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Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins Including Traditional Lunch

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to the meeting point in San Ignacio town on the morning of the tour, and enjoy transport to the nearby family-owned stables, where you'll be paired with one of more than 45 resident horses. Set off with your guide on a scenic trail ride that passes through a private organic farm and the traditional village of San Jose Succotz, keeping an eye out for native birds, monkeys, and plant species along the way. Cross the Mopan River on a historic hand-cranked ferry, and ride up to the hilltop site of Xunantunich.

    Dismount with the help of your guide and explore the impressive archaeological site by foot. Learn the long history behind the once-powerful city that served as an important trading and ceremonial site in Mesoamerica as you walk along the ruins of palaces, temples, a marketplace, a ball court, and bathhouses. If you like, climb to the top of the El Castillo stone pyramid — one of the tallest in Belize — for stunning panoramic views of the surrounding jungle.

    After getting your fill of archaeological adventure, climb back on your horse for the ride to local restaurant Benny’s Kitchen, and recharge with an included lunch of traditional Belizean cuisine. Give your horse a farewell pat back at the stables, and return to the original departure point in San Ignacio. The total tour time is flexible and typically ranges from 4–6 hours, based on the preferred pace of the group.
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    Departure Point
    Mayawalk Tours, 19 Burns Avenue, San Ignacio, Belize

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local taxes
    • National park fees
    • Lunch
    • Round-trip transfers between stables and San Ignacio town
    • Entry/Admission - Xunantunich
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • All passenger heights and weights MUST be advised at time of booking
    • Weight limit: 250 lbs (113.4 kg) per person
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    My 5 years old and I had a perfect experience doing this activity. Both our guides were amazing with us, taking time to go with our flow. Xunantunich is a small area. To combine this with horseback ridding made the trip better. I strongly recommend...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Myriam M
    Reviewed July 10, 2019

    I am so glad that we got to see Xanantunich, but getting there was half the fun! We got to ride in on well trained horses, ride a hand cranked ferry across the river and see howler monkeys, toucans and lots of iguanas! Our guide...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank ErinBakal
    Reviewed February 10, 2018

    The horseback riding was fun though leisurely, with plenty of time to enjoy the lovely views surrounding us. The tour of the Mayan site was informative and enjoyable, with a rewarding climb to the top of one of the highest temples to enjoy the views...More

    Date of experience: January 2018
    Thank taffyemmie
    Reviewed December 6, 2017

    I contacted MayaWalk Tours regarding a day trip with a friend who was coming in from the States. We decided on the horseback ride to Xunantunich Maya Ruins. Julia was very helpful and prompt in answering all of our questions and making sure we had...More

    Date of experience: December 2017
    Thank Brenda O
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