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- Air-conditioned, round-trip transportation from your Belize cruise ship tender pier!
- Conducted by highly trained professional Belize shore excursion specialists!
- English speaking certified guide!
- Best tubing equipment, Great safety record and highest standards!
- The area's most impressive Mayan ruins - less crowded, many structures to see!
- All entrance fees included no additional costs!
- Complimentary lunch and beverages!
For those guests arriving into Harvest Caye, Belize please see our Harvest Caye Excursions
PLEASE NOTE: Guests on Carnival Breeze, Conquest and Glory may not have enough time to do the ruins due to those ship's new tendering service. Guests ONLY on those ships should not book.
On this Belize Cruise Excursion, you will visit one of the most impressive Mayan Ruins in Belize, Xunantunich! This Mayan ruins sightseeing excursion usually means fewer visitors and many structures that you can still climb! After your guided excursion of Xunantunich Ruins, enjoy cave tubing on Nohoch Che'en Archaeological Park.
Your Shore Excursion day in Belize starts right when your friendly shore excursion staff meet you right outside the cruise tender terminal in Belize City. They will get you checked in and the air-conditioned excursion van will take you on a 90-minute ride to the ruins. The journey will offer a variety of views of Belize. Green lawns, palm trees, plantations, and hillside will be part of the scenery. Please note that the order of the shore excursion activities may be switched depending on the time and conditions.
You will have the chance to experience a hand operated cable ferry ride across the 132 feet wide river. This ride is as smooth as it is brief. It is only a 10-minute river crossing ride, enough to step outside the van and stretch your legs while taking pictures of the beautiful Belize landscape.
The Xunantunich Mayan ruins may have gotten its name, "Maiden of the Rocks" from its perch on a natural limestone ridge where visitors have a fantastic view of the surrounding area. The ruins are also called "Stone Woman" and it refers to the ghost of a woman that the locals believe inhabits the grounds.
El Castillo (or The Castle) is the second largest Maya temple in Belize. Standing at 135 foot above the level of the main plaza and to date, you still have the opportunity to climb this impressive structure. Reaching the top you can enjoy the unique view including "Melchor de Mencos", a border town of Guatemala. Xunantunich is literally the top of the Mayan World! Your local Belize shore excursion guide will have many fascinating facts to share about this Ancient Maya astrological site!
After your guided excursion to Xunantunich, the ride to the Nohoch Che'en Archaeological Park is about 30 minutes. This is the hub for your cave tubing adventure part of this Cruise Excursion in Belize. You will be greeted at the base camp and your excursion guides will go over safety information and instructions. Then, you will get your headlamp and follow the guide on the walk to the cave entrance - approximately 25 minutes.
These mysterious caves that were considered to be the ancient Underworld of the Maya. Spectacular crystal formations over 5,000,000 years old cast shadows on the cave walls as you explore and experience the most sacred area of the ancient Maya as you gently float along. A living museum, where the past can still be experienced in its historical and natural location. Glide past openings in the ceiling of the caves, filtering mists of jungle light, as you float through underground river caves sparkling with mica-studded stalactites and stalagmites. There are 3 caves you get to float through. Your friendly shore excursion guide will help you to get the most of this experience.
When the cave tubing portion of this Belize Cruise Excursion is completed, a traditional Belizean lunch and complimentary Rum Punch and refreshments will be provided for you. The ride back to Belize City Port is about 60 minutes and you will be dropped off directly at your cruise tender pier. This excursion is only available for cruise ship guests.