San Ignacio

Xunantunich and Cave Tubing Combo Tour from San Ignacio

San Ignacio, Belize

From USD 150.00

Price varies by group size

Select Date and Travellers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 9 to 11 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the dominion of the ancient Maya in Belize on a full-day tour from San Ignacio. Climb to the top of sacred pyramids and learn about the once-mighty civilization at the archaeological site of Xunantunich, and enter a portal to the Mayan underworld on a cave tubing adventure that takes you splashing through the crystalline caverns of an underground cave system. Round-trip transport from San Ignacio Town and lunch are included on this tour.
  • Explore natural and cultural highlights of Belize's western Cayo District
  • Learn about ancient Mayan culture and religious practices from a knowledgeable guide
  • Float through an underground cave system in a tube
  • Private guide and transport for a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • all entrance fees, cave tubing equipment, water, light snack, lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (within San Ignacio)
  • small group tours
  • Alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, gratuities
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • pickups & drop offs OUTSIDE of San Ignacio Town (contact us to confirm availability)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:30 am

Pickup details

- pickup time 730am (please give a few minutes) - TOUR NOT AVAILABLE to cruise ship passengers due to time limitations - a small additional (EXTRA FEE) is charged for pickups & drop offs to: Sweet Songs, Chaa Creek resort/cottages, Table Rock, Mariposa lodge, Mystic River, Mahogany Hall, Blancaneaux, GAIA, and a FEW others. Fee varies as per location and can be partially exempted for groups of 3+ NB: Pickups & drop offs NOT AVAILABLE for Belize City, Ambergris Caye, Hopkins, Placencia

What To Expect


6 hours Admission Ticket Included

Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Level of fitness required: moderate
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Adults with infants need to pay for any entrance fees, lunch and expenses incurred by infant and wherever applicable
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please inform us if you or any guests are non-swimmers, using the Special Requirements field
  • Things to bring: sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Gives you the chance to see Mayan Ruins and explore caves.


161 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Perfect combo
Blaine_B, May 2023
This was a great tour with Elio. Xunantunich was a very interesting Mayan site, different than Tikal. Then the cave tubing was a great way to end the day. Highly recommended! We even got to explore the cenote.
My favorite tour of our trip!
Courtney_R, Apr 2023
This was such a fun day. My mom (65), sister (40), and I (42), had an amazing day with Elio. He was a great guide full of knowledge and stories. He really brought the ruins and the cave to life for us. Getting off our tubes to go through the crystal caves was absolutely incredible. Pictures can't do it justice, you'll need to see it for yourself!
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience with us and others. We are so happy to hear all of you had a fun day. Elio is an amazing guide and loves sharing his love of the outdoors with everyone. Enjoying the crystal caves is a key part of our tour and we are so happy you got to enjoy it.
Edgar was a fantastic guide!
Manisha_M, Apr 2023
Edgar was a fantastic guide! He went above and beyond to ensure we had a good time. He was very knowledgeable and amicable
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you for writing a review!! We really appreciate hearing from everyone and we are so happy you had a fantastic guide in Edgar. He is a very experienced guide who works hard to make sure everyone has a great day.
Great tour, highly recommend!
Kaity_U, Apr 2023
This tour was great and we would highly recommend it. Our guide was fun and very knowledgeable about the Mayan history. He also found different bits of flora around the area throughout the day and showed them to us to smell/taste/feel and taught us about their different uses for cooking or medicines. The ruins were beautiful and the cave experience in Chrystal Cave was a great mix of relaxing and adventuring, ending with a beautiful float through the jungle.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you for writing a review. We are very grateful and fortunate to have you join us on our signature tour. We are so happy you had a great tour and enjoyed the interactive and engaging way we conduct our tours.
Must see
Manon_B, Apr 2023
Tour guides were amazing. Caves branch tubing is a must and Xunantunich was so trilling. Really enjoyed swimming in the river.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We love getting feedback as its a great way to see how we are doing.
St Leonard’s Tours are five stars!
Diane_R, Mar 2023
Carla at St Leonard’s tours was absolutely incredible. She is so knowledgeable and so funny too! A great personality and native from the area. I highly recommend this company.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for your kind words, we really appreciate hearing from you. Carla is an incredible guide and an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for choosing St Leonard's and we look forward to seeing you again some day.
What a day! The most memorable experience ever.
Christine_K, Feb 2023
One of the most memorable experience ever. Elio was the best tour guide. Funny, informative, and incredibly considerate. We loved the day through and through.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Great to hear you had a memorable day. We are always thrilled to hear from guests about how they had a great day. It helps us to see how we can improve and be reminded about what we do well. Thank you once again.
Jason_T, Jan 2023
Really great experience! Our guide was absolutely phenomenal! Highly recommend. The only negative thing I have to say, and it has nothing to do with the tour or the guide was how pushy the vendors were where the parking lot was for the cave tubing….made us a little uncomfortable.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for your review Jason. We are glad you had a fantastic experience. We are sorry to hear about the vendors being pushy. Thank you once again and we look forward to having you join us again some day.
Incredible tour experience
Casey_M, Jan 2023
Truly exceptional tour experience! Elio was incredibly knowledgeable and interesting. He made sure we were comfortable and taken care of. We learned so much during the Xunantunich Mayan ruins tour and had a blast at the cave tubing. This tour was the highlight of our stay in San Ignacio. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for writing a review. Its great to hear you had an exceptional day with St Leonard's signature combo tour and Elio. We are very happy you had a blast in the caves and look forward to having you join us again some day.
Amazing Tour
Lucy_C, Nov 2022
We had an amazing time on this tour. Our guide Elio really made the trip for us. He is so knowledgeable, friendly, funny, lovely and genuine.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your great review, We are very happy you enjoyed our tour with Elio. St Leonard's guides and support staff are very happy to know you all enjoy your tour with us and hope you had a memorable experience of our beautiful Belize. Thank you
Don’t miss this tour
Ed_R, Oct 2022
Elio was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable in Mayan and Belize’s history, local wildlife, and nature in general and shared this information with interesting (and sometimes humorous) stories. We spent exactly the right amount of time at the ruins and the cave experience was a highlight of our trip. Elio remembered everyone’s name made everyone feel comfortable throughout the day.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Great to hear you all enjoyed your tour with us and that our guide - Elio,did a fantastic job at the caves. Thank you for making us part of your memorable experience of Belize. All the best
A MUST when in Belize
JAMES_S, Sept 2022
Our fabulous tour guide, Elio, was hands down the best tour guide we have ever had. He took the time to identify native critters/animals/plants, had a great sense of humor, and was really passionate about his native land. We learned so much from him. He even got us a yummy snack for the drive to the cave. The entire cave / jungle tubing experience was outstanding and so beautiful! We loved every second of it! We highly recommend it!
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Great to hear of your fabulous time with our guide Elio. We are happy you enjoyed every minute of your tour. Thank you! We love getting your feedback.
Amazing experience with an incredible tour guide!
Christina_W, Aug 2022
Our guide Elio was amazing! He was extremely knowledgable, funny, kind, and inviting, and a great conversationalist. Even though the caves were closed for tubing due to high water levels, he found us another opportunity to see some other caves on canoe, and it was a great experience. Overall, would highly highly recommend this tour and Elio!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thankyou for writing such a nice review. We are so glad you had a great experience, despite the original cave being closed due to flooding. Thankfully, another cave was open and we were able to go there instead. Elio is an amazing guide and fully aware you and your family has driven quiet far to join this tour and so we had to make it happen as best we could. Thank you once again and we look forward to having you join us again some time.
The highlight of our Belize trip!
Zach_H, Aug 2022
I have to say, the tour that Elio gave us went WAY beyond our expectations! He was so knowledgeable about Mayan history, local animals and plants, and led us through an incredible cave tubing (and swimming) adventure. My wife and I agree that the cave tubing was the highlight of our entire Belize trip! Would absolutely recommend this experience to a friend.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you for taking time to write a review. Elio is an incredible guide who is an invaluable member of the team. Everyone at St Leonard's works hard to give every one a wonderful day and we are just so glad you had a great day with us.
If you can only do one tour this is the one!!
Emilie_Z, July 2022
We went as a group of 7 and were treated as a private tour group with pickup right at our Airbnb. Elio was an amazing guide. His tour of the ruins added a lot of very interesting information that helped bring them to life in a way we never could have going on our own. He was always picking leaves, berries and nuts off of trees as we were passing and having us smell, feel and eat them while telling us about each’s medicinal properties. We had a lovely home made lunch with special accommodations made for a vegetarian in our group! The cave tubing was initially not the part of the tour we were most excited about but it ended up being our favorite part. The caves are beautiful (rivaling Carlsbad caverns in my opinion) and seeing them while tubing down a lazy river was an amazing experience. If you are adventurous take the tire tubes!! We also got out of the river several times to explore the caves more than any other tour group we encountered. Then Elio gave us some local restaurant recommendations and stopped to get the number of a local cab. Elio really went the extra mile to make sure we had an amazing time and catered the experience to our group. I would recommend this tour company and tour to anyone and everyone! If we had more time we would have done one of their other tours as well!
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you for taking time and writing such a detailed Review Emilie. St Leonard's is very grateful for the opportunity to take you and your friends on one of our signature tours. We are so happy you had a blast and enjoyed every aspect of your day. Elio is an amazing guide and who along with everyone at St Leonard's works very hard every day to make sure everyone has a great day. After a sunny morning exploring the Mayan site of Xunantunich, its also a blessing to enjoy the cool cave and refreshing river. We will sure to mention your appreciation for the home cooked meal to the hands that cooked the meal. Thank you once again for your kind words and for being such a wonderful group. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Belize and we look forward to having you join us again some time in the future.
Our favorite day on our trip to Belize!
Megan_T, June 2022
Two friends and I had the best day with Elio on this tour! Xunantunich was so amazing to see and learn more about, the lunch that was included was delicious, and the cave tour was so interesting and cool. Elio made the whole day for us. He is truly one of the most intelligent people we have ever met! The amount of knowledge and facts he knew about a wide variety of information was so impressive. He taught us so much about Mayan history and culture, the caves and rock formations, plants and wildlife, and all about Belize itself. There wasn't one question we asked him that he didn't know the answer to. And he is so funny and kind! At the end of our trip to Belize, the three of us agreed that our favorite day was definitely this day of adventure and a large part of that was how fun and memorable Elio made the day! So thank you, thank you, Elio! :)
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you for writing a review. We really appreciate your kind words and honest feedback. Elio is indeed an amazing guide and an invaluable member of the St Leonard's team who work hard every day to give everyone a memorable day. We are so happy you also enjoyed your lunch. We indeed feel privileged that your favourite day in Belize was spent with St Leonard's. It is something we really appreciate and touches us more than you realise.
Great tour
Michelle_B, June 2022
We had a really good time on this tour. Our tour guide Edgar was informative and very conversational. We went as fast or slow as we wanted to go. The tour of Xanantunich was early in the morning, before everyone else got there. We had the whole place to ourselves. We had lunch at a place on our way to the cave. It was good food. The cave tubing adventure was calm and relaxing, just what we needed.
Response from Host, June 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are grateful you had a memorable day with St Leonard's and enjoyed all your activities. Edgar is an amazing guide who works hard to make sure everyone has a great day.
Book with Elio the tour guide!!!!
Wilson_C, May 2022
BEST TOUR EVER!! Our guide, Elio, was incredibly knowledgeable about the rich history of the caves, jungles, and ruins. It was like an all day immersive history lesson mixed with humor and a delicious lunch. Couldn't have asked for more! 1,000/10 stars Thank you Elio!
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for taking time to write a review. Elio is an amazing guide who works hard to give everyone a memorable day. We are so glad you had wonderful day wit St Leonard's and we look forward to having you again some day.
Must do!
AMANDA_M, Apr 2022
We had a group of 6 and the tour/ communication with the company was amazing before During and after! We were picked up from our hotel, they managed to fit ALL of our luggage in, gave us a fun tour and cave tubing experience where we all felt safe! The lunch was amazing and had plenty to drink and eat! After our tour guide even rushed us to the water taxi so we could make it in time!!! Would recommend to everyone !
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you for taking time to write a review. We are so happy you had a wonderful tour with St Leonard's. Its wonderful to hear you had an amazing lunch and arrived to your water taxi in good time. Thank you for choosing us and we look forward to having you join us again in the future.
Wonderful tour!
ginger_j, Mar 2022
This was a wonderful trip. Our guide was wonderful. It was a small group and we felt like vip's thank you
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience. We are so happy you had a wonderful day with St Leonard's tours. Our guides and all staff work hard to give you a memorable day. Thank you once again.

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