This is a wonderful excursion, particularly if you have kids. They will love every
minute of it. You can start your trip by flying from San Pedro to the mainland or
you can take a water taxi. At the mainland, an air-conditioned car or van will pick
you up, and together you’ll travel up the Western Highway to the Mopan River. There
you’ll board a small ferry that is hand cranked across the river. Ain’t nothing like
this in New York City. Once across, you’ll drive up a hill and around a curve and
there you will see history unfold before your very eyes, the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.
Savor this experience! Close your eyes and imagine children playing, women roasting
corn and men discussing their next conquest. Listen for the cheers of the crowds
around the ball court when kings battled kings for power. Take plenty of photos to
show your friends back home.
After your tour of Xunantunich is complete, join your driver and get ready for the
zoo of all zoos. You won’t believe it. It’s incredible! There are no bars, no motes
and no barbed wire to keep the animals secure. Simple enclosures that will boggle
your mind maintain your safety, while allowing you to see various animals, birds
and reptiles in their natural habitat. The folks who came up with this concept are
certain to receive great accolades from zoologists in the years to come.
Lunch will be provided at the Five Sisters Falls—an interesting little restaurant
between Xunantunich and the Belize Zoo. You’ll dine on a veranda overlooking the
rumbling falls as water cascades over huge boulders. If you’re brave enough to encounter
the flocks of geese that “protect their river,” then you can take a dip, if time
Your adventure continues as you head for the wildlife habitat known as The Belize
Zoo. The zoo was created as a sanctuary for the country's indigenous species and
is now home for an impressive array of large cats, primates, reptiles and birds.
A visit to the zoo gives you the opportunity to see Belize's amazing wildlife in
The Belize Zoo is a “must see”! You won't believe it until you see how the animals
are presented to you! No steel bars, no iron or concrete cages. Well, heck, I'm not
going to tell you...you need to see it for yourself!
The return ride from the Belize Zoo is about one hour, and like we said earlier,
you can fly or you can take the ferry. Mix it up and fly one way and ferry the other.
It’s up to you.
You’ll be pretty exhausted after this excursion, but you’ll still need something
for supper. We suggest Pineapples on the beach at Ramon’s Village Resort. If you
don’t feel like dining out, we’ll bring your entrée and all the trimmings, including
desert, directly to your room, where you can dine on your front porch or in the air-conditioned
comfort of your cottage at the Belizean Princess.