XUNANTUNICH AND RIVER KAYAK

A GUIDE TO NATURE

Xunantunich meaning “maiden of the rock” or “stone woman” in Maya. It is situated on the Western Highway across the Mopan River, from the village of San Jose Succotz. This site is less than one mile from some lovely rapids of the Mopan River and provides an impressive view of the entire river valley, just 20 min. Drive from San Ignacio. Our tour departs San Ignacio Town at 8:00 AM.

 

We have a tour of Xunantunich which will be about 2-3 hrs. After the tour, we all have lunch a locally homemade lunch, enjoy our local Belizean Cuisine. After lunch, we will be ready for another exciting adventurous tour. If you’re new to kayaking or just want a low-key outdoor experience, join us on our five popular river trips! Each trip is geared towards an exciting adventure and is focused on enjoying nature while gliding through the rapids of the Mopan River.

 

Before the tour our Naturalist guide will provide you with a brief introduction, regarding the tour, Basic water safety, uses of equipment and Kayaks. Enjoy seeing large Iguanas, Birds, Howler Monkeys, Butterflies, and Exotic Hard Wood Trees. Our guides are certified and trained with the Belize Disaster and Rescue response team, Wilderness First Aid, Cave Rescue, and Surface Water Rescue and Evacuation.

 

 

Come join us, while we glide down the Mopan River and learn the history of the past, which was once use, in a way of transportation for Gum Cutters and Loggers.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

PLEASE NOTE: All participants must have basic swimming skills and be 14 years and older.

WHAT TO WEAR

  • Comfortable light weight clothing (short and t-shirt with proper footwear (hiking shoes))

THINGS TO BRING:

  •  Mosquito repellent
  • sunscreen
  • sun-glasses
  • Hats
  • Cameras
  • Waterproof Camera and water shoes for the Kayak Trip.
  • Extra Dry Clothes to Change after the tour

MENNONITE COMMUNITY – LAGOON KAYAK

Let’s take a drive across the Belize River aboard a hand crank ferry to this very amazing modern community called Spanish lookout. Established around 1958, it is a well-developed and fast-growing town in the Cayo District. The citizens of this community speak Plautdietsch (low German with Dutch influence meaning flat or low” (referring to the plains of northern Germany), and the name Dietsch corresponds etymologically to Dutch Duits and German Deutsch (both meaning “German”),most also speak English and Spanish. It is largely an agricultural community with some light industry such as furniture making, prefabricated wood houses, find best ice-cream and the only oil field production in Belize.  The Mennonite community plays an important role in the Belize economy, they produce products such as grains, vegetables, cattle, poultry, and dairy products. After spending some time and learning the history of the Mennonite community and having a taste of the Mennonite Belizean Cuisine, we would move on to something different and adventurous.

As we make our way to one of the best birding spots, starting with a drive, through the rolling hills of this wonderful community, enjoying the picturesque view of the Spanish lookout. The area consists, miles of developed open Savannah, and farmlands used for cattle grazing and agricultural products, such as corn and red kidney beans. Driving for a few more minutes we then enter a sub-tropical forest reserve.

Having several different habitats in the area, it makes a perfect birding destination for Yellow rumpled warblers, white-tailed kites, laughing falcon, fly-catchers, and more.

Our naturalist guide will provide you with a brief introduction, regarding the tour, basic water safety uses of equipment, and kayaks   Level of Difficulty: Easy

PLEASE NOTE: All participants must have basic swimming skills and be 14 years and older.

WHAT TO WEAR

  • Comfortable lightweight clothing (short and t-shirt with proper footwear (hiking shoes))

THINGS TO BRING:

  •  Mosquito repellent
  • sunscreen
  • sun-glasses
  • Hats
  • Cameras
  • Waterproof Camera and water shoes for the Kayak Trip.
  • Extra Dry Clothes to Change after the tour

HORSE BACK RIDING

Horseback Riding is an ideal way to view the beauty of the outdoors and to enjoy the peace and listen to the sounds of rushing small rapids as you meander along the banks of the Mopan River.

 

Enjoying the feeling and Experience close contact with the gentle animals. The horses are calm and well trained; they will do the rest with little help from you.

 

Discover a wonderful world of wildlife and vegetation, beautiful birds, butterflies, and a wide variety of medicinal plants. ; Professional horse guides will give you safety and riding instructions. We take you horseback Riding to the Maya archaeological site of Xunantunich Maya Site.

 

We depart from San Ignacio Town at 8:00 AM and return to town around 1:00 PM.

Our horses are well-trained and clean horses. This tour is recommended for all ages.

Ask about combining Horse-Back Riding with Xunantunich or another half-day tour

 

Level of Difficulty: Easy

What to Wear: comfortable clothing, good hiking shoes.

What to Bring: Sunscreen, bug repellent, and Cameras.

What is Included: Transportation, guide, lunch, and entrance fee.

RIVER KAYAKING

Kayaking is just another outdoor sport for everyone to enjoy. It provides you with a healthy and fitness lifestyle. It can be relaxing and sometimes challenging. No worries we will guide you through.

 

It is a fun activity where you can do it solo or in pairs.  It is also a sport you can choose to do for a few hours or you can challenge yourself to an expedition for a  few days just let us know we can make that arrangement for you.

River Kayaking is a half-day tour that starts around 8:00 AM and returns to town around 1:00 PM. We kayak for about three hours on the Mopan River while we bask in the knowledge and history of the river. Look closely as your guide points out various flora and fauna along the river bank. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the river to end our day.

 

** Ask about kayaking on the Macal River as an alternative option

Ask about combining River Kayaking with Xunantunich or another of our half-day tours

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

What to wear: Comfortable clothing for kayaking.

What to bring: Extra clothes, bug repellent, sunscreen, swimwear, and water-proof cameras

What is included: Lunch, guide, entrance fees, transportation, equipment, and taxes.

BELIZE ZOO NOCTURNAL TOUR

Belize Zoo Night Tour

The Belize Zoo 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. Today, The Belize Zoo is settled upon 29 acres of Tropical Savannah and exhibits over 150 animals, representing over 45 species, all native to Belize.

The zoo keeps animals that were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions.

 

A visit to the zoo is the best way to get an introduction to the animals of Belize and to understand why it is important to protect the habitats that sustain them.

To experience and see the wild side of Belize, on our night tour you will be able to see all the five wild cats, such as The Elusive Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot, Jaguarundi, and the Margay. You will also be able to see other wildlife animals such as Morlet Crocodile, Harpy Eagle, Scarlet Macaw, Tapir (Belize’s National Animal), The Keeled Billed Toucan (Belize’s National Bird), and many more.

Departing San Ignacio at 5:00, while at the Zoo parking lot,we have dinner before touring the Zoo, we are back at 9 pm.

 

Level of Difficulty: Easy

What to wear: Long pants, a t-shirt or long-sleeved shirts. Proper footwear is recommended.

What to bring:  bug repellent, and Cameras

What has included: Transportation, Packed dinner, water, sodas, guide, headlamps, and entrance fees.