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EcoAdventures Magical Mayan History Tour, Belize
Magical Mayan History Tour

El Castillo, Xuantunich Mayan Ruins, BelizeDays of Operation: Fridays
Intensity: Easy
Departure Time: 7:30 a.m.
Approx. Return Time: 5:00 p.m.
Food/Drinks: Lunch, juice and water
What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, binoculars, field guide.
If you ever wanted to learn a lot about the Maya here is your chance! We first explore the Mayan ruin of Xunantunich (pronounced Shu-nan-tu-nitch), or Stone Maiden. Hand-cranked ferry takes you across the river to the ancient Mayan ruins of Xuantunich.Located near the Guatemalan border, a hand-cranked ferry (left) will take you across the river to this major ceremonial center situated high on a limestone ridge with a panoramic view of the Cayo District. The main pyramid, El Castillo, has detailed stucco friezes. After a full lunch we make our way to Cahal Pech, or Place of the Ticks. 34 Structures comprise Cahal Pech, the Mayan royal family's residence complex.Cahal Pech was the royal family's residence around the same time that Xunantunich was at its height of power. This medium-size Mayan center comprises 34 structures compacted in a small area covering slightly more than 2 acres. The site includes 7 plazas, 2 ball courts, 6 plain Stella and 1 alter, as well as temple pyramids. Moreover, it has the second oldest structure in the Mayan world. Cahal Pech was first developed during the Preclassic period (1000 BC to AD 200) and abandoned around 800 AD. This site offers a view over the city of San Ignacio on one side and over the Belize River valley on the other. By the end of the trip you'll be an expert on the Maya (okay, not quite, but almost!).

Please Note:
•A Belizean tour guide accompanies all tours.
•We cannot control the weather! It may rain for days and you may experience the rainforest in the rain! Come prepared with adequate rain gear and a positive attitude.
•Trip alterations may occur due to inclement weather or factors beyond our control.
•Comfortable hiking shoes or sturdy tennis shoes are recommended for most inland adventures. Open sandals are ideal for resort wear and the beach.
•We have a healthy environment and creatures great and small thrive. We recommend that you use insect repellent and sunscreen during all inland adventures.
•The national parks of Belize encompass natural habitats for wildlife such as tapir, jaguar, monkeys, snakes and crocodiles. Even though all of the above animals have been seen by our guests, we cannot guarantee that any specific wildlife will be spotted during your adventures.
•Hamanasi is not liable for any injury sustained on a tour.
•We promote low impact tourism and request that our guests only walk on prepared trails in the jungle.
•As visitors in beautiful Belize we ask that you respect and are sensitive to the local culture.