(Pronounced: “Shoe-Nan-Tun-itch)

Your day begins with a 2.5 hour drive up the Hummingbird & Western Highways into Belize’s western district. The Hummingbird Highway is considered Belize’s most scenic drive, winding its way through the Maya Mountains. On our journey we will pass many small villages as well as the nation’s capital, Belmopan, and the bustling market town of San Ignacio which sits high above the Macal River. The tour stops here to view the ruins of Cahal Pech which are partially restored and provide an excellent example of classic period structures left by the Maya.

We will enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants along the way and then continue west bringing us within a mile of the Guatemalan border. Here we will cross the Macal River on a fascinating, hand-cranked ferry to access the large Mayan site known as Xunantunich. This stunning ruin has several plazas and a large selection of classic period structures. Those ambitious enough to hike to the top of El Castillo, the tallest structure on the site, will be rewarded with panoramic views of both Belize and Guatemala.

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Departure: 7:00 am
Length: Full day
Terrain: Some grassy hills
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Recommended to Bring: Bottled water, sunscreen, bug repellent, cap or hat, sunglasses, long pants, t-shirt and long sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes or boots, camera, binoculars, swimsuit, beach towel and extra (dry) clothes for the end of your day.

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