Belize Xunantunich Ruins and Cave Tubing Adventure Excursion (S1779)

Duration 6 h
Activity Level Moderate
Minimum Age 5 Years Old
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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.

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MED: Multiple Excursion Discount Automatically applied to your shopping cart when booking TWO or MORE participating Belize Excursions in the same shopping cart.
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Adults (10 years and up): $104.99$19.99$85.00$2.00
Children (5 to 9 years): $74.99$19.99$55.00$2.00
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Belize Xunantunich Ruins and Cave Tubing Adventure Excursion Reviews


Your chance to see both the famous Mayan ruins of Xunantunich and enjoy some fun, relaxing Cave Tubing, all in one great excursion.

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Melinda Sacramento, CA
     5/5 Visited in June 2015

I started off worried about going in the companies unmarked van, but soon realized that my 4 girlfriends and I were in great hands. Sean gave us a tour of Belize, including details and interesting facts. He took the time to show us many different trees, fruits, and plants as we encountered them during the day. He went above and beyond by showing us the neat details around Belize, especially in the caves. As we walked by the other groups with different tour guides, I felt honored to have Sean give us such special treatment. He took us to an authentic restaurant for lunch and rushed us back to the port just in time to make the tender to the ship. We had an AMAZING time! Everything was perfect! Sean went above & beyond. I cannot thank Sean enough for giving us such a perfect experience in the beautiful city of Belize. HIGHLY recommended. THANK YOU SEAN FOR MAKING OUR GRADUATION CELEBRATION PERFECT!
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Freedom Couple Dallas, TX
Lengthy Excursion NOT for the weak!
     2/5 Visited in January 2017

This excursion is too long in my opinion. I felt as though we were rushed to make it back on the boat before leaving. Cave tubing was really fun, but does require a lot of rocky walking that is extensive. Only book this excursion if you're ready for a very eventful day. Do not expect to have any time at all for shopping or other activities. The drive through Belize is a bit scary but we did feel safe with (the) crew. This excursion would be perfect if just visiting Belize without being on the cruise.
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Matt Utah
Fantastic way to see Belize!
     5/5 Visited in July 2015

This excursion was one of our favorites of the cruise. This was my first excursion booking outside the cruise line so I was a little nervous. Finding the excursion operator was easy with a little dirrection from all the various vendors. My favorite thing about this excursion was the fact that our EXCELLENT tour guide was our personal guide for everything throughout the day. He drove us from place to place, provided the tour of the ruins and was the cave tubing guide! His knowledge and expertise was excellent and was a joy to spend the day with. On this tour you will get to walk amoung beautiful Mayan ruins. The views are spectacular! The cave tubing is a must see, pictures can not capture the beauty of the caverns! On top of this, you get to see so many parts of Belize. This would include miles of countryside, numberous small communities and inner city streets that are narrow, run-down and frankly a little scary, but honestly a safe and fantastic way to see Belize! Understand there is much to do and lots to see on this excursion so you will feel rushed throughout the day. The guide made sure we were back to the ship in time (never really felt this was in question) but we did drive a little hurried from place to place, just buckle up, white-knuckle grab your arm rest and enjoy the ride. If you need or desire relaxation and do not want to feel rushed this might not be the best thing for you, but if your up for a little adventure and fast-paced action you will love what you see. Well worth the price!
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Courtney California
Loved it!
     5/5 Visited in June 2015

Our tour guide Sean was amazing, he was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to ensure that my friends and I had an once in lifetime experience in Belize! I felt that the tour was tailored to our individual needs, he went out of his way to take us to an authentic resturantant in the heart of the city and made sure that we made it back to the port in time to reach our tender boat. It was unforgettable experience thanks to Sean.
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