Black Orchid Resort

Belize Mayan Ruins Tours and Belize Maya Shore Excursions


Lamanai Tour

These tours will reveal to you all the majesty of ancient Mayan culture. Belize has around 800 Mayan sites that consist of impressive temples, plazas, ball courts, residences and other ancient buildings. We offer half-day and full-day tours that visit the most notable of Belize Maya Temple Ruins: Altun Ha, Lamanai, Xunantunich, Caracol, and one site located in Guatemala, not far from the Belize border – Tikal.

All transportation, including pick up and return to your pick up location, entrance fees, taxes and fuel are all included. We can pick you up at the Belize Tourism Village at the Belize Cruise Ship Terminal, at the Municipal or International Airport, or at your resort or hotel. Tour Departure Time are organized to depart according to each individual Cruise Ship Arrival and Departure Time, so don’t worry about missing your plane or ship.

Visiting Belize Mayan Ruins Made Easy

The tourism experts at Belize R Us have been delivering amazing experiences for our guests for many years and we have learned the best ways to delight our customers. The fascinating world of the Maya who lived in Belize for thousands of years can be seen in buildings, temples, plazas, ball courts and artifacts. There are many amazing sites in Belize, so select the ones most interesting to you and go with Belize R Us for an unforgettable experience.

 

We provide comfortable, air-conditioned transportation with a qualified driver and knowledgeable guide in small groups so everyone can fully enjoy the experience. All tours include bottled water and entrance fees while full day tours provide a delicious lunch and beverages at no added charge. You may be travelling with a few other guests, but you can stay with your group throughout the tour. Our guides are experienced local Belizean guides who are professionals licensed by the Belize Tourism Board.

All Maya sites in Belize offer amazing photo opportunities to capture your experience in pictures. You will likely see many varieties of birds and perhaps small mammals that live around the Mayan Ruins. The architecture of temples and various buildings also offer lots of great shots. For the serious photographer, you will find an abundance of worthy subjects, both living and inanimate.

The safety and security of our guests is always top of mind at Belize R Us. While none of our tours go to any dangerous places, your guide and driver are trained to protect your safety at all times. All of our transportation vehicles are well maintained and offer seat belts for your safety.

Lamanai Tour

Lamanai Maya Site and River Tour

Travel by boat to the 950 acre Lamanai Maya Site

Prices per person USD from:

$90

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Lamanai Maya Site is located in Orange Walk district, northwest of Belize City, on the banks of the New River Lagoon and the most spectacular way to travel to the site is by means of river boat up the river. This boat ride is perfect for nature-lover's seeking to see wildlife along the way. It’s heaven for numerous species of water birds that live along this rich and diverse waterway. You may even be lucky enough to view iguanas, bats and crocodiles. There are also interesting flora and fauna to be seen at the Lamanai reserve.

Lamanai is the Maya word for "submerged crocodile." The site's name - "Lamanay" or "Lamayna" was recorded by Franciscan missionaries in the 17th century. It is one of the only sites retaining its original name and is among one of Belize's largest ceremonial centers. The name Lamanai helps to explain the numerous crocodile motifs at the site. Crocodile effigies appear on figurines, vessel decorations, and on the large headdress on a limestone mask at one of the principal structures at the site. It was inhabited until well after 1492, making it the longest-occupied Maya site in Belize.

 

Lamanai Maya Ruins and River Tour

Details:
  • Meet and Greet at Cruise Terminal in Belize and transfer to Ayinha.
  • Boat transfers from Ayinha trough Harry Jones Creek and onto the New River Lagoon. This is a magnificent view so make sure you take a photo of your surroundings (approximate 20 minutes).
  • Once at Lamanai, you will enjoy a full guided tour of the site, museum and sugar mill.
  • Belizean Lunch Buffett will be provided at AyinHa after the tour.

 

Rates

1+ Pax

$90

All prices are in US Dollars and per person.

 

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Altun Ha Tour

Altun Ha Maya Site

Ancient Maya City tour; home of the Jade Head

Prices per person USD from:

$60

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Altun Ha, one of Belize’s most excavated and restored locations making it a favorite for visitors wanting to experience a true sense of ancient Maya Civilization from centuries past. Its largest temple has made its way onto the face of the national currency, and on to the bottles of the country’s leading beer, Belikin.

Altun Ha was a very significant Mayan city in the Classic Period. Once home to as many as 10,000 inhabitants over a 1,000 year-long period of occupation dating back as early as 200 BC, it was occupied as recently as the 10th century. Altun Ha was a significant trading center as evidenced by the large amounts of jade and obsidian excavated here. Jewelry, flints and skins have been found here too so it seems the site was the perfect location for trading between the water of the Caribbean and the deep interior Mayan lands.

 

Altun Ha Maya Ruins Tour

Details:
  • Departs Belize City or Black Orchid
    Resort
  • Depart: TBD Return: TBD
  • Length: 5 hours
  • Includes: Van transportation to and from
    Altun Ha, entrance fees, water
  • Morning Tour: Depart: 8:00 am
    Returns: 12:00 pm
  • Afternoon Tour: Depart: 1:00 pm
    Returns: 5:00 pm

 

Rates

1-3 Pax 4-6 Pax

$60

$55

All prices are in US Dollars and per person.

 

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Cahal Pech Ruins and San Ignacio Town Tour

Full day exploring Maya site and large town in Cayo District

Prices per person USD from:

$100

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Cahal Pech is a Maya site located near the Town of San Ignacio in the Cayo District of Belize. The site was a hilltop palacio home for an elite Maya family, and though most major construction dates to the Classic period, evidence of continuous habitation has been dated to as far back as far as 1200 BCE during the Early Middle Formative period (Early Middle Preclassic), making Cahal Pech one of the oldest recognizably Maya sites in Western Belize. The site rests high near the banks of the Macal River and is strategically located to overlook the confluence of the Macal River and the Mopan River. The site is a collection of 34 structures, with the tallest temple being about 25 meters in height, situated around a central acropolis. The site was abandoned in the 9th century CE for unknown reasons.

The name Cahal Pech, meaning "Place of the Ticks", was given when this site was fallow during the first archaeological studies in the 1950s, led by Linton Satterthwaite from the University of Pennsylvania Museum. It is now an archaeological reserve, and houses a small museum with artifacts from various ongoing excavations.

 

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Cahal Pech and San Ignacio City Tour

Details:
  • Includes: Transportation to and from
    Cahal Pech, San Ignacio, all entrance
    fees,water, and lunch.
  • Departs: Belize City or Black Orchid
    Resort
  • Depart Time: TBD
  • Length: 6 Hours

 

Rates

1-3 Pax 4-6 Pax 7+ Pax

$100

$90

$80

All prices are in US Dollars and per person.

 

Cahal Pech and Xunantunich Maya Site Combo Tour

Details:
  • Optional tour visiting Xunantunich
    instead of San Ignacio Town
  • Includes: Transportation to and from
    Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, all entrance
    fees,water, and lunch.
  • Departs: Belize City or Black Orchid
    Resort
  • Depart Time: TBD
  • Length: 8 Hours

 

Rates

1-3 Pax 4-6 Pax 7+ Pax

$125

$100

$85

All prices are in US Dollars and per person.

 

Xunantunich Tour

Xunantunich Mayan Site Full Day Tour

One of the most impressive Mayan Ceremonial Centers.

Prices per person USD from:

$110

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This Mayan site is situated on the Western Highway across the river from the village of San Jose Succotz (8 mi from San-Igancio). A small, hand-cranked cable ferry will take you and your car across the Mopan River and, from there it's less than a mile farther (up a steep road) to the site.

The name, according to one interpretation, means "Maiden of the Rock" in the Yucatec dialect. It is pronounced "zshoo-NAN-too-NEECH." It was the first site in Belize to be opened to the public, when the road and a ferry were built in 1954.

What you will see today is a Classic period (300-900 AD) ceremonial center, with large plazas ringed with pyramids. The tallest is the 130 foot "El Castillo," which is large by Mayan standards and is only exceeded by the Caana pyramid at Caracol. The site was occupied until around 900 A.D. and was likely abandoned after an earthquake, the evidence of which was discovered by archaeologists in the mid-1900's.

 

Xunantunich Maya Site and San Ignacio City Tour

Details:
  • Includes: Air-conditioned transportation to
    and from Xunantunich, San Ignacio,
    entrance fees, water and lunch
  • Departs Belize City or Black Orchid
    Resort
  • Length: 7 hours

 

Rates

1-3 Pax 4-6 Pax 7+ Pax

$110

$100

$90

All prices are in US Dollars and per person.

 

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El Pilar Full-Day Tour

Huge Maya settlement in early excavation phase

Prices per person USD from:

$95

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El Pilar is a 100 acre Middle Pre-Classic and Late Classic Mayan site which is currently being excavated by the University of California. Continuing work at the site occurs between February and June. The site is situated 12 miles northwest of San Ignacio in the Cayo District. The rare abundance of natural water sources in this vicinity is possibly the origin of the name El Pilar ("pila" being Spanish for watering basin).

A particularly intriguing feature is a causeway that extends from the eastern part of the ruins across the country border into Guatemala. Thus far, 12 pyramids and 25 plazas have been found at El Pilar. This is triple the number found in nearby sites such as Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. The site was occupied between (500 BC) and (1000 AD) periods. A variety of residential structures were discovered during excavations, in addition to elite household compounds and ceremonial structures.

 

El Pilar Maya Site Tour

Details:
  • Departs Belize City or Black Orchid
    Resort
  • Includes: Air-conditioned transportation to
    and from Xunantunich, San Ignacio,
    entrance fees, water and lunch
  • Length: 7 hours

 

Rates

1-3 Pax 4-6 Pax 7+ Pax

$95

$85

$75

All prices are in US Dollars and per person.

 

El Pilar and Xunantunich Maya Site Combo Tour

Details:
  • Departs Belize City or Black Orchid
    Resort
  • Includes: Air-conditioned transportation to
    and from Xunantunich, El Pilar,
    entrance fees, water and lunch
  • Length: 9 hours

 

Rates

1-3 Pax 4-6 Pax 7+ Pax

$135

$125

$110

All prices are in US Dollars and per person.

 

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Caracol Tour

Caracol Full-Day Tour

Largest known Mayan center in Belize, 35,000 buildings

Prices per person USD from:

$175

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Caracol is Belize’s largest man made structure to date. It is situated in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Cayo district, on a high Vaca Plateau of 1650 feet (500 m) above sea level (one of the highest located sites of the southern uplands region) with no natural water body close by. It remains a mystery why such a huge population center evolved where it is. However, the close proximity to both extremely hard stone and copal, two commodities highly prized by the Mayas may help explain this enigma.

The site was discovered in 1938 by a logger looking for mahogany. That same year Archaeological Commissioner A.H. Anderson visited the site and named it ‘Caracol’ (Spanish for ‘shell’ of ‘snail’). The original Mayan name is unknown.

NOTE: Be prepared for a 2:30 hour ride to Caracol, about half of which is on bumpy dirt roads. The ride is worth it when you arrive at Caracol, but be advised the site is not located off of a major highway road.

 

Caracol Maya Site Tour

Details:
  • Departs Belize City or Black Orchid
    Resort
  • Includes: Air-conditioned transportation to
    and from Caracol, entrance fees,
    water and lunch.
  • Length: 8 hours
  • Depart: 7 am Return: 3:00 pm

 

Rates

1-3 Pax 4-6 Pax 7+ Pax

$175

$150

$125

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Tikal Tour

Tikal, Guatemala Mayan Temple Tour

Impressive Mayan kingdom center over border in Guatemala

Prices per person USD from:

$220

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The ancient city of Tikal is a UNESCO World heritage site and an awesome combination of nature and archaeology.

Tikal was the capital of one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya – and it shows in the magnificent architecture, broad causeways, proliferation of stelae (carved historical monuments). In its peak during the Classic Period Tikal was home to as many as 90,000 people and had developed an intricate water catchment and agricultural system. If I could visit only one ancient Maya city this would be it; the setting is beautiful, the architecture and scale amazing and the ambience just wonderful. Sitting atop one of the main temples surrounded by the immensity of the Peten’s rainforest and lake system, the tops of huge distant pyramids poking out of the dense misty forest, the birds, curious jungle animals and jungle sounds help you imagine what life must have been like in this rich, enigmatic civilization.

This adventure starts early from Black Orchid Resort where our driver / guide will escort you across the border and into Guatemala where our Guatemalan Tour Operator leads the way to Tikal National Park . On your tour you will learn about Maya civilization and history, the rulers of Tikal and the construction of the city, the mysterious downfall of the city, and information on the flora and fauna of the region. You will visit the Temple of the Jaguar, Great Plaza, Lost World and then scale Temple IV to look out over the jungle and the rest of the site. The tour will take most of the day and will include a break for lunch in the park.

 

Tikal Mayan Temple & Site Tour

Details:
  • Departs Belize City or Black Orchid
    Resort
  • Includes: Air-conditioned transportation
    to and from Tikal, border crossing
    assistance, entrance fees, water
    and lunch.
  • Length: 12 hours
  • Depart: 7 am Return: 7 pm
  • NOTE: There is a small border crossing
    fee that is not included. You must
    bring your passport to cross border.

 

Rates

1-3 Pax 4-6 Pax 7+ Pax

$220

$175

$160

All prices are in US Dollars and per person.

 

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