Magical Mayan History Tour

Xunantunich and Cahal Pech

If you ever wanted to learn a lot about the Maya here is your chance! After a scenic drive along the Hummingbird and Western Highways, we first explore the Mayan ruin of Xunantunich (pronounced Shu-nan-tu-nitch), or Stone Maiden. Located near the Guatemalan border, a hand-cranked ferry will take you across the Belize River to this major ceremonial center situated high on a limestone ridge with a panoramic view of the Cayo District. The main pyramid, El Castillo, has detailed stucco friezes and steps that you can climb all they way to the top.
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After a full lunch we make our way to Cahal Pech, or Place of the Ticks. Cahal Pech was the royal family's residence around the same time that Xunantunich was at its height of power. This medium-size Mayan center comprises 34 structures compacted in a small area covering slightly more than 2 acres. The site includes 7 plazas, 2 ball courts, 6 plain Stella and 1 alter, as well as temple pyramids. Moreover, it has the second oldest structure in the Mayan world. Cahal Pech was first developed during the Preclassic period (1000 BC to AD 200) and abandoned around 800 AD. This site offers a view over the city of San Ignacio on one side and the Belize River valley on the other. By the end of the trip you'll be an expert on the Maya! (OK, almost!) Bonus: wildlife and birds often can be seen at both sites!

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  • Price Price: US $95
    per person
  • Intensity Intensity:
  • people Minimum: 1
  • Depart Depart: 7:30 am
  • Return Return: 5:00 pm

Includes:

  • Entrance Fee

  • Lunch

  • Cookies

  • Juice

  • Water

What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Camera

  • Sturdy Shoes or Boots

  • Insect Repellent

  • Binoculars

  • Field guide

  • Money for shopping


Other Information:

This adventure can be included in any of our packages. If you do not purchase a package, this tour may be booked a la carte for the listed price.

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Everyday, Hamanasi offers a barrier reef excursion and an inland excursion based on a preset schedule. These scheduled tours are included in package rates. Tours beyond the daily scheduled tours are not included in package rates but can be booked at the listed cost. All tours are accompanied by a licensed Belizean tour guide and include any permits needed. A PADI professional accompanies all dive trips. More information about our tours is available on our rates and policies pages.

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I’ve been to quite a few dive resorts. Hamanasi is hands down, the best so far. Thank you for a wonderful time.

Room beautifully decorated and clean! The entire staff was extremely helpful & courteous. Food was the best! Tour guides extremely knowledgeable!

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Just keep doing what you’re doing… The Mayan tour history was incredible; the guide was extremely knowledgeable and profoundly connected to his heritage.

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Wonderful stay, beautiful surroundings. The staff was unfailingly friendly and accommodating. Adventures were great and well organized!

Best dive experience we have ever had. Everyone top Notch. Best vacation ever!

This is my 6th Belize dive adventure in the past 18 years and my best ALL around experience.

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