Take a tour of the archaeological site of Xunantunich, located on the banks of the Mopan river. Xunantunich means "Stone woman" in Maya. It was a thriving city near the end of the Classic period, with large plazas ringed with pyramids.
Things to do in Belize
Inland, the lush subtropical forest plays host to colourful wildlife and relics of ancient civilisations. Archaeological sites such Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave with its skeletons, ceramics and stoneware, the ancient ceremonial site at Xunantunich and Caracol, the largest Maya archaeological site in Belize, are atmospheric places to visit and offer an insight into the great civilisation that once ruled the region.
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Ideas for experiencing Belize
Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Belize, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.
Caracol is the largest Maya archaeological site in Belize. In AD 650, the urban area of Caracol had a radius of approximately 10 kilometres around the site's epicenter.
Visit a traditional Mayan musician and instrument maker, learn about the Crystal Skull and fascinating history of Lubaantun, and enjoy a swim beneath a cascading waterfall in the Rio Blanco National Park.
Tikal is most definitely the most impressive of all the Mayan sites in Central America, not only for its historical remains but because it is also a haven for wildlife, making the trip to Tikal all the more enchanting.
Follow an experienced guide and plantation owner on a tour of a working organic cocoa farm, before visiting a traditional Belizean community located in a small village on the banks of the Moho river.
The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, is an area known internationally as a bird watchers paradise. A trip here combines birding and national history and a visit to the only inland island in the country.
This excursion departs early in the morning, at around 6am, and arrives back at around 5.30pm - a full-day trip which allows for three incredible dives in some of the most pristine and beautiful underwater sites in Belize.
Not for the faint-hearted this is a truly adventurous excursion. Actun Tunichil Muknal, meaning "Cave of the Stone Sepulcher" is one of the most impressive caves in the Maya lowland.