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Archaeology & History Tours

Although Las Terrazas Resort is located on the island of Ambergris Caye, our concierge can arrange any number of tours to mainland Belize. Journey to the land of the ancient Maya from your base on Ambergris Caye to tour ancient ruins with the help of an expert guide. We work with trusted tour operators and coordinate all necessary travel for you.

Altun Ha Maya Ruins & Maruba Resort

Climb the steps of the ancient Mayan rulers at Altun-Ha. Learn more about the history of the Mayan Civilization and about the largest carved jade head ever discovered which
represents the Mayan Sun God, Kinich Ahau. Take the boat and ride up the northern river and enjoy the vast variety of flora and fauna. See the elusive crocodiles and iguanas on the way to the village of Bomba. For lunch, visit The Maruba Resort natural jungle restaurant where one purchases their own lunch. Have a horseback ride through the jungle or a refreshing swim in the pool or settle for a nice spa treatment at Maruba Resort. On the way back, get a glimpse of the wide variety of birds that roam this part of the country. Drinks, water, sodas, beer & all transportation included. $5.00US National Park Entrance Fee not included. Bring along comfortable wearing apparel, shoes that will not slip, your binoculars, camera and sun block.

Level of difficulty – Easy

Trip time:  Leaves 6:45 AM & Returns 5:30 PM
Equipment Needed: Hiking Boots, Wet shoes, Bug Spray, Cameras, Sun Block, Hat, Towels
Appropriate Clothing:  Swimsuit, Change of Clothing
Bring along entrance fee:  $5.00US per Person
Tour Operator Provides:  Lunch, Drinks, and Guides

Xunantunich Maya Ruins

After traveling back to the mainland you’ll see rolling hills, winding rivers and the ancient land of the Maya.This tour will help enhance your understanding of the Maya while enjoying the rich history of this center. Xunantunich is located across from San Jose Succotz, a few miles from the western border. The partially excavated and largest pyramid, El Castillo, rises 130ft above the main plaza and offers and impressive panoramic view of the Belize’s Cayo District and nearby Guatemala. Bring extra clothes, hiking shoes & swimsuit. Lunch and soft drinks included.

This tour can be combined with Cave tubing, the Belize Zoo or Zipline tour.

Level of difficulty – Easy to Moderate

Trip time:  Leaves 6:45 AM & Returns 5:30 PM
Equipment Needed: Hiking Boots, Wet shoes, Bug Spray, Camera, Sun Block, Hat, Binoculars, Towels
Appropriate Clothing:  Swimsuit, Change of Clothing
Bring along entrance fee :  $5.00US per Person
Tour Operator Provides:  Lunch, Drinks, and Guides

Lamanai Maya Ruins

The start of your day begins with a pick up from the Las Terrazas Resort dock where your intriguing tour of the Mayan Civilization begins! Once on board, enjoy a delightful continental breakfast as you make your way through the Northern River where you will see a wide variety of flora and fauna. Shortly after only one hour you arrive at Bomba Village where you will board a private air conditioned van that will take you along the Old Pan American Highway to Tower Hill. Here you will once again board another boat that will take you down the winding New River Lagoon for 45 minutes. Encounter the many species of birds, monkeys, crocodiles, interesting plant life, and culture as you pass the Amish and Mestizo communities along the way. Once at Lamanai, lunch is served along with sodas, beers and rum punch. Lamanai, translated as “submerged crocodile,” is a pre-classic structure in the Mundo Maya. This is the only Mayan site in Belize that has its own private museum, where all the artifacts found by archaeologist Pendergast's team are kept. A detailed and informative briefing on all artifacts is also provided by our experienced tour guides. The tour covers approximately 5 to 8 of the Lamanai Mayan Temples. While touring this site, huge masks depicting dead rulers and gods seem to materialize out of the rainforest amid the chatter of birdlife and the haunting call of the Howler Monkeys. Your guide will point out the Copal and Raman trees, which were all great importance in ancient times. 

Level of difficulty – Easy to Moderate

Trip time:  Leaves 6:45 AM & Returns 5:00 PM
*By air:  Eliminates boat ride to the mainland time by 1 hour each way
Equipment Needed: Comfortable shoes that will not slip, Bug Spray, Camera, Sun Block, Hat, Binoculars
Bring along entrance fee :  $5.00US per Person

Tikal Mayan Pyramids

1 Night, 2 Day Tour. Tikal is located in the Peten region of Guatemala forming part of the Mayan biosphere reserve. The Tikal national park covers an area of 222 square miles. Visit the famous temples at Tikal while observing endangered species of flora and fauna protected in this park. Over 300 species of birds make the park there home includes parrots, Toucans, humming birds and oscillated turkeys. Tikal is one of the most impressive and pristine Mayan cities in Central America. This is undoubtedly the most researched and excavated Maya ruin site throughout Central America. The trip takes you from Belize into the jungle regions of Guatemala where you will have the opportunity to study the extensive archaeological sites continuously being uncovered. This trip can also be offered as an overnight trip by land that gives you more time to enjoy these incredible ruins. Bring hiking shoes, sunscreen and your camera.

DAY 1 - Visit to Xunantunich in the western Belize, then we head for an exotic lunch at the Cabana in Peten. After lunch we visit Yaxha Mayan site indulging ourselves in the lost Mayan civilization. We head for an overnight to the Island of Flores Peten for your shopping pleasure.

DAY 2 - Leave Flores at 8:00 AM and head to Tikal. We return for home at 1:00 PM

Level of difficulty – Easy

Trip time:  Leaves 2:00 PM & Returns (following day) 5:30 PM
Equipment Needed: Hiking Boots, Wet shoes, Bug Spray, Cameras, Sun Block, Hat, Binoculars
Appropriate Clothing: Light clothing, Optional Change of Clothing
Other:  Entrance fee & Departure tax
Tour Operator Provides:  Overnight accommodations, meals, park fees, and guides

Actun Tunichil Mucknal (ATM Caves)

Travel back in time and follow pathways used by the Maya and discover lost worlds that have been hidden deep within the jungle for centuries. Take a tour with us as we unveil the mysteries and secrets of the Maya underworld. Witness spectacular visions of the jungle, while trekking across rivers and remote jungle trails. We will take you back over 2,000 years in history as you learn about the Maya and witness first hand how the Ancients used these amazing caverns. See Burial Chambers with calcified remains, ceremonial vessels and other cultural artifacts left by the Maya centuries ago.  Artifacts are often looted from caves following their discovery. Because of this, passage through this cave is known to only a few select guides, who have permission from the Belize Department of Archeology to take visitors to this special cave. As a result, nearly all of the cultural artifacts have remained in place as they were originally found in 1989.

Start your day with an early flight to Belize City at 7:00 AM where your ATM guide will meet and greet you. Wind the scenic Western Highway towards Guatemala to the village of Teakettle.  From there head south to the Tapir Mountain Nature. You will take a nature trail for 45 minutes on flat clean shaded trail, 3 streams crossing during this jungle hike, water knee deep. At the end of the hike you arrive at the camp ground just outside the cave. Here you sit down for lunch and orientation about the cave, history, geology, safety rules and regulations. After the orientation and lunch your tour starts off with a swim into the cave 15 feet long, but also 15 feet deep (life jackets available for non swimmers.) Your first 40 minutes in the cave is walking through water and is sometimes from ankle height to chest deep after which you arrive at the main chamber. The chamber is 350 meters in length by 50 meters in width. Here you see artifacts such as ancient Maya potteries, skeletal remains, stone tools and beautiful formations. Cave time is approximately 3 hours.  At the end of the tour you will hike back to the car, drive to Belize City, fly to San Pedro and boat back to Las Terrazas, returning back at approximately 5:30 PM.

Level of difficulty – Moderate

Trip time:  Leaves 7:00 AM & Returns 5:30 PM - Flying Only
Equipment Needed: Hiking Boots, Wet shoes, Extra Socks, Bug Spray, Cameras, Sun Block, Hat
Appropriate Clothing: Light clothing, Change of Clothing
Tour Operator Provides:  Headlights, helmets, lunch. Vegetarian options available.

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