Exploring Mayan Ruins
Xunantunich One-Day Excursion
Slickrock Adventures has specialized in Belize adventures since 1986. Xunantunich is one of our favorite cultural sites in the country.
We explore Xunantunich Mayan ruin as part of our Belize Adventure Week multi-day trip. This full-week adventure tour includes a guided afternoon at these fascinating ruins, along with other activities such as cave kayaking, waterfall rappelling, ziplining, whitewater kayaking, and three days on our private island for sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayak surfing, sport fishing, kayak fishing, paddleboarding, and board surfing. This Mayan exploration is also available as a one-day trip for groups of minimum 8, with a maximum of 14.
Exploring Belize Mayan Ruins
Xunantunich is located only ten miles from the Guatemalan border, not far from the Western Highway. This major ceremonial center peaked during the Classic period of the Maya and is home to 25 temples and palaces including the second tallest Mayan structure in Belize. From the top of this pyramid “El Castillo”, one is rewarded with a breathtaking view of three river valleys.
If you have a group of four and a full day, it is affordable to get a vehicle from a Belize City car rental and drive to Xunantunich yourself. If you are looking for other tours in Belize run as one-day trips, visit our Caves Branch River page.
[photo credit at top of page: Dan Seagull]
“This trip was truly adventurous. I was surprised that I learned so much about the Mayan culture through the Xunantunich Ruins. I was very happy to see our guide knew a lot about the forest plants and explained how the people used some of those plants. Also, our tour guides along with the other staff were so friendly and professional that I don’t see why anyone would not want to do a trip with Slickrock.”Quentin Felty, Coral Gables, FL
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Belize One-Day Mayan Ruin Trip
One Day Tour for Groups
Group size: Minimum 8, maximum 14.
When offered: Wednesday, Thursday or Friday only, Dec – April. Please inquire for availability.
Cost: $195 US pp, includes pick up and drop off in Belize City, park entrance fees, guide, and lunch. No group discounts available.
Deposit: $75 deposit pp (8 minimum) is due to confirm your space. This deposit is non-refundable. You may make your reservation by telephone, fax, mail, or e-mail. Checks, money orders, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted for all payments. The balance is due 60 days prior to departure.
Minimum and maximum ages to participate: 6 and 85
Interpretation is Provided
Our guide grew up near this ruin, and still lives nearby. He is an expert on Mayan history, as he is a Mayan descendant himself! The restored areas of this huge city-state contain a ceremonial center, residences for the rulers of this civilization, a middle-class residential area, and the ubiquitous ballcourt complex. We explore as much of this city-state as is possible within our time constraints. Thanks to excellent on-going archaeological work, we get to see many different periods of construction.
What to Bring
- Sun clothes and big brim hat
- 2 quarts capacity water bottles for each person
- Sunscreen and bug spray
- Small daypack
- Good walking shoes
- (optional) Travel umbrella
Reservations and Cancellations
After a reservation is made: A Registration and Waiver of Liability Form is sent. The completely filled out form and the final balance is due 60 days prior to departure.
Cancellation policy: No exceptions are made to our cancellation policy for any reason. Your deposit of $75 pp x 8 persons is non-refundable. If we receive notice of cancellation 59-30 days prior to departure, 50% of total group trip cost will be retained. If we receive notice of cancellation 29-11 days, 75% of total group trip cost will be retained.; if notice is received within 10 days of departure, no refund will be given.
Unused services: No partial refunds or credits will be given for unused services such as meals or transport. Our trips are quoted as a package; credits are not given for services not used. No refunds will be given for any reason once the trip has begun.
Late arrival or departure: Any conditions out of our control that delay your arrival or departure may add to your cost; all extra charges caused by delays (catching up with a trip in progress) or any variations from the itinerary (early departure, evacuation) will be at the customer’s expense.
Slickrock reserves the right to sell additional seats up to the 14 maximum to others who might want to join this tour.