Xunantunich and Cave Tubing
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins is an Ancient Maya archaeological site in western Belize, about 80 miles (130 km) west of Belize City, in the Cayo District. Xunantunich is located atop a ridge above the Mopan River, well within sight of the Guatemala border – which is a mere 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the west. It served as a Maya civic ceremonial center in the Late and Terminal Classic periods to the Belize Valley region. At this time, when the region was at its peak, nearly 200,000 people lived in Belize. Xunantunich’s name means "Stone Woman" in the Maya language (Mopan and Yucatec combination name), and, like many names given to Maya archaeological sites, is a modern name; the ancient name is currently unknown. The "Stone Woman" refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site, beginning in 1892. She is dressed completely in white, and has fire-red glowing eyes. She generally appears in front of "El Castillo", ascends the stone stairs, and disappears into a stone wall.
Belize Cave Stystems - According to the Popul Vuh, an ancient Quiche Maya book that includes a section on the creation of the world, caves, water and mountains were the first forms of landscape to appear when the world was created. To the ancient Maya, any depression in the ground was a cave, including sinkholes, as was any niche between large stones.
for the Maya, caves were spiritual places in addition to being places of fear and death, making caves the perfect place for ceremonial rites and rituals. In fact, almost all known caves in Belize functioned as Maya ceremonial caves. However, only a few living Maya ever visited the caves, and only then to perform the necessary rites and rituals on ledges within the caves. Special ceremonial pots were used in these rituals and at the end of the ritual, the pot was broken or punctured to release its spirit and to prevent the pot from ever being used again.
Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Tour Details
This is tour is a combination of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing. It is designed to last approximately 5.5 hours. It includes an hour 20 minutes drive to the Ruins Of Xunantunich. As we drive to the ruins we will narrating the history of Belize to you. When we arrive in the Village of San Jose Soccutz we will board a hand cranked ferry to cross the river to reach the ruins of xunantunich. When we arrive at the ruins we will have a short restroom break. After the break we will start the tour of the Ruins Of Xunantunich. The tour of the ruins last approximately an hour to an hour and a half.
After the tour of the ruins we will drive 45 minutes to the cave tubing site. When we arrive at the cave tubing site you will be issued with life vests, inner tubes, and a head lamp. We will then start a 25 minutes hike through the rain forest to the cave. As we hike we will be doing presentations in Indian History, Medicinal Plants, and Belize Cave Systems.
The cave tubing part of the tour last approximately an hour and a half. After the cave tubing part of the tour we will drop you off at your hotel.
If you are staying in Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Or Caye Caulker, you will be dropped off at the Water Taxi Terminal.
2 persons: USD$150.00 per/ person
4 Persons and more: USD$130.00 per/ person
6 persons+: USD$110.00 per/ person
Duration between 6 and 7 hours
Tour includes: Lunch, Park Fees, Gears, Transportation from Belize City and Back, and Guiding Fees.
For last minute bookings call: 011-501-600-2631 ( if using an American cell phone )
If using a local phone dial: 600-2631