Full day mainland tours include transportation to and from The Placencia Resort packed picnic lunch, tour permit fees and services of a tour guide. Mainland tours require a minimum of 4 people.
ZIP LINE & RIVER TUBING
Experience the thrill of zipping high above the South Stann Creek River and rain forest canopy. Get an eagle’s perspective of the river canyon and surrounding mountains! Panoramic vistas from 11 decks and 7 lines with views that were previously available only to birds in flight. “Simply Spectacular!” Enjoy a snack and then hit the river in expedition style tubes as you float below lush vegetation through jungle rapids. Here you could catch a glimpse of exotic tropical birds, including endangered scarlet macaws, iguana, and other jungle wildlife that call the riverbanks home. Difficulty: Moderate
COCKSCOMB BASIN & JUNGLE RIVER TUBING
Cockscomb Basin is renowned for being the world’s first jaguar reserve with over 128,000 acres of lush tropical rain forest. Explore the jungle trails of this flora & fauna sanctuary with a naturalist tour guide, home to all five of Belize’s cats: jaguar, puma, margay, jaguarundi, and ocelot. After your hike, tube-float down South Stann Creek for a unique close-up look at the jungle and then take a short hike to the waterfall for a cool dip to conclude your visit. Afterward, enjoy a short picnic lunch before heading back to the resort.
CHOCOLATE FACTORY TOUR
Visit a traditional Mayan family operation led by Julio Sacqui, a master chocolate maker who offers two-hour bean-to-bar tours including a trip to the cacao plantation. The full process is explained right through to the finished bar of dark chocolate.
ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL “ATM CAVES”
Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave) is most famous as an ancient archaeological site, containing the skeletal remains of Maya human sacrifices, pottery, and other ancient artifacts. Visitors go bananas over the fully intact skeleton from around 700-900 AD that literally sparkles, thanks to time and science. You’ll hike to the location, wade across rushing rivers in waist-deep water, climb wet ladders inside a cave in just your socks, then enter a deep, dark hole in the side of a mountain because a tour guide told you to (and maybe pee yourself a little – but that’s okay!). This is one of the more difficult tours offered in Belize, but the effort is well-worth the experience. Includes lunch and beverages.
Ancient Maya Sites
XUNANTUNICH (STONE MAIDEN) & BLUE HOLE NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy the orange groves, banana farms, and a good view of the Maya Mountains, during the three-hour drive down the Hummingbird Highway. Then cross the Mopan River on a ferry to reach the ruins. The reward for climbing to the top of El Castillo is a spectacular view of the Cayo District and Petén Guatemala. The tour guide will take you for lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back, enjoy a refreshing dip at the inland Blue Hole.
NIM LI PUNIT & LUBAANTUN
The Nim Li Punit Maya Site is named for a carving found on the longest of the site’s twenty-six stone monuments, or stelae. Lubaantun is the largest Maya site in Southern Belize. It is well known for the unusual style of construction and is a ceremonial center dating back to 700-900 AD.