This six days Archaeological Adventure tour will take you through significant Maya sites in Belize and the unequaled Tikal in Guatemala.
Our specialist tour guides will help you discover the architecture, art, customs and believes of the Maya Civilization that flourished in the tropical forest of Mesoamerica.
Besides the cultural richness of the destination, the tropical rainforest inhabits a unique wildlife that will improve your experience in the heart of the Mayan world.
This archaeological adventure designed for small groups, families, and free, independent travelers looking for history, culture, nature, and adventure, and could be easily tailored to match your expectations and special requests.
- Belize Arrival
- Xunantunich – Cahal Pech
- Caracol & Mountain Pine Ridge Tour
- Actun Tunichil Muknal
- Tikal National Park
- Lamanai Day Tour – Back home!
Day 1: Arrival to Belize
Arrival to Belize city airport, meet and greet and transfer towards to your lodge located in San Ignacio District.
Belize is a part of historical past hidden away from the countries of the Caribbean coastline, known for its sense of English colonial elegance and Victorian constructions.
Belize city extends beyond from the shoreline about one-third of the way along the coastline, linked through the swing bridge; Belize city broken into two sides by Haulover Creek, a tributary of the Belize River.
Five nights at Black Rock Lodge or similar
Day 2: Xunantunich – Cahal Pech
After breakfast transfer to Xunantunich archaeological site from where our adventure begins.
Xunatunich is located across the Mopan river, from the village of San Jose Succotz, near Belize’s western border and just 9.6 km from San Ignacio Town. To reach the site a small hand-cranked ferry carried visitors towards the place entrance.
The center of Xunantunich sits on artificially leveled limestone ridge that stands almost 183 meters above sea level. From this core area, the place radiates outward, encompassing settlements that extend for several square kilometers.
Our guided tour will visit the epicenter that consists of four major architectural groups (A, B, C, and D.) being the most prominent the group A, which is dominated by the 40 meters tall structure A6 or El Castillo.
This massive structure is a sizeable multi-complex building that served as a residence, shrine, and management center for the elite rulers of the center.The easter and western summit of El Castillo have large stucco friezes with carved elements that primarily represent astronomical symbols.
The whole site offers a phenomenal archeological and nature experience in the Mayan World.
After the guided tour of Xunantunich, we will head towards Cahal Pech; which is located within a beautiful forest environment, on an imposing hill that overlooks the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio.
Our archaeological tour continues visiting the central precinct of Cahal Pech that consists of a small area that covers slightly more than two acres.
Most of the structures are located around seven courtyards and include tall temple pyramids and several range-type building or palaces.
The tallest temple is the structure A1 which stands 77 feet high. The site also contains two ballcourts, eight plain and one carved stela, and one altar.
Day 3: Caracol & Mountain Pine Ridge Tour
Early Transport towards the Mountain Pine Ridge Spot, an impressive scenery of rolling pine forest distributed around smooth granite hillsides, a marginally peculiar region with battalions of uniform pine occasionally dissected by fire breaks and broadleaf gallery forest.
Travel towards the Rio On pools and flows in which visitors can relax going swimming within the refreshing pools or to stay in their natural Jacuzzi. Guests may also fall a natural water slide or have a hydro-massage beneath a waterfall.
Following this exciting trip, an hour or so transport towards archaeological site of Caracol that is found on the western side of the Maya Mountains, inside the Chiquibul Forest Reserve.
The expedition begins in the most important archeological site in Belize, covering 30 sq. Miles of substantial canopy rainforest, and contains five plazas, an astronomic observatory, causeways, and several buildings.
The loftiest among them, a massive pyramid knowns as Caana, remains one of the most extensive human-made structures in Belize. Its complex architecture includes buildings that were used for administrative, residential and ritual purposes.
During the archaeological expedition, the possibility of an encounter with the tropical fauna is a plus.
Day 4: Actun Tunichil Muknal
Transfer to Actun Tunichil Muknal known as the “Cave of the Stone Sepulcher,” that is it considered one of the most remarkable caverns in the Maya Lowlands. The Sacred cave placed in the center of the Belizean Jungle; this cave had been a holy location to the ancient Maya of Belize.
On arrival, you are going to be equipped with all the required gear for your Caving Adventure. During Three hours, climbing and caving are going to be essential activities you might enjoy.
You will be pleased with this particular fantastic cave which consists of a cave system with a group of chambers, finishing inside a 300 by 50-meter Cathedral in which sacrificial rituals once took place.
Here you will be able to journey to the Mayan past and experience a living museum in which the human sacrifices and artifacts can see in their original context.
Then we will take a forty-five minutes journey throughout the dense Jungle within the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and sort across three streams, discovering the animals and plants of the Rainforest are going to be an essential activity to end the adventure.
Day 5: Tikal National Park
Early transfer towards the western border then towards to Tikal National Park, in which we will start the guided expedition going through the most significant city in the Mayan world, a blend of nature and archaeology.
Abounding fauna, the Mayan forest, millennial temples silent witnesses of the birth and splendor and also of the fall of one of the most significant civilizations in the world, all of this is within our trip to Tikal, The City of the Voices. Right after the excursion, we are going to return to your lodge in San Ignacio District.
Day 6: Lamanai Archaeological Tour – Back home
Today you are going to be transported to Lamanai archaeological site, which is considered one of Belize’s largest ceremonial centers.
The name “Lamanai” originates from the word “submerged crocodile” in the Mayan language, and lots of representations of the crocodile found throughout this site. This site, located along the New River Lagoon, features monumental architecture of temples and palaces dating from the Classic and PreClassic Periods.
The central section of the site covers around half an sq. Mile. The central area in addition to the residential and various small buildings dispersed over 950 acres that are the new dimensions of the recognized archaeological reserve.
After the archaeological tour at Lamanai, you will be transferred to the Belize international airport on time to catch your flight back home.