Mayan Ruins

Lamanai and the New River Safari by Air

26Apr

After a 20 minute flight over picturesque vistas of northern Belize’s reef, coastline and lowlands, you will start one of the most interesting tours in the Orange Walk District of Belize.  A short drive from the Tower Hill Airstrip landing brings you to Lamanai Landings, where you board a riverboat and head up the New River.  While traversing the many little creeks and lagoons, it is easy to encounter hawks, kites and falcons. Dainty jacanas (also known as Jesus birds or lily trotters) lightly walk on the lily pads while the crocodiles bask in the morning sunlight.

At the entrance to the New River Lagoon, the ruins of Lamanai (Maya for Submerged Crocodile) rise into view.  Wile touring this site, huge masks depicting dead rulers and gods seem to materialize out of the rainforest, amid the chatter of bird life and the haunting call of the howler monkeys.  Your guide will point out the Copal and Ramon trees, which were of great importance in ancient times.

Return to Lamanai Landings and select your lunch from a range of buffet items at the Smoky Mermaid II, situated on the banks of the New River. After lunch you return to Tower Hill Airstrip and board your return flight to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

No minimum required.

Includes transportation, guide, fees, lunch, beverage. Does not include $5 US Park Fee

Kayaking & Altun Ha Ruin (Full Day)

31Jul

If you have ever kayaked before, then you must bring your experience to the class two, three, and four rapids of the tropical Belizean rivers.  On an air kayak, you will carve your way through the cascading falls and breath-taking scenery, including parrots, parakeets, flycatchers, cormorants, herons, ducks, iguanas and kingfishers – not to mention a vast array of bromeliads (air plants), orchids, epiphytic cactuses and more.

Then board a bus taking you to the Mayan pyramids of Altun Ha.  Altun Ha was the first Mayan site to be discovered in Belize, and on this tour, you will get to see first hand the gorgeous landscaping, genius ancient architecture, and Belize’s famous and ornately carved Jade Head of Kinich Ahau, the Mayan Sun God.

Climb the steps of the largest of Altun Ha’s temple-pyramids, the “Temple of the Masonry Altars”, which is 54 feet (16 m) high and is preserved on the logo of Belikin, Belize’s leading brand of beer.

 

*Includes: Round trip by boat, full guided tour, entrance fees, tax, and lunch.   Departs at 7:00am and returns at 5:30pm.   Additional US $25.00 per person for travel by plane.

Minimum of 2 people to confirm.

Cahal Pech Ruin & Jungle River Kayaking (Full Day)

31Jul

After scenic boat cruise through the Caribbean from San Pedro to the mainland, you will kayak through class two, three, and four rapids with cascading falls and breath-taking scenery on the tropical rivers of Belize.  Parrots, parakeets, flycatchers, cormorants, herons, ducks, iguanas and kingfishers are some of the river life you are sure to encounter along the way – not to mention a vast array of bromeliads (air plants), orchids, epiphytic cactuses and more.

After kayaking through the fresh water river, you will return to the lodge, enjoy lunch, and then head towards the Mayan world of St. Ignacio in the Cayo District of Belize.  There you will explore the Maya ruin Cahal Pech.  Cahal Pech, meaning “place of ticks”, rests high near the banks of the Macal River and is a collection of 34 structures, with the tallest being about 25 meters in height.

The site was a palacial home for an elite Maya family, and though most major construction dates to the Classic period, evidence of continuous habitation has been dated to as far back as 900 BC during the Early Middle Formative period (Early Middle Preclassic), making Cahal Pech one of the oldest recognizably Maya sites in Western Belize, and also one of the most interesting to explore.

*Includes: Round trip by boat, full guided tour, entrance fees, tax, and lunch.   Departs at 7:00am and returns at 5:30pm.   Additional US $25.00 per person for travel by plane.

Minimum of 2 people to confirm.

Tikal Tour (Day Trip)

24Jul

Your trip begins with a flight from San Pedro to Flores on which you will enjoy a gorgeous aerial view of the island scattered coast of Belize and the jungle terrain of the mainland.

The Tikal National Park; on the border of Belize and Guatemala; covers an area of over 200 square miles (approximately 576 sq. km), and is the largest excavated site on the continent …as well as a must stop for any enthusiast of ancient civilizations.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tikal offers much to visitors: First, a remarkably well developed visitor’s centre, detailing the fascinating history of this once conquering city and centre of Mayan culture, awesome structures, including 5 temples soaring over 200 feet high, offering breathtaking views of a rain forest that seems to stretch forever (when you leave Tikal, you’ll know for certain that the ancient Maya were not scared of heights!), and one or two schools of coati mundis are always venturing in from the jungle and not afraid of visitors.

Exploring Tikal is an all day affair, but with so much to discover, Tikal is an excellent choice for large groups, couples and even the lone adventurer.

Included: Round trip air transportation from San Pedro to Flores, Guatemala and a picnic lunch.

Availability: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Tikal Expedition & Jungle Resort (Overnight)

22Jul

The Tikal National Park, on the border of Belize and Guatemala, covers an area of over 200 square miles (approximately 576 sq. km ), and is the largest excavated site on the continent …as well as a must stop for any enthusiast of ancient civilizations.

You will begin your trip aboard a flight taking you from San Pedro to Flores, where you will enjoy an aerial view of scattered islands across the Caribbean and the terrain of the mainland.

Once you land, you will be taken to Hotel Isla de Flores where you will spend the evening.  Experience the charm of Isla de Flores with quaint shops and lake view restaurants.  You will be staying at the Hotel Isla de Flores with all the conveniences and amenities necessary.

Spend an afternoon and evening shopping, or just strolling on the cobblestone streets. And then finally…your day climaxes with dinner at one of the many fine restaurants.   In the morning, a guide will take you to Tikal National Park.

Tikal offers much to visitors as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  First, a remarkably well developed visitor’s centre, detailing the fascinating history of this once conquering city and centre of Mayan culture, awesome structures, including 5 temples soaring over 200 feet high, offering breath taking views of a rain forest that seems to stretch forever (when you leave Tikal, you’ll know for certain that the ancient Maya were not scared of heights!), and one or two schools of coati mundis are always venturing in from the jungle and not afraid of visitors.

Exploring Tikal is an all day affair, but with so much to discover, Tikal is an excellent choice for large groups, couples and even the lone adventurer.

Includes:

Tikal hotel stay at the jungle resort, entrance fees, air transportation, ground transportation, all meals, departure fees to and from Belize

Available on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Itinerary:

Leave San Pedro (SPR) 2:00 p.m.

Arrive Goldson Int’l (BZE)  2:17 p.m

Leave Goldson Int’l (BZE) 3:00 p.m.

Arrives Flores (FRS) 3:45 p.m.

Transportation to Hotel Isla de Flores for overnight.

Itinerary (Following Day)

Pick-up at hotel/Tikal Tour 7:00 a.m.

Arrival at Tikal Park for tour 9:30 a.m.

Travel to Airport 2:00 p.m.

Leaves Flores (FRS) 4:00 p.m.

Arrive San Pedro (SPR) 6:00 p.m.

Also, on the way back from Tikal on the second day, you can choose either:

  • Xunantunich Ruins Tour
  • Cave Tubing Adventure
  • Cahal Pech Tour
  • Belize Zoo Tour

Inquire about this option and pricing as you customize your adventure with us!

(Includes departure fees only from Belize)

Departure Fee from Guatemala to Belize is $33.00US per person and is NOT included!!!

Lamanai & New River Lagoon (Full Day)

18Jul

Begin your day with a delightful breakfast of fresh fruit, cinnamon rolls, and fresh squeezed orange juice as you wind your way through the Northern River and enjoy the early morning sights and sounds.  At Bomba Village, you will board our private van to Tower Hill.  Along the way, you will pass through quaint villages and pass by fields of sugar cane.  Once at Tower Hill, your journey through the New River begins.  Along the river, you will encounter animals indigenous to the area such as the river otter, turtles, crocodiles, and monkeys.  As you make your way towards the Lamanai ruins, you will encounter a rich variety of bird life including the rare Jabiru Stork.

At Lamanai, experienced guides will navigate you through the trails of jungle to the temples, which majestically perch on the waters edge.  You may find yourself in a daydream of ancient times, as Lamanai was a prominent center of the Pre-Classic Period with the now restored Temple of the Jaguar Masks and the High Temple.  There, you can climb the structures and enjoy a surreal view of the New River you just traveled

At the site you will also enjoy a lunch of local cuisine.

Entrance fee $5.00 US per person not included.

Minimum 6 persons.

Xunantunich Ruin & Cave Tubing (Full Day)

18Jul

The ruins of Xunantunich are impressive and remarkable.  About 40 km from the Tikal complex in Guatemala, Xunantunich was a major ceremonial center for the ancient Maya.  From its perch on a natural limestone ridge, visitors enjoy a fantastic view of the surrounding area.  From the top, you can see Guatemala.

And though the center is only one square kilometre, Xunantunich is home to 25 temples and palaces, including the second tallest Mayan structure in Belize, the pyramid El Castillo.  The site was the first in Belize opened to the public in 1954, and now it has a world renown on-site museum.

After exploring Xunantunich, you will then travel to jaguar Paw, where you will have an experience people are calling “Magnificent”, “Awesome”, “Amazingly beautiful!”, and “Belizean nature at its best!”

After a short hike through the exotic rainforest, enter an exciting realm where rivers disappear into the underworld as you float on inner tubes with only your headlamp to lead the way.  Glide past entrances from above, filtering mists of jungle light as you float through underground river caves sparkling with mica-studded stalactites and stalagmites, filled with 1,000 year old pottery shards, statues of fertility gods, and Mayan footprints.  Continue past an underground waterfall leading into the Crystal Cathedral, a spiritual place used by the ancient Maya.

Includes round trip by boat, tour guides, and lunch. The park fee of $10.00 US is not included.

Minimum 2 persons.

Altun Ha Wildlife Tour to Baboon Sanctuary (Full Day)

18Jul

On a boat cruise from San Pedro Town to and through the Belize River, you will travel approximately 24 miles from Belize City to Bermuda Landing.  Along the way you will pass through several villages by the river valley.

Bermuda Landing, also known as the Baboon Sanctuary, is home of the howler monkey.  Howler monkey families watch as you travel up river through the savannah while iguanas, known locally as bamboo chicken, sun themselves along the river.  View monkeys, iguanas, birds, and crocodiles up close and personal on this river adventure.  You can even greet the howler monkeys with a hand shake or a mild caress.

Then you will explore Altun Ha, the first Mayan site to be discovered in Belize, and on this tour, you will get to see first hand the gorgeous landscaping, genius ancient architecture, and Belize’s famous and ornately carved Jade Head of Kinich Ahau, the Mayan Sun God.

Climb the steps of the largest of Altun Ha’s temple-pyramids, the “Temple of the Masonry Altars”, which is 54 feet (16 m) high and is preserved on the logo of Belikin, Belize’s leading brand of beer.

Included is a light breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, beers, rum punch, purified water.

Entrance fee $10.00 US not included

Altun Ha Ruins & Maruba Jungle (Full Day)

18Jul

If you’re seeking a mix of adventure and pampering, this is the perfect tour for you.

This trip starts with a short boat cruise around the island to Belize’s Northern River, which inhabits orchids, birds, and crocodiles.  Your first stop is at Bomba Village, where you can shop for beautiful hand-made woodcarvings, and it is also where you will then board a bus, which will take you to the Mayan pyramids of Altun Ha.

Altun Ha was the first Mayan site to be discovered in Belize, and on this tour, you will get to see first hand the gorgeous landscaping, genius ancient architecture, and Belize’s famous and ornately carved Jade Head of Kinich Ahau, the Mayan Sun God.

Climb the steps of the largest of Altun Ha’s temple-pyramids, the “Temple of the Masonry Altars”, which is 54 feet (16 m) high and is preserved on the logo of Belikin, Belize’s leading brand of beer.

After the tour, you will travel to the Maruba Jungle Spa, where you will enjoy the peaceful setting, relaxing pool, and excellent food.  For those who want to spoil themselves, enjoy a mud massage or other spa treatment.  Maruba Jungle Spa is a blend of various Mayan, Creole, and African influences with a refreshing jungle setting.  Maruba’s Jungle Falls swimming pool will cool you in the day and the Japanese tub will make an unforgettable experience.

Click to visit the Maruba Resort Jungle Spa website.