Welcome to Benque Viejo del Carmen


The George Price Hwy passes through, becoming George Price Blvd through town. Most places of interest, including the bus terminal, market, hotels and Centennial Park, are west of the highway and south of the Mopan River.


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$119 Cultural & Theme Tours

Yaxha Mayan Ruin

Your experienced guide will help you navigate across the Belize/Guatemala border to Yaxha, which is located in the Petén region of Guatemala. During the Pre-Columbian Maya Period, Yaxha was the third largest city in the region. It is situated on the north shore of Lake Yaxha, and is an excellent day trip from Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize. Yaxha, which means “Green Waters”, is an impressive site that contains over 500 structures, including 40 stelae (Mayan gravestones), several pyramid temples and ball courts. Yaxha’s highest structure, Structure 216, offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding forest. A great alternative to Tikal!

$180 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tikal Mayan Ruin

This is the mother of all Mayan sites! Your experienced tour guide will take you on this all-day excursion leaving from Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize. Your guide will help you cross the Belize/Guatemalan border, then you will travel a couple of hours to Tikal National Park, located in Guatemala’s northern Peten region. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Guatemala along the way! Tikal is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is definitely worth the day trip from Belize. Inside the park, there is a diverse population of subtropical flora and fauna and notable wildlife such as jaguars, pumas, several species of monkeys, anteaters (known as pizotes), and more than 300 species of birds roam the park. Tikal was a major Pre-Columbian Period political, military, and economic epicenter for the Mayan people. It is by far one of the biggest and most important of the many Mayan archaeological sites located across Central America. The city has been mapped and covers over 6.2 square miles and features over 3,000 structures. The Great Plaza, centrally located at Tikal has been seen in several different films. In addition to The Great Plaza, your guide will take you to other notable structures such as Temple IV, the tallest structure in Tikal, which offers stunning views of Guatemala, including other Mayan sites in the area; El Mundo Perdido (The Lost World), and the Plaza of the Seven Temples. There is so much to explore! This is definitely a must-see for those interested in Mayan history and archaeological sites!  

$119 Cultural & Theme Tours

Footsteps of the Mayans, Chicleros and woodcutters

Take a guided tour that will immerse you in the culture of some of the earliest tradespeople in Belize. Learn about traditional Mayan crafts such as slate carving, bead making, and pottery. These trades are still practiced today, and there are several local people who will be eager tell you more about their craft. Your guide will give you a history of the chicleros- the workers who extracted chicle from the sapodilla trees by hand. Learn about the process of tapping the trees for chicle, which was used for chewing gum, dental supplies, and surgical tape. Your guide will take you to the statue of the chiclero, located in Benque Viejo del Carmen, which is dedicated to these hard working people. Lastly, you will learn about the woodcutters of Belize. The early woodcutters were known as Baymen, and logging was a huge industry in Belize. During the 1700s and 1800s, Baymen exported thousands of tons of logwood back to England. Enjoy this informative and interesting tour describing some of Belize’s earliest industries. 

$114 Cultural & Theme Tours

MAYAN RUIN COMBO TOUR

Spend the day visiting three of Belize’s famous Mayan ruinsBenque RuinsXunantunichXunantunich, which means “Stone Lady” in Mayan language, is one of the many impressive ancient Mayan sites in Belize. To reach these ruins, you will travel with your guide in a hand-cranked ferry across the Mopan River. Xunantunich sits atop a stunning green hilltop with views of nearby border town, Benque Viejo del Carmen, and Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala. Enjoy a half-day climbing the pyramids, some of which were recently excavated.  Learn more about Mayan history in the museum, including how the name of the ruins changed over time. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the howler monkeys that live in the forest canopies at the site, or a wish willy (black iguana) that can be spotted trying to blend in to the rock of the pyramids. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the site, or travel back across the river to try some yummy local cuisine. A must-see in Belize!Cahal Pech Cahal Pech, which means “Place of the Ticks”, in Mayan language, sits atop a steep hill that overlooks the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. Your guide will tell you more about this site, which is believed to have been first settled around 1200 BC. From the structures of site, you can see that its inhabitants were rather sophisticated people. They built circular platforms used for ceremonial purposes, housing structures that resemble modern houses, and a ball court, which are all in amazing condition after thousands of years. Come explore these ruins and let your guide tell you more about the people who lived at Cahal Pech created art and traded communicated with their neighbors in the nearby cities of Xunantunich, El Pilar, and others.

$180 Cultural & Theme Tours

Belize best attractions combo tour

Belize is known for its rich natural resources and our many attractions. So spend the day doing the three best things in Belize. First attraction will be the cave that is in this new adventure park called Cave World Adventures. Then we’ll go to visit the famous Xunantunich Mayan ruin and then end the tour by heading to the waterfalls in Cristo Rey swimming hole (Monkey Falls)Cave World Adventures caveThis unique walk-through cave is featured deep in the jungle and accessible by ascending mossy stone steps. In addition to impressive stalactites and stalagmites, come and discover Mayan traditions and ceremonies that took place thousands of years ago. It also includes Maya glyphs, unique formations and stunning views of the rainforest. This cave was part of a network of caves that the ancient Maya people believed connected them to the underworld in which their gods lived. This cave is perfect for those who don’t like enclosed spaces or too much climbing. This cave tour takes place right in this beautiful 300-acre adventure park in Cayo just 10 minutes from the famous Xunantunich Mayan ruin. This tour includes entrance fee and a professional licensed tour guide.Xunantunich  Xunantunich, which means “Stone Lady” in Mayan language, is one of the many impressive ancient Mayan sites in Belize. To reach these ruins, you will travel with your guide in a hand-cranked ferry across the Mopan River. Xunantunich sits atop a stunning green hilltop with views of nearby border town, Benque Viejo del Carmen, and Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala. Enjoy a half-day climbing the pyramids, some of which were recently excavated.  Learn more about Mayan history in the museum, including how the name of the ruins changed over time. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the howler monkeys that live in the forest canopies at the site, or a wish willy (black iguana) that can be spotted trying to blend in to the rock of the pyramids. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the site, or travel back across the river to try some yummy local cuisine. A must-see in Belize! Cristo Rey Swimming Hotel (MONKEY FALLS) Take refreshing dip in the sky-blue pools of this popular local swimming hole in Cristo Rey. Known as both Shower Falls and Monkey Falls to locals, these natural pools get their beautiful color from a natural spring that then filters the water through sand and sediment, forming the beautiful pool at the bottom. Take a jump from a small cliff above the water, or simply relax in the small pools and waterfalls.

$90 Cultural & Theme Tours

Xunantunich Mayan Ruin

Xunantunich, which means “Stone Lady” in Mayan language, is one of the many impressive ancient Mayan sites in Belize. To reach these ruins, you will travel with your guide in a hand-cranked ferry across the Mopan River. Xunantunich sits atop a stunning green hilltop with views of nearby border town, Benque Viejo del Carmen, and Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala. Enjoy a half-day climbing the pyramids, some of which were recently excavated.  Learn more about Mayan history in the museum, including how the name of the ruins changed over time. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the howler monkeys that live in the forest canopies at the site, or a wish willy (black iguana) that can be spotted trying to blend in to the rock of the pyramids. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the site, or travel back across the river to try some yummy local cuisine. A must-see in Belize!