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San Ignacio Jungle and Ruins

Overview

Belize is a paradise for the adventurous. The country abounds with natural beauty, abundant wildlife, pristine coastlines and a UNESCO World Heritage listed barrier reef.
This trip provides a great insight into Belize in a short timeframe. Pay a visit to the famed Barton Creek cave where you will marvel at this grand underworld of rock formations and waterways. Then travel from San Ignacio to Tikal National Park to view the many Mayan ruins and the jungle canopy that hugs the area.

Trip Code: BZTSSIJ

Location: Belize

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Transfer from your Belize City hotel to Belize City ariport and fly to San Ignacio. On arrival in San Ignacio, transfer to your hotel.

Flight: Belize City - San Ignacio

San Ignacio is a small town in the Cayo region of Belize, located on the west bank of the Macal River and inhabited by an interesting mix of Mestizos, Maya, Garifuna as well as European and North American expatriates. The town is a hub for outdoor activities such as caving, hiking, kayaking and horseback riding. It is also the gateway to Belize’s Mayan ruins including the ancient city of Xunantunich and to caves that were sacred to the ancient Maya, containing beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, pottery and even skeletons.

San Ignacio

Guests take a tour to the famous sites of Xunantunich - situated on the banks of the Mopan River. Xunantunich means "stone woman" in Mayan. Xunantunich was a thriving city near the end of the Classic Period (300-900 A.D.) with large plazas ringed with pyramids. The tallest is the 130 ft. "El Castillo," which is large by Mayan standards and is only exceeded in Belize by the Caana pyramid at Caracol. The centre of the site is composed of six major plazas surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces. The large pyramid, El Castillo, is well known for the frieze or band of stucco decoration that at one time extended around the entire temple. After lunch we transfer up towards the Mountain Pine ridge area and go off road to the Barton Creek Cave system. Along the way we pass through a very conservative Mennonite community. Barton Creek is a low intensity adventure trip that is great for couples and families offering something for everyone. Equipped with canoes and high-powered lights guests gently paddle along the river into the cave system known as Xibalba (she-bal-ba), Maya for underworld. Stalactites and stalagmites hang high overhead as you float past impressive calcite crystal formations. Knowledgeable guides discuss the relevance of the cave to the ancient Mayan people and the archaeological significance of this 7.5km limestone Cave system that was used for ceremonial purposes and as a burial site by the ancient Maya people.

INCLUDED: Private transfers & guide, admission fees, canoe, equipment, lunch.

Xunantunich & Barton Creek Cave

Guests are met at their hotel for an early departure and transfer to Guatemala. (Border fees are not included) Once at Tikal guests enjoy a 3-4 hour guided tour of this magnificent Maya temple site. Tikal boasts huge temples rising up through the jungle canopy and a variety of tropical animals and birds on show. Guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the howler and spider monkeys as well as many colourful tropical birds and other mammals. Lunch is provided at a local restaurant. Guests can then explore the museum before returning to their hotel in San Ignacio.

INCLUDED: (Minibus) Private Archaeology Guide, Transfers in Minibus, Entrances, and Lunch.

NOT INCLUDED: Border fees, Tips & Gratuities.

Tikal by Land from San Ignacio

Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites of the Mayan civilisations and was the capital of one of the most powerful kingdoms of the Mayans. Tikal National Park was declared a UNESCO site in 1979. The ancient ruins are set deep in the jungle, the steep-sided temples rising out of the jungle and often shrouded in mist. It is a mystical place with numerous pyramids, stelae and temples. Archaeologists have identified over 3000 structures.

Tikal

Transfer from your San Igncio Hotel to the airport and fly to Belize City. On arrival, transfer to your Belize City hotel.

Flight: San Ignacio - Belize City
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  • All breakfasts
    All other meals as indicated
    Accomodation as indicated
    Mentioned Tours and activities
    Transportation in Minibus

     

    Not included:
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    International flights
    Tips
    Personal Expenses

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Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

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Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.