Belize Mayan Jungle Tours
Altun Ha Maya ruin is located about an hour from Belize City and is the most extensively excavated ruin in Belize. It was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period, as well as a vital trade center that linked the Caribbean shores with other Maya centers in the interior. The ruin consists of two main plazas with some thirteen temple and residential structures. The "Jade Head", representing the Sun God, Kinich Ahau, was the most significant find during excavations. At approximately six inches high and weighing nine and three-quarter pounds, it is still to this day the largest carved jade object in the whole Maya area.
Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre), is about an hour and a half from Belize city notable as a Maya archaeological site that includes skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware. There are several areas of skeletal remains in the main chamber. The best known is "The Crystal Maiden", the skeleton of a teenage girl, possibly a sacrifice victim, whose bones have been calcified to a sparkling, crystallized appearance cemented in the limestone. The ceramics at the site are significant partly because they are marked with "kill holes", which indicates they were used for ceremonial purposes. Many of the Mayan artefacts and remains are completely calcified to the cave floor. One artefact named the “Monkey Pot” is one of just four found in Central America. The Mayans also modified cave formations here, in some instances to create altars for the offerings, in others to create silhouettes of faces and animals, or to project a shadow image into the cave. The cave is extensively decorated with cave formations in the upper passages and is considered the best cave to visit while in Belize.
About an hour and a half in northern Belize is the Community Baboon Sanctuary that is a pioneering project in voluntary grassroots conservation. The goal is to sustain the habitat of the Black Howler Monkey while promoting the economic development of the participating communities. The result has been an innovative project in sustainable ecotourism that protects the habitat for the endangered Black Howler Monkey and other species while offering a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the rainforest and witness Black Howler Monkeys in the wild.
Over 200 private landowners in seven villages, stretching over 20 square miles, have voluntarily pledged to conserve their land for the protection of the Black Howler Monkey habitat. Many of these landowners benefit directly from the Sanctuary, thanks to ecotourism. Many more benefit indirectly through the educational programs. The population of the Black Howler Monkey in the Sanctuary has risen to over 2,000 monkeys.
This tour is done at the Nohoch Che’en cave in the Caves Branch Archaeological reserve. The site is located about an hour from Belize City in the heart of the Belize jungle. This cave system is over 7 miles long with collapse openings along the way revealing many different entrances into the cave. This cave has been around over 175,000 years ago, from water carving out into the limestone. Most of Belize is covered with limestone rock that deposited throughout the region some 256 million years ago, during the cretaceous period, or the Dinosaur days. The Maya people who lived here in Belize about a thousand years ago used these caves for ceremonial purposes and now today it’s an adventure like no other into the Maya underworld.
Half of Belize is covered by dense jungle, and eighty percent of its rainforest remains under government protection, much of it unexplored. These tropical forests provide habitats for a wide range of animals. Our guided rides traverse the trails through sub-tropical broadleaf forest along the Belize River. As you ride along, your naturalist guide will highlight the various unique plant and wildlife species native to the area. There are well groomed riding horses that are suited for all levels of riding experience. This jungle adventure is done in the heart of the Belizean jungle only an hour from Belize City.
An hour from Belize City, and forty five minute boat ride up the New river brings you to one of Belize's largest ceremonial center. In addition to its display of the more exotic features of the ancient Maya in art and architecture, Lamanai also had one of the longest occupation spans dating from 1500 B.C. to the 19th century, which includes the contact period. Historical occupation is represented in the remains of two Christian Churches and a sugar mill. The name of the site was recorded in historical accounts and is Maya for "submerged crocodile".
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is located only an hour from Belize City. It was started in 1983, as a last ditch effort to provide a home for a collection of wild animals which had been used in making documentary films about tropical forests. Shortly after the backyard "zoo" began, it was quickly realized that its Belizean visitors were unfamiliar with the different species of wildlife which shared their country. This very aspect fomented the commitment to develop the little zoo into a dynamic wildlife education center. Today, The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 150 animals, representing over 45 species, all native to Belize. The zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions.
We can take you anywhere in Belize, whether it is an organized adventure tour or just a round trip shuttle from the International airport to your hotel. Our well maintained air conditioned vans assures a safe and comfortable ride to your destination. Come ride and tour with us and experience Belize is a whole new way.
Located near the Guatemala/Belize borders about an hour and a half from Belize City is Xunantunich. This Maya site was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period. The site is composed of six major plazas, surrounded by more than twenty- five temples and palaces. The most prominent structure located at the south end of the site is the pyramid "El -Castillo" (The Castle) which is 130 feet high above the plaza. "El Castillo", which has been partially excavated and explored, was the tallest manmade structure in all of Belize, until the discovery of "Canaa" at Caracol. The most notable feature on "El Castillo" is a remarkable stucco frieze on the east side of the A-6 structure. Three carved stelae found at the site are on display in the plaza. The name is Maya for "stone lady" and is derived from local legend.
This zipline tour is done near the cavetubing site, located an hour from Belize City amongst the jungle tree tops of Belize's Rainforest. This zipline course is truly unforgettable and second to none in Central America and the Caribbean. This is a relatively new zipline tour set up to trill visitors with ten platforms and seven runs. The lines are over seven hundred feet long and over one hundred twenty feet high. The lines are double cable for added safety, fully insured and also certified by the Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).