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Go Maya Belize Adventures

Go Maya Belize Adventures

Go Beyond Mankind – Go Mystic – Go Maya!

Iguana Hatchery W/ Chocolate-Making & Xunantunich

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*Minimum 2 Adults required to book any tour. 

  • Get up-close with nature at the Green Iguana Conservation Project at the San Ignacio Resort. Bring your camera for some amazing shots with the little critters!

    The Green Iguana Conservation Project is located at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. This effort aims to conserve and care for the endangered Green Iguana species in Belize. International and local visitors are educated via interactive exhibits and programs at the hatchery. Here, you are given the opportunity mingle with these wonderful reptiles and also, learn about the incubation, hatching, rearing, and releasing process

    Starts: 8:00 – 8:30AM   (depends on your hotel location)

    Ends: 10:00AM (duration depends on your own pace)

    ITINERARY:

    Getting There: The adventure begins with a pick up at your hotel at 8:00 or 8:30AM. You’ll drive up to the San Ignacio Resort where the Green Iguana Conservation Project is situated, just up-hill in San Ignacio Town.

    At the site:  Once there, you’ll check in at the hotel’s concierge desk. Their guide will then escort you along a lush jungle trail to the hatchery along with any other visitors that may have been awaiting the next tourThe guide will brief you on the do’s and don’ts then proceed to elaborate on the hatchery’s history, purpose, and efforts. After listening attentively, you will be given the opportunity to get up-close with the Iguanas. The little juvenile ones are extra friendly. The guide will place them over you if you wish to get creative and take some fun pictures. No need to be scared, they’re pretty tame and harmless. You will be given some leaves to feed them, these are native to the jungle where the Iguanas are released once they’re fully mature. Enjoy this amazing and memorable experience!

    Departing: The tour lasts about an hour or so. Once you’ve had your fill with these amazing little creatures, you’ll head back up to the resort and make your way out to the parking lot where your driver/ guide will be awaiting to take you on your next adventure.

    Duration: Approx. 1 hour (at the hatchery)
    Difficulty level: Easy
    What to Bring: Lightweight/ fresh clothes, Hiking shoes, Water, Camera with lots of memory and battery.
    Provided: Waters, snacks, lunches.

  • Get hands-on with this fun and delicious organic chocolate-making experience. You’ll get to grind your own cacao seeds from scratch, you’ll be taught how to make chocolate drink and take home your hand-made chocolate bar!

     

    Starts: 10:30AM           Ends: 11:30AM (duration depends on your own pace)

    ITINERARY:

    Getting There: The adventure begins shortly after your previous Iguana Tour. This tour is also situated within San Ignacio town, just down-hill from your previous tour. Getting there takes less than 10 minutes.

    At the site:  Once there, the friendly and expert AJAW Chocolate team welcomes you and gives you a run-down of what you’ll be experiencing and accomplishing on this tour. You will be given a thorough historical and cultural insight on cacao and its significance in the Mayan world including how the cacao seeds are grown, harvested, and made into organic chocolate. After a short briefing, the fun part begins. You’ll get to take part in the process of breaking down the cacao beans into pure chocolate with the use of the “metate” granite grinding stone.

    You’ll proceed onto making your own organic chocolate paste which you can sample and take with you, this is followed by a variety of chocolate tasting drinks using the product made in front of you. There is also a variety of finished organic chocolate products which you may purchase as souvenirs to take back to your loved ones. This tour is a MUST if you love dark chocolate!

    Departing: This tour lasts about an hour or so. After you’ve had your chocolate fix, you’ll head over to the vehicle where your driver/ guide will be awaiting you to embark on your next adventure.

    Duration: Approx. 1 hour (at chocolate museum)
    Difficulty level: Easy
    What to Bring: Lightweight/ fresh clothes, Hiking shoes, Water, Camera with lots of memory and battery.
    Provided: Waters, snacks, lunches.

  • Mayan for “Maiden of the Rock”. Xunantunich flourished during the Classic Period which managed to survive the Maya “Collapse” and retained prominence until around 1000 A.D.

    Xunantunich was the first excavated Mayan site in Belize that was opened for the public. Though it is smaller compared to the other Mayan sites, it consists of one of the tallest structures. The huge statue of the Sun God, El Castillo, and the 130-foot tall pyramid are a couple of structures that attract visitors. Xunantunich means “stone Woman” or “Maiden of the rock” in the Yucatec dialect. These names are derived from the image of a woman depicted in one of the paintings.

    These ruins represent the period of AD 650- 1000 of Mayan civilization when the people had mastered the art of construction. Residential structures spread over 22 acres were found in this site. It seems Xunantunich was abandoned in AD 900 and was again occupied in post classic period. Castillo, a 40m tall building, is one of the tallest Mayan buildings in Belize. The causeways, ball courts and platform mounds excavated here prove that they were far ahead of their generation.

    The three most remarkable segments of Xunantunich are the elite residential structures, the middle class residential structures and the ceremonial center. The six plazas of the city were surrounded by 25 palaces and several temples. Very brutal games were played in the ball court complex where the losers and winners were awarded in a most awkward manner.

    Starts: 1:00PM         Ends: 4:00PM

    ITINERARY:

    Getting There: The adventure begins at 1:00PM  just after having lunch. The site is a mere 10 – 15 minutes’ drive from San Ignacio Town onto the village of San Jose Succotz. Here we will cross the Mopan River via an old-fashioned hand-cranked ferry. All passengers must alight the vehicle while crossing. Having crossed the river, we have a 3 minutes’ drive up to the park’s parking lot where we unboard the vehicle, register at the park’s office, then begin our exploration. A short walk up to the site will cover your guide’s briefing on safety procedures and what to expect.

    At Xunantunich: Upon arrival at the site, you’ll be amazed at how impressive the Temple of El Castillo (the main temple) actually is at a remarkable 120 feet in height. Pay close attention to the history of this once royal center of ancient civilization as your guide walks you through the site. Feel free to climb to the top of El Castillo if you’re not afraid of heights. There you’ll have a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the surroundings which encompasses part of Guatemala, Benque Viejo Town, and San Jose Succotz among other areas.

    Be careful coming down from the pyramid as you make your way over to the ancient ball court. Imagine the excitement happening in real time as your guide paints a vivid picture of how the popular Mayan game of Pokatok was played. On site you may get to see spider monkeys and, depending on the time of the year, even howler monkeys. An on-site museum will give you an overall idea of this ancient city’s actual size.

    Departing the site: After your tour at Xunantunch, we make back down to the river crossing, once again exiting the vehicle and boarding the hand cranked ferry. Your driver will then drive you onto San Ignacio town and drop you off at your hotel.

    Duration: Approx. 3 to 4 hours (at Xunantunich)
    Difficulty level: Moderate
    What to Bring: Sunscreen, bug repellent, sun glasses, hat, solid hiking shoes, camera, water an adventurous attitude.
    Provided: Bottled Water, snacks & lunches.
    Note: Light physical activity will be required for those who wish to explore the Mayan ruins on foot. Please wear appropriate walking & climbing shoes. This tour is suitable for all ages.

NOTE:

  • Minimum 2 Adults required to book any tour. Booking for 1 Adult + 1 Child not valid.
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