Xunantunich Maya Temples and Belize Zoo

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Belize - Xunantunich
Belize - Xunantunich
Belize Zoo - small mammal
Belize Zoo - small mammal
Belize Zoo - Crocodile Zoo
Belize Zoo - Crocodile Zoo
Belize Zoo - giant antearter
Belize Zoo - giant antearter
Mopan River
Mopan River
Belize - Xunantunich, the mayan EL castillo pyramid
Belize - Xunantunich, the mayan EL castillo pyramid

What To Expect

Visit the Belize Zoo and get the opportunity to see Belize's amazing wildlife in just one location! Pay a visit to the ancient city of Xunantunich and climb up to the top of "El Castillo" for a panoramic view of Cayo district and nearby Guatemala!


Tours in Belize City
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Belize City
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Hotel pick-up
8 hours
daily at 8:00 AM
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Your adventure begins as you drive from Belize City on the Western Highway heading for the wildlife habitat known as The Belize Zoo. The Zoo was created as a sanctuary for the country's indigenous species and is now home for an impressive array of large cats, primates, reptiles and birds. A visit to the zoo gives you the opportunity to see Belize's amazing wildlife in one location.

Xunantunich (Maya for "Maiden of the Rock") sits just inside the Western border of Belize to nearby Guatemala. Before reaching the entrance of this ancient city, your party will board a 19th century hand-cranked ferry which takes you across the Mopan River during which there is regular sighting of huge green iguanas. A short shuttle ride from the ferry brings you to the entrance of Xunantunich which is located on one of the highest plateaus in the area.

After restroom break your group meets at the Visitor's Center for a historical presentation. During your archeological walk you will be looking out for birds and howler monkeys, and your guide will be pointing out interesting and important trees and plants (Copal, Ramon, Cotton, Allspice) which played a major role, both medicinally and as a food source, to the Maya in ancient times.

Your walk back in time will include viewing of original carved monuments (stellae) which depict Maya rulers and warriors in their full regalia, as well as residential palaces for Maya elites.

The highlight of your Maya exploration brings you to "El Castillo," the tallest of the temples at this site which is 130 feet from ground level. About half way up the temple you get to appreciate an astronomical carving unique to Xunantunich, depicting Maya gods that was discovered in the 1950s.

If you decide to continue the upward walk to the peak of the temple you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Belize River Valley in the Cayo District and nearby Guatemala.


  • Transportation to/from the hotel

  • Guided tour

  • Park fee

  • Lunch at Belizean restaurant

  • Soft beverage


  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • This tour has a 4 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met.

  • Fuel surcharge for round trip pickup and return to Resort now applies for hotel destinations located North of San Pedro Town. Grand Caribe Suites; Belizean Cove Estate; Captain Morgan's Retreat; Belizean Shores; Coco Beach Resort; Las Terrazas Resort 20 USD per person round trip. Mata Chica Resort; Portofino Resort 75 USD (1-4pax). X'Tan Ha Resort; El Secreto 124 USD (1-4pax). In Placencia the following surcharge applies: The Placencia Hotel & Singing Sands Resort - 40 USD per booking.

  • Children below 2 years old are free of charge if seated on adult's lap.

  • Pick-up is between 08:00 and 08:30 directly at the hotel lobby.

  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible as there will be a bit of walking on uneven ground.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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