From historic sites to foot-tapping tunes, this trip gets to grips with authentic Belize. You’ll start with a scenic countryside drive leading to a cranked-ferry ride along the rainforest-shrouded Mopan River, with a shuttle leaving you at the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. They date back as far as 600 AD, but weren’t fully uncovered by modern explorers until the 1890s. The main temple still stands tall today, and has become a popular tourist stop-off. After nearly two hours nosing around, you’ll head to the traditional village of San Ignacio for lunch. Once you’re fed and watered, you’ll get a taste of marimba music in the restaurant. The xylophone-inspired sound has Mayan origins, and the Belizean version throws in a double bass and drums to give it a fresh twist.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.