Archeological Tours in Belize

There are numerous Mayan ruins in Belize; while on one of these tours you'll visit the best of them. Archeological tours are led by knowledgeable guides who will show you ruins and teach you about the history, culture, and myth that surround them. You'll visit ancient palaces and temples, or explore caves to see the skeletons of Mayan sacrificial victims. These tours are a wonderful option for history buffs or amateur archeologists.

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Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves, Belize
Actun Tunichil Muknal CavesBelize City

Actun Tunichil Muknal cave is the doorway to Xibalba, the Maya underworld. This cave contains ceramics and human skeletons that have fused with the walls of the cave. The most famous of these remains is the Crystal Maiden, a skeleton of a young woman believed to have been a sacrifice. Her bones are now partially covered with the sparkling build-up of cave sediment.

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Cave Exploration
Cave Tubing and Xunantunich Maya Ruin, Belize
Cave Tubing and Xunantunich Maya RuinAmbergris Caye

We begin by making our way to the mainland & up the Belize River. Along the way as we serve breakfast keep an eye out to spot crocodiles, iguanas & possibly manatees.

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Cave Exploration
Ruins
Tubing
Tikal One Day From San Ignacio, Belize
Tikal One Day From San IgnacioSan Ignacio

Explore the vast ruins of Tikal during this one-day tour. You’ll visit Tikal’s temples and pyramids, learn about Mayan culture, and walk along short trails through the jungle.

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Guided Tours
Ruins
Cave Tubing & Xunantunich Maya Temples, Belize
Cave Tubing & Xunantunich Maya TemplesBelize City

This tour will bring you to the top of a Maya temple, and then to the entrance of the Maya underworld. The temple is inside the Maya city of Xunantunich, which is located near the border of Guatemala. Its name translates to “Maiden of the Rock.” After you ascend the walls of its temple, you’ll continue the tour to the Cave Branch River, where you’ll follow the river into a series of caves that had intense spiritual significance for the Maya.

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Cave Exploration
Guided Tours
Ruins
Lubaantun Mayan Ruin & Blue Creek Cave, Belize
Lubaantun Mayan Ruin & Blue Creek CavePlacencia

Visit the Maya Ruin site of Lubaantun and then hike to the caves of Blue Creek. Located in the remote south of Belize is a magical 1300 year old Mayan ruin that is just waiting to share its story with you. Step into the past and imagine coming here as an early explorer, hacking your way through the jungle to the crumbling steps.

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Guided Tours
Nature Walk
Ruins
Cahal Pech Tour, Belize
Cahal Pech TourSan Ignacio

Located on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful town of San Ignacio is the Cahal Pech Maya site and the Visitor Center. This site is one of the oldest Maya ruins in Belize.

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Archeology
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Xunantunich Mayan Temple, Belize
Xunantunich Mayan TempleSan Ignacio

This site has one of the most interesting collection temples of any Maya ruins in Belize. There’s the 130-foot tall El Castillo temple, which is one of the tallest buildings in the country. Visitors can climb to the top of it stepped facade to check out the incredible surrounding landscape.

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Guided Tours
Ruins
Xunantunich and Barton Creek Cave Tour, Belize
Xunantunich and Barton Creek Cave TourBelize City

On this tour, you’ll get to see two very different Maya sites. The first, Xuanantinuch, is the ruins of a compact but impressive Maya city. Here visitors can stroll around multiple plazas and temples. At the nearby Barton Creek Cave, you’ll see a cave that served as an entrance to Xibalba, the Maya underworld.

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Kayaking
Naturalist Guide
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Tikal National Park And Mayan Ruins, Belize
Tikal National Park And Mayan RuinsSan Ignacio

This full-day tour to Tikal National Park introduces you to the greatest city the Maya ever built. It dates back to 200 BC, and remained a flourishing capital until 900 AD. At its height, it is believed to have supported a population of around 90,000.

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Guided Tours
Ruins
Altun Ha Maya Ruin and Maruba Spa, Belize
Altun Ha Maya Ruin and Maruba SpaAmbergris Caye

Combine history, culture, and relaxation on this tour of the Altun Ha ruins and the Maruba Spa. The spa has treatment areas out in the open that blend in with the jungle surroundings.

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Leisure
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, Belize
Xunantunich and Cahal PechSan Ignacio

This half-day tour takes you to two of the most famous Maya sites in Belize, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. After your day of historical sightseeing, you’ll have gotten a fascinating look at Maya culture and architecture. Besides the Maya sites, you’ll also get to admire jungle wildlife along the way.

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Naturalist Guide
Ruins
Walking
Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize
Actun Tunichil MuknalPlacencia

Take a road-trip from Placencia Village to one of the most interesting natural formations in western Belize: Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave . This is an all-day adventure that requires a good amount of physical fitness — you’ll hike, swim, and crawl to explore the depths of this cave. Once you clamber into the cave’s dark interior, it’s not hard to imagine it as the ideal location for dark rituals.

Archeology
Guided Tours
Xunantunich and Inland Blue Hole, Belize
Xunantunich and Inland Blue HolePlacencia

This tour is an active exploration of the terrain once controlled by the Maya. You’ll get to hike, climb, and swim as you make your way through the jungle of western Belize, on your way to see the staggering sights of Xunantunich and the swimming hole nestled in St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park. Along the way, your guide can help paint a picture of what life was like for the Mayans who called this world their home.

Archeology
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Caracol Maya Temple, Belize
Caracol Maya TempleSan Ignacio

This tour will take you to two different nature reserves in the Maya Mountain region of western Belize. You'll get to see Maya ruins and some of the incredible natural formations that characterize this part of the country. Keep in mind that there is some hiking and climbing involved in this tour, so participants should be at least moderately fit and have no physical limitations.

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Hiking
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Caracol Mayan Site Tour, Belize
Caracol Mayan Site TourSan Ignacio

Caracol Mayan Temples was discovered in 1938 by loggers, located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve now it is the most extensive Maya site in Belize and one of the biggest in the Maya World.

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Nature Walk
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Walking
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, Belize
Actun Tunichil Muknal CaveAmbergris Caye

In the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave you get to explore both a natural wonder and an archaeological goldmine. ATM is a wet cave that the Maya believed served as an entrance to the underworld. They used it for ceremonial purposes, and left plenty of evidence behind.

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Cave Exploration
Naturalist Guide
Caracol Mayan Temple, Belize
Caracol Mayan TempleSan Ignacio

Take this full-day tour to visit the impressive remains of the Caracol site. It served as an important trading hub for nearby Tikal, which is right across the border in Guatemala. This is an educational tour as well as an opportunity to experience the forests of western Belize. It also includes a break for lunch.

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Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Lamanai Jungle River, Belize
Lamanai Jungle RiverAmbergris Caye

Lamanai Jungle River will explore new areas of the new river of Lamanai

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Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Lamanai Maya Temples & the New River Safari, Belize
Lamanai Maya Temples & the New River SafariBelize City

Belize is a country of Maya history, diverse flora and fauna, and gorgeous rivers and streams. In the rainforest of the Orange Walk District, this tour combines these elements into one day’s adventure. The tour offers hotel pick up from Belize City, and even the two hour drive to the river is scenic and informative, with guides narrating the route.

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Naturalist Guide
Ruins
Safari Float
Tikal Mayan Ruins - Belize to Guatemala, Belize
Tikal Mayan Ruins - Belize to GuatemalaSan Ignacio

Tikal is a highly doable day-trip from San Ignacio, and this all-day excursion ensures that you don’t miss out on seeing one of the most spectacular ruins left behind by the Maya. This is an all-day tour, and includes a stop for lunch. Join your guide for an exciting trek to the jungle, which with any luck will include sightings of some incredible wildlife – keep an eye out for the famous resplendent quetzals and their tremendous tail feathers. Sightings of monkeys and birds will continue once you arrive, and you’ll get to watch jungle animals skitter up and down the stony faces of the many temples.

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