After a recent liveaboard dive trip, a friend and I decided to spend some time topside seeing the sights. We prebooked a full-day tour to see the Xunatunich Mayan Ruins and go ziplining though Way To Go travel. They subcontracted it out to a local company who had another person on the tour who had booked locally. Our tour guide, Robert Lopez (email@example.com) was excellent and extremely knowledgable. He picked us up at our hotel in a van, and there was 1 other single lady from South Africa on the tour with us. We were unable to get to Xunatunich as the river we had to cross was too swollen, so they substituted a visit to Cahal Pech ruins. During the nearly 2 hour ride to the ruins, he told us all about Belize - the history, people, culture, wildlife, plants/trees, etc. Several times, he spotted a bird, critter, or vantage point and pulled over to let us take pictures. He was also very patient with our hundreds of questions, but didn't try to force conversation when we just wanted some quiet. Cahal Pech was very interesting, and we were able to crawl all over the ruins as he told us about the Mayan culture and history of the Mayan cities. It amazed us that there was no one else at the site so we had the entire "park" to ourselves, and that we were able to climb and go into the ruins - the Belize government doesn't have the money to protect them very well, so they are open for people explore as closely as they want. After several hours there, we drove about 75 mins back to the area where we were going zipline and have lunch. As an aside, this area is also where we had been a few days earlier when we went cave tubing - they also offer kayaking/canoeing and horseback trips and have a gift shop, restaurant, bar, restrooms and changing facilities. Lunch was good - there was no one else in the area so instead of the buffet, they prepared meals individually. After lunch, we got fitted in harnesses and had our safety brief before taking a hike into the jungle. I will admit that I have issues with heights, but I never once felt uncomfortable or hesitant to go down the zipline. The guides were very friendly, professional, and instilled confidence in their safety procedures, abilities, and equipment. They were also very patient with pictures and when we wanted to change the order that we went down the zipline so that we could get pictures/movies. The ziplines are actually 2 separate cables and your harness has to pulleys, 1 attached to each line. As I always worry about the equipment breaking and me falling, this provided great security. The entire tour lasted just over an hour - it would have been longer, of course, if there were more than 3 of us - and was very fun. It is not very strenuous, though there is some hiking and stair climbing involved. Overall, a very good day and well worth the time and money.
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