
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Private Belize Adventure

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Xunantunich Mayan Ruin and Cave Tubing from Placencia?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Xunantunich Mayan Ruin and Cave Tubing from Placencia?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Xunantunich Mayan Ruin and Cave Tubing from Placencia?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Xunantunich Mayan Ruin and Cave Tubing from Placencia?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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5 stars of fun and adventure!!
, Feb 2020
First of all, we can't say enough good things about our tour guide, Cus. He was punctual picking us up in Placencia and gave us so much interesting information about Belize and the culture on our way to xunantunich ruins. The drive was so relaxing, fun, and the 3 hours passed quickly. Once there, it was a short walk to the ruins. So majestic and amazing views from the top!! Watch out for rogue iguanas! Lol we spent over an our there checking it out and we saw and heard some howler monkeys! We got back in the car and drove 1.5 hours to the cave tubing site. We got rum drinks inside fresh coconuts and started the adventure. It was a 30 min beautiful walk through the jungle to the cave entrance. The caves were so large and incredible, much grander than we ever pictured. At that point we enjoyed a leisure float through the cave cool!! Once emerging from the caves, we continued floating back to the area where we started the walk so no walking back. The river was so beautiful and clear with beautiful green blue colors where it was deep. We decided to swim and truly enjoyed the refreshing water. The whole experience was definitely a high light of our honeymoon and we could not recommend it more. Thank you again Cus for an amazing, informative time and for the laughs too!!!
Our guide was awesome and...
Deborah M
, Sep 2017
Our guide was awesome and entertaining with good knowledge to share. Will definitely use them again on the next trip.!
Very good tour. Our guide was...
John H
, Jun 2017
Very good tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the everything we saw, including local facts along the drive to the ruins. We felt well taken care of at each set of the process. The ruins themselves were awesome. We also had a great tour guide for the cave tubing. He made every aspect of the tour interesting. Our guide brought use to a fabulous restaurant for lunch. I wish I could remember name of the delicious meal he recommended. overall I rate this tour - fantastic.

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