Is a Maya word that translated to English means “Stone Lady” or “Maiden of the Rock”. This Maya site is located 7 miles from San Ignacio, passing through the village of San Jose Succotz whereby you will have to cross the Mopan River on a hand cranked ferry, then continue the journey for another mile to the majestic site. The largest pyramid “El Castillo” rises 130 feet above plaza level, making it the second tallest Maya temple in Belize. This temple is famous for its large amazing Stucco Frieze.
Cahal Pech translates to “place of ticks”, given this name due to the number of ticks that flourished there when it was a cattle pasture in the 1950’s. This site is situated on a hill overlooking San Ignacio Town. This is one of the earliest Maya sites, being settled by 1200 B.C and abandoned around 850 A.D. Stela 9, a carved monument discovered here is the earliest carved stela yet discovered in the Eastern Maya lowlands.
Caracol – a Spanish word for Snail, is located approximately 55 miles, 88 kilometers, from San Ignacio, in the Vaca Plateau which is part of the greater
Chiquibul Forest Reserve. Caracol is the largest known Maya site in Belize. The tallest structure, Caana, rises 137 feet above plaza level. Special features at this site include buildings which served as astronomical observatory. Caracol’s Ruler, Lord Water, defeated Tikal’s ruler, Double Bird, on 562 A.D. This defeat is reflected on inscriptions on Altar 21 at Caracol and Stela 31 at Tikal.
One of the world’s travel wonders, in the department of Peten, is located at approximately 2 hours drive from our Western border into Guatemala.It was a serendipitous discovery of the site by a ‘Chiclero’ or gum collector. Tikal was declared a national park in 1955 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. This National Park forms part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve created in 1990 in order to protect the dense forests that started to disappear at an alarming rate due to population pressures, illegal logging and slash-and-burn agricultural practices.
Actun Tunichil Muknal, easier referred for its acronym A.T.M., is known as the cave of the Stone Sepulcher and is located in the Tapir National Reserve, some 12 miles, 19 kilometers, off the George Price Highway.
Welcome to Xibalba, gateway to the Mayan Underworld, believed by the Mayas to be filled with evil gods, diseases and spirits of dead ancestors. Get ready to get wet as to access this Mayan sacred site, you will start off with a short swim across a river followed by approximately 40 minutes hike in the scenic cool tropical rainforest to get to the huge hourglass shaped entrance of
Mountain Pine Ridge
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve was established in 1944 with its main purpose to protect wildlife and our pine forest.On this trip we’ll be visiting the Rio Frio cave, Rio On pools and the waterfall of Big Rock.Rio Frio cave is approximately 33 miles of unpaved bumpy road, 52 kilometers, which is about 1 hour 20 minutes’ drive from San Ignacio. This cave, with its enormous 65 feet tall arched opening, will amaze you with its giant stalactites that hang from the cave’s roof like elegant stone chandeliers.
Come explore the remnants of the ancient and sacred Mayan underworld, Xibalba. Barton Creek cave is one of Belize’s most beautiful natural wonders, located approximately 45 minutes from San Ignacio, on an unpaved bumpy road. It is believed that this cave, like many others, was used by the ancient mayan civilization as a burial site and ceremonial purposes including bloodletting rituals and human sacrifices.The cool and refreshing waters of Barton Creek flows through this underground massive cave, making canoes the only means of traversing and experiencing its wonders.
Cave tubing has become one of Belize’s most popular, rejuvenating and electrifying adventure.Nohoch Che’em cave system is located approximately 1 ½ hours’ drive from San Ignacio, on the George Price highway.Come join us as we take you on inner tubes floating down the refreshing therapeutic waters of the Caves Branch River. The adventure starts with crossing the river followed by a 30 minutes hike through the lush and scenic tropical rainforest to the remarkable cave’s entrance.
Zip lining is a fun filled adventure, exciting and thrilling. Imagine yourself dangling in mid-air at a height of 60 feet and soaring above the rainforest canopy. Experience a bird’s eye view of the jungle’s rich flora of orchids and bromeliads, vines and lianas.Feel and experience the adrenaline rush as you fly through the tree tops of the dense broadleaf forest. Come and enjoy a Belizean exhilarating experience that you won’t get anywhere else.