Xunantunich

mayan site     easy - moderate

From Black Rock travel to the Mayan village of San Jose Succotz located on the banks of the Mopan River. Board a small hand- cranked pontoon ferry to cross the Mopan river to Xunantunich (shoo- nan-too-nitch) which means *Maiden of the Rock*. Explore the Mayan Site together with our experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Tour departs: Xunantunich only, or Xunantunich + 1 stop: morning or afternoon, half day tour Xunantunich + 2 stops: morning, 3/4 day tour

Drive time: 35 minutes each way

What to wear/bring: Shorts, t-shirt, walking shoes or sandals, camera, sunscreen, hat, repellent, US or BZ dollars for petty cash.

Not included: entry fees, breakfast, lunch.

ADD ON - Cahal pech

mayan site     easy - moderate

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After exploring the site, drive to the outskirts of San Ignacio and explore the architecturally diverse site of Cahal Pech (ka-hall pet-ch). Climb though the ruins, see examples of the “corbelled” arch (the Mayas version of the Roman arch), and view 2,000 year old red plaster still intact on the walls.

ADD ON - Belize botanical gardens

sights     easy

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Head to the Belize Botanical Gardens, and explore the plant world by sight, taste, touch and smell. There are two miles of trails to experience a variety of native and exotic fruits, palms, hardwoods, ornamentals and more delights of the world's tropics. You can go at your own pace with a self-guiding booklet.

The booklet has information on 47 of the many fascinating plants you will see on your walk in the gardens.

ADD ON - Market Day at San Ignacio (Saturdays only)

sights     easy

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Start your Saturday morning at the San Ignacio Market. Rural farmers and townsfolk descend on the market square every Saturday, making it a great chance to experience the local culture up close. From Mennonites selling local cheese, to medicine men selling herbal cures – you will see it all! You may even spy our cook doing her shopping for the freshest local vegetables and fruits. Sample local snacks – tacos, pupusas, or have some refreshing coconut water while you wander around the market taking in the sights and smells.

ADD ON - Maya Cacao Tour

sights     easy

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The Food of the Gods - CHOCOLATE! According to archaeologists, the Maya were making chocolate from before 2500BC! It is hard to believe how a bitter hard shelled tropical fruit can become such a luscious treat. Now you can visit a Maya family in the nearby town of Santa Elena and learn about the culture, the tradition and the process. Duration is about 2 hours.

ADD ON - Green Iguana Project

sights     easy

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The Green Iguana Conservation Project is a highly interactive exhibit that aims to conserve and educate visitors about the Green Iguana and its role within the river habitat in Belize. You will a chance to get up close and personal with these fascinating reptiles, and learn more about them. Duration is about 1-1.5 hours.