Arrive Cayo District
Upon arrival at Belize Airport for our transfer into the rainforest to our hotel/lodge.
Xunantunich and San Ignacio
Today we will take a tour to the famous site of Xunantunich, situated on the banks of the Mopan River.
Xunantunich means “Stone Woman” in Mayan language, and it was a thriving city near the end of the classic
Period (300‐900 A.D.). The tallest pyramid is the impressive 130 foot “El Castillo” – only exceeded in Belize by
the Cana pyramid at Caracol – and is well known for the band of stucco decoration which at one time extended
around the entire temple. The centre of the site is composed of six major plazas surrounded by more than 25
temples and palaces. After our private tour, we can take some time to explore the town of San Ignacio before
returning to the hotel.
Caracol, Río Frío Caves and Pools
For this tour we will drive to the beautiful Maya site of Caracol (Snail). Caracol is the largest site in Belize,
covering 30 square miles of jungle canopy. This colossal site includes five plazas, an astronomic observatory
and over 35,000 buildings that have been identified. The loftiest among them, a massive pyramid called Cana,
capped by three temples, rises more than 140 feet above the jungle floor. After touring the site with a picnic
lunch included we return to the hotel. On the way back we can stop and explore the Río‐On Pools and Río Frío
Caves if we wish to do so.
Barton Creek & Butterfly Farm or Actún Tunichil Muknal
Today, we can choose between an adventurous jungle experience to Actún Tunichil Muknal or a peaceful visit
to a tropical butterfly farm and a canoe ride through an intricate cave system. To visit Actun Tunichil Muknal
we will have an exciting 45 minute trek which includes traversing the jungle and wading across three streams.
Once at the entrance of the cave, some swimming is required as well as climbing and caving activity. In our
second option, we tour the beautiful butterfly sanctuary and learn about the species of this area. When we are
ready we continue on to the river at Barton Creek, where we gently paddle along the river in canoes into the
cave system known as Xibalba (Maya for Underworld). While floating past the crystal formations we hear the
explanation of the 7.5 Km. Cave system used for ceremonial purposes and as a burial site by the ancient Maya
Transfer to Airport via Belize Zoo and Flight to Ambergris Caye
We will fly to Ambergris Caye but not before stopping and visiting the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Centre,
started in 1983 in an effort to provide homes to a number of wild animals which had been used in making
documentary films about tropical forests. Today, the Belize Zoo is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savannah
and exhibits over 125 animals – all native to Belize. After our visit, we reach the Airport in time to catch our
flight to Ambergris Caye, where we will be transferred to our hotel.
Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley
Hol Chan means “Little Channel” in Mayan and is a natural break on the barrier reef where the ocean depth
ranges from 3 to 30 feet. Here, we will enjoy seeing the breath taking myriad of marine life and huge coral
garden, among which are flourishing stag horn corals and sea fans. Shark Ray Alley is a shallow water snorkel
where we will enjoy swimming with the harmless nurse sharks and southern stingrays ‐ this trip is a famous
snorkel trip and a "must do" for Belize. We have the afternoon at leisure to relax or explore the island on our
Free Day on the Beach
Enjoy your day at leisure
Today we fly back to the mainland with plenty of time for the flight out.