Xunantunich: was the first excavated Mayan site in Belize that was opened for the public. Though it is smaller compared to the other Mayan sites, it consists of one of the tallest structures. The huge statue of the Sun God, El Castillo, and the 130-foot tall pyramid are a couple of structures that attract visitors. Xunantunich means “stone Woman” or “Maiden of the rock” in the Yucatec dialect. These names are derived from the image of a woman depicted in one of the paintings.Barton Creek Cave: Barton Creek is a living cave in that it is still growing and developing with 10ft of water flowing constantly throughout. The ancient Mayans believed that their Gods would reside in such places and Barton Creek Cave in particular because of its abundance of water.
Xunantunich:Getting There: The adventure begins at 8:00AM on a mere 10 – 15 minutes’ drive onto the village of San Jose Succotz. Here you will cross the Mopan River via an old-fashioned hand-cranked ferry and onto the site's parking lot.At Xunantunich: Upon arrival at the site, you’ll be amazed at how impressive the Temple of El Castillo (the main temple) actually is at a remarkable 120 feet in height. Pay close attention to the history of this once royal center of ancient civilization as your guide walks you through the site. Feel free to climb to the top of El Castillo if you’re not afraid of heights. There you’ll have a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the surroundings which encompasses part of Guatemala, Benque Viejo Town, and San Jose Succotz among other areas.Be careful coming down from the pyramid as you make your way over to the ancient ball court. Imagine the excitement happening in real time as your guide paints a vivid picture of how the popular Mayan game of Pokatok was played. On site you may get to see spider monkeys and, depending on the time of the year, even howler monkeys. An on-site museum will give you an overall idea of this ancient city’s actual size.Barton Creek Cave:Getting there: Just after lunch, you'll make your way through & out of San Ignacio Town with a 45 minutes’ drive on a dirt road through a Mennonite farmland called Barton Creek. The scenery as we traverse this farmland is very quaint and pleasantly scenic with hills and valleys stitched with organically grown crops. At Barton Creek Cave Site: After checking in, proceed onto picking your canoe & strapping on your life jackets and headlamps. Once geared up, you'll head over to the river bank where your guide would have your canoe awaiting you for your journey into The Mayan Underworld – Xibalba.The adventure takes flight when you enter the lime stone cave and float for about 1 hour into the cave. Inside the cave you'll be passing impressive natural crystal formations and various archaeological highlights, all which your guide will be pointing out as you make your way upstream. Enjoy this informative & intriguing family- friendly tour. This adventure will amaze you with cathedral-like chambers & wide passages. Sit back and relax while your guide navigates your canoe for a leisurely visit. After exploring the underworld, you will head back into town.Departing: Upon exiting the cave, you'll proceed to the parking lot & board your vehicle as you make your way back through the river, the scenic farmland, and back into San Ignacio Town arriving at around 5:00 – 6:00PM. Remember, our combo tours are normally private tours, the duration depends on your leisurely pace.