A Three Day Adventure into the Mayan Ceremonial Caves and Ruins of Western Belize
The Cayo Caves & Temples Extension travels inland to the Barton Creek Caves, the Mayan Ruins of Xunantunich and the vibrant town of San Ignacio.
- Explore the colorful markets of San Ignacio, visit local craft shops and experience the friendly culture of Belize.
- Journey underground into an underground river of Barton Creek Cave.
- Visit the Mayan Ruins of Xunantunich and climb to the top of 'El Castillo Temple' - the second tallest building in Belize.
- All inclusive includes airport transfers, site fees, meals and guided activities.
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Arrive at the Belize International Airport, where you are met by an Island Expeditions' representative and transferred to the town of San Ignacio. Before arriving at our hotel we explore the famous San Ignacio market, and stroll the pedestrian-only Burns Avenue. We follow a meandering road up to Cahal Pech Village Resort - a picturesque lodge with a grand vista overlooking the town of San Ignacio and the rolling hills of Western Belize.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A full day of adventure and exploration. Our first mission is to explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. We cross the Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry to ruins which are situated on the banks of the river. Here, we travel back through centuries to the ancient world of kings, temples, plazas and ball courts.
The next adventure is the underground geology of the Barton Creek cave system. We canoe into the spectacular cave entrance and explore the shimmering stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave. We paddle through the crystal formations and learn about the rich Mayan history of this area.
From our lodge, it's just a short walk to the Maya Ruins of Cahal Pech where we spend an enjoyable morning at the ruins and then head back to the lodge for a swim.
If you are flying home on Day 3, the transfer time from San Ignacio to the Belize International Airport is about 2 hours and your departure from San Ignacio can be coordinated to connect with your international flight.