We took this tour as a day excursion that we booked through our cruise line. When we got off our tender, we were quickly shown to our bus where we then made the trip out to the ruins. The bus was comfortable, not overcrowded and the AC worked well! As soon as we pulled away, one of our guides for the day began to speak about the country of Belize and as we made our way through the city and into the less populated areas she continued to give us great info. While the drive may seem like quite a distance the time goes by quickly as you are constantly learning about the country. The route to the ruins even took us by the childhood home of one of our guides so we really got a sense of how people in the country truly live. Once we made our way to the site of the ruins, we were transported across the river and shuttled via small van to the visitors center and entrance to the Park. The nice thing about Xunantunich is that because it is not directly accessible via car, and not a quick drive from the cruise port, it is not overrun by crowds of people. As we made our way up the hill to the area of the actual ruins nothing could have prepared me for the actual scale of the main structure. It is so incredibly imposing on the landscape it is impossible to not be impressed. What's more is they actually let you climb to the top. While we were there, we saw cool insects, a few birds and some howler monkeys in a tree nearby. There was also an iguana or two as well. After our tour we made our way back to the bus area where we were given a few minutes ( literally) to poke through the roadside stands by the river and we were headed back to Belize City. On the way back we did stop for a lunch at a local restaurant. The guides seemed to be in contact with the restaurant because as soon as we were seated we were served. Lunch consisted of traditional foods including chicken, rice/beans and a potato salad, all were very good. After lunch we headed back to the Port where we were able to grab a tender back to the ship and we were off. All in all it was a great experience and something that I would highly recommend!
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