Meet your guide bright and early at your hotel or port in Belize City, and learn the basics of Mayan history as you make the drive to Altun Ha. Find out why the ancient Maya chose this site to found a city, part of a powerful network of trading and military partners that spread across the region long before the arrival of Europeans. Climb to the top of Altun Ha’s highest pyramid for stunning views of the jungle surrounding the archeological site. Hear about the modern-day Maya and how the ancient cities were lost — then found — in the jungle.
Continue to Nohoch Che'en Archaeological Park to discover a limestone landscape of turquoise rivers and cool, shaded caves. The hike to the cave entry is the perfect time to learn about local plants and animals, and why the ancient Maya believed that caves were the entrance to the watery underworld, Xibalba. Launch your inner tube into the river, and enjoy the serenity of the slow moving water—you'll visit two caves within the archeological park before returning to your Belize City accommodations.