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Belize Mayan Ruin Tours from our Ambergris Caye Belize Hotel

Although Las Terrazas Resort is located on the island of Ambergris Caye, our Belize hotel concierge can arrange exciting tours to mainland Belize. Journey to the land of the ancient Maya from Ambergris Caye to tour ancient ruins with the help of expert guides. Experience Mayan civilizations and significant archaeological sites, swim through mysterious caves and embrace the rich culture of Belize that dates back thousands of years. Las Terrazas Belize boutique resort partners with trusted tour operators and coordinates all necessary travel for you.
  • Altun Ha Maya Ruins & Maruba Resort
  • Xunantunich Maya Ruins
  • Lamanai Maya Ruins
  • Tikal Mayan Pyramids
  • Actun Tunichil Mucknal

Altun Ha Maya Ruins & Maruba Resort

Climb the steps of the ancient Mayan rulers at Altun-Ha. Learn 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 diversity of flora and fauna. See the elusive crocodiles and iguanas on the way to the village of Bomba. For lunch, visit Maruba Resort's natural jungle restaurant where you can purchase your own meal. Take a horseback ride through the jungle, a refreshing swim in the pool, or indulge in a spa treatment at Maruba Resort. On the way back, get a glimpse of the variety of birds that roam this part of the country. Drinks, water, sodas, beer and all transportation are included. A $5.00 US National Park Entrance Fee is not included. Wear comfortable apparel, shoes that will not slip, and binoculars.
Level of difficulty - Easy
  • Trip time: Leaves 6:45 AM & Returns 5:30 PM
  • Tour Operator Provides: Lunch, Drinks, and Guides
  • Appropriate Clothing: Swimsuit, Change of Clothing
  • Bring along entrance fee: $5.00 US per Person
  • Equipment Needed: Hiking Boots, Wet shoes, Bug Spray, Cameras, Sun Block, Hat, Towels

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 enhance your understanding of the Maya while enjoying the rich history of this site. Xunantunich is across from San Jose Succotz, a few miles from the western border. The partially excavated and largest pyramid, El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers impressive panoramic views of Belize's Cayo District and Guatemala. Bring extra clothes, hiking shoes and a swimsuit. Lunch and soft drinks are included. This tour can be combined with Cave Tubing, Belize Zoo or Zipline tours.
Level of difficulty - Easy to Moderate
  • Trip time: Leaves 6:45 AM & Returns 5:30 PM
  • Tour Operator Provides: Lunch, Drinks, and Guides
  • Appropriate Clothing: Swimsuit, Change of Clothing
  • Bring along entrance fee : $5.00US per Person
  • Equipment Needed: Hiking Boots, Wet shoes, Bug Spray, Camera, Sun Block, Hat, Binoculars, Towels

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 continental breakfast as you make your way through the Northern River where you will see a variety of flora and fauna. After 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 a 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 provided by 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 bird life and the haunting call of the Howler Monkeys. Your guide will point out the Copal and Raman trees, which were of 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 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 : $5.00 US 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. Tikal National Park covers 222 square miles. Visit the famous temples at Tikal while observing endangered species of flora and fauna protected in this park. See over 300 species of birds that make the park there home, including parrots, toucans, hummingbirds 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 Mayan ruin site in Central America. The trip takes you from Belize into the jungles of Guatemala where you will have the opportunity to study the extensive archaeological sites continuously being uncovered. This trip can be offered as an overnight trip by land that gives you more time to enjoy these incredible ruins.
DAY 1 - Visit Xunantunich in western Belize, then head for an exotic lunch at the Cabana in Peten. After lunch, you visit the Yaxha Mayan site and immerse yourself in this lost Mayan civilization. Then you head for an overnight to the Island of Flores Peten, where you can enjoy a local shopping adventure.
DAY 2 - Leave Flores at 8:00 AM and head to Tikal. We return at 1:00 PM
Level of difficulty - Easy
  • Trip time: Leaves 2:00 PM & Returns (following day) 5:30 PM
  • Appropriate Clothing: Light clothing, Optional Change of Clothing
  • Other: Entrance fee & Departure tax
  • Tour Operator Provides: Overnight accommodations, meals, park fees, and guides
  • Equipment Needed: Hiking Boots, Wet shoes, Bug Spray, Cameras, Sun Block, Hat, Binoculars

Actun Tunichil Mucknal (ATM Caves)

Travel back in time and follow pathways used by the Maya and discover lost worlds hidden deep within the jungle for centuries. This tour reveals the mysteries of the Maya underworld. Witness spectacular visions of the jungle, while trekking across rivers and remote jungle trails. Go 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 cultural artifacts left by the Maya centuries ago. Artifacts are often looted from caves following their discovery. Because of this, passage through this special cave is known to only a few select guides who have permission from the Belize Department of Archeology. 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 hike a flat, shaded nature trail through the jungle for 45 minutes, crossing three streams with 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, and safety rules. 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, 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 pottery, 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 Belize boutique resort, returning at approximately 5:30 PM.
Level of difficulty - Moderate
  • Trip time: Leaves 7:00 AM & Returns 5:30 PM - Flying Only
  • Appropriate Clothing: Light clothing, change of clothing
  • Equipment Needed: Hiking Boots, Wet shoes, Extra Socks, Bug Spray, Cameras, Sun Block, Hat
  • Tour Operator Provides: Headlights, helmets, lunch. Vegetarian options available.
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