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Mopan River Kayaking and Xunantunich Tour from San Ignacio

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San Ignacio, Belize
Mopan River Kayaking and Xunantunich Tour from San Ignacio

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English


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.
  • Great way to experience highlights of the Cayo in one day
  • Small group limited to 15 ensures a more personalized experience
  • All kayaking and safety equipment provided
  • Lunch included
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Professional guide
Small-group tour (maximum of 15)
Use of equipment
Snacks and beverages
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

6 Far W St, San Ignacio, Belize

Ground floor of Elviras Building by Ervas Restaurant

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and small group of no more than 15 at a central location in San Ignacio Town, and begin with an expedition to Xunantunich, one of Belize’s largest and most impressive archaeological sites. Learn about the history of the ancient Mayan city that was once home to up to 10,000 people and formed an important Mesoamerican trading hub. Explore the ruins of palaces, plazas, and ball courts, and climb to the top of the main stone temple for views across the border into Guatemala and above the rainforest canopy. Keep an eye out for wild black howler monkeys swinging through the trees.

Midday, recharge with a picnic lunch, and walk to the nearby launch point on the Mopan River. Gear up with a provided helmet, paddles, and life vest, and set off down the river in a kayak, at first enjoying the scenery of passing Belizean villages on a relatively calm stretch. Then, get your adrenaline pumping as you navigate class I river rapids with the help of your guide. The river also winds through the surrounding jungle, providing a scenic perspective on the native landscape.

After reaching the end of your Mopan River journey, relax on the ride back to the original departure point in San Ignacio.
Stop At:  
After hotel pickup in San Ignacio in the morning, it’s just a 15-minute drive down the Western Highway aboard your air-conditioned vehicle. When you reach the town of San Jose Succotz, board a wooden ferry for the short trip across the Mopan River. Let your guide inform you about the ferry’s interesting hand-crank technology, which dates back to the 19th century. As you cross the emerald waters of the river, look for large green iguanas under the foliage or lazing on the forested riverbank
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for child aged 7 and under
  • A maximum of 15 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Belize Family Adventure

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


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Bad experience
, Aug 2019
Our guide Louise was not friendly and not helpful. There was not any private area for us to change our cloth after the kayaking. Also he offer us the lunch in bad area with a lot of animal poops and bad smell which we declined .. it was really bad experience . I will not advice going with this company .
We were very fortunate to have Eddie...
Barbara M
, Feb 2018
We were very fortunate to have Eddie as our guide. It was just my husband, myself and Eddie on this tour. The ruins are compact and close to San Ignacio. Eddie was very informed about the ruins and equally versed in kayaking down the white rapids. The Mopan River can be very tough. My husband fell out of his kayak several times and Eddie was there for the rescue. Take this trip only if you are willing to fall off your kayak and get wet, Take this river seriously and have a great time. The scenery is beautiful.
We had an amazing time. Luis and...
carrie c
, Feb 2018
We had an amazing time. Luis and Jose were perfect partners during the day and ran everything smoothly. They made the day feel extra special. They gave us the best time and a lifetime of memories. We are so happy we found this tour and still smiling from the experience!

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