Mopan River Kayaking and Xunantunich Tour

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Experience the ancient history and wild landscapes of Belize’s Cayo District on this small-group kayaking and temple combo tour from San Ignacio. Walk among the ruins of a once-mighty Mayan civilization at the archaeological site of Xunantunich, and then test your paddling skills as you kayak down the rapids of the Mopan River. It’s a great way to get your fill of culture and adventure in a single day.
What to Expect

Meet your guide and small group of no more than 15 at a central location in San Ignacio Town, and begin with an expedition to Xunantunich, one of Belize’s largest and most impressive archaeological sites. Learn about the history of the ancient Mayan city that was once home to up to 10,000 people and formed an important Mesoamerican trading hub. Explore the ruins of palaces, plazas, and ball courts, and climb to the top of the main stone temple for views across the border into Guatemala and above the rainforest canopy. Keep an eye out for wild black howler monkeys swinging through the trees. 

Midday, recharge with a picnic lunch, and walk to the nearby launch point on the Mopan River. Gear up with a provided helmet, paddles, and life vest, and set off down the river in a kayak, at first enjoying the scenery of passing Belizean villages on a relatively calm stretch. Then, get your adrenaline pumping as you navigate class I river rapids with the help of your guide. The river also winds through the surrounding jungle, providing a scenic perspective on the native landscape. 

After reaching the end of your Mopan River journey, relax on the ride back to the original departure point in San Ignacio.

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