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Lamanai: Lamanai, probably first inhabited 3,500 years ago, was one of the largest Mayan cities in Belize. The majority of the ruins at this site are unreconstructed but visitors may climb the stairway of the major temple to a perch above the jungle, swamps, and lagoon. Also at the site are the remaining walls of a sixteenth century mission, one of the few signs of the Spanish presence in Belize. To reach Lamanai, visitors take a leisurely cruise down a jungle river where they can see hundreds of varieties of orchids and bromeliads while listening to the exotic sounds of the forest.

Altun Ha:
Many believe that Altun Ha was used by the Maya as a trading center rather than the more traditional self-contained agricultural community. The palaces and pyramids (excavated and partially restored) of Altun Ha surround two central plazas.

Ek'Tun Nature Ride / Macal River:
Trailer the horses to the village San Antonio to mount up and begin the ride through the forest crossing a limestone ridge to reach the Macal River. A gourmet luncheon is provided at a picturesque cottage on the river. There is time to swim, explore the caves and waterfalls, or relax before continuing by boat down the river to San Ignacio.

This site, currently under excavation by the University of Central Florida, is believed by some to be even larger than the Maya site of Tikal and it was occupied well into the Late Classic period. Glyphs on one of the structures record a war with Tikal, and there is speculation that Caracol may have become the dominant site after the fall of Tikal.

Xunantunich: The site of Xunantunich, "Maiden of the Rock," was occupied during the later Classic period and is believed to have been an ancient ceremonial center. It is the largest archeological site in the Macal River Valley and it offers magnificent views of the area.

Mountain Pine Ridge and Rio Frio Cave: This reserve is set on a spectacular range of pine clad hills, and in addition to being rich in exotic flora, it acts as a refuge for deer. The excursion includes a visit to the massive Rio Frio Cave, the Hidden Valley Falls (1000 ft.), and swimming in the pools and falls of the Rio On.

Full Day Vaca Falls - Chech Chem Ha Cave Excursion - Located upstream on the Macal Plateau the Morales family have made their home many years ago. The small farm is not only the means that small local farmers like the Morales family make a living but it is a also beautiful jungle high on the bluffs overlooking the river. A small stream "Chech Chem Ha" or "Poison Wood Creek" flows through the middle of their farm and then plummets 1000 ft. down only to continue on for a short distance and join the Macal. If the pristine jungle and breathtaking scenery doesn't catch one's eyes then a short guided hike to Chumpiate (corn wine) Cave definite will. The cave was found only 5 years ago and through the auspice of the Department of Archaeology, the Morales family are the caretakers for an abundance of Mayan Artifacts dating back some 2000 years. The cave is shaped like a corridor whereas everyone can stand up and walk around and view the pottery. A few hundred meters in, you find a small round room with signs of ceremonial use.

Panti Trail: The trail is named for the Mayan healer, Eligio Panti, and offers visitors the opportunity to see medicinal tropical plants growing in their natural environment. Many modern medicines are derived from tropical plants and scientists are struggling to discover the secrets of the jungles before they are destroyed by man.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: The Cockscomb Basin is a moist tropical forest bordered on three sides by the Maya Mountains. It is the world's first jaguar preserve but it is also home to margays, ocelots, jaguarundis, and mountain lions.

Ambergris Caye: This tropical paradise is the northernmost island of the world's second longest barrier reef and the geological tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. Here one can sunbathe on the palm-lined beaches, snorkel, dive, fish the incredible coral reef, or simply relax and enjoy the incredible beauty of the area.

Breakfast Ride (Maya Ranch): This horseback riding excursion is a favorite among bird watchers and naturalists and it includes a two hour ride through pastures, jungle and along creekside trails, as well as a delicious breakfast of homemade breads, seasonal fruits, and juices.

Maya Ranch: Join John and Beth Roberson for a stay in the charming and cozy guest quarters of this 4,700 acre working cattle ranch. Enjoy horseback riding, bird watching and great meals in a friendly, homestyle atmosphere.

Maruba Resort: A stay at the Maruba Resort is an experience in and of itself. Located in the heart of the Mayan jungles, it offers modern facilities, exquisite cuisine, and pampering fit for a king.