View to Guatemala @ Xunantunich

With a 3-hour drive up the Hummingbird Highway to Cayo, Belize's most Western district. The Hummingbird Highway is considered to be the most scenic drive in Belize, winding its way through the Maya Mountains. You will pass many small villages and pass the bustling market town of San Ignacio, which sits high above the Macal River.

The journey continues west and brings you within a few miles of the Guatemalan border. Here you will cross the Mopan River in a hand cranked ferry to access the large Mayan site known as Xunantunich (pronounced shu-nan-tu-nitch). This fascinating ruin has several plazas and a large selection of classic period structures, it is a major ceremonial center situated high on a limestone ridge. Those ambitious enough to hike to the top of El Castillo, the tallest structure on the site, will be rewarded with panoramic views of Belize and Guatemala.

Ride Belize, east to West!

Bring: Closed shoes, Sunscreen, Insect Repellent
How far away: 100 miles, 3 h ride from Hopkins
District: Cayo
Difficulty level ride: Medium
Difficulty level tour: Easy/Medium
Percentage off-road: 0%
Bike required: Dual-sport or Cruiser
Tour Duration: 1-3 hours


Lush and little @ Nim Li Punit

Enjoy a scenic drive to the southern lush region of Belize where the Mayan Ruins of Nim Li Punit are located. This site lies just 1/2 mile off the Southern Highway, near the villages of Indian Creek and Golden Stream.

Nim Li Punit is one of the smaller Maya sites, well known for the large amount of "stele" (carved stone decorations) found there. Nim Li Punit inherited its name from a carving on the longest of the site's twenty-six stele, depicting a figure wearing a large headdress. In the Maya Kekchi language, Nim Li Punit means "the big hat".

The last stretch into Nim Li Punit is steep and hilly so be prepared for some fun use of your throddle.

Last hill is steep so throddle up!

Bring: Closed shoes, Sunscreen, Insect Repellent
How far away: 80 miles, 2 h ride from Hopkins
District: Toledo
Difficulty level ride: Medium
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 5%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 1-2 hours

Crystal Skull @ Lubaantun

Lubaantun is located about 25 miles from Punta Gorda town and about 1 1/2 miles from the village of San Pedro Columbia and is the largest Maya site in Southern Belize. It is well known for its unusual style of construction. All structures are made of limestone blocks with no visible mortar binding them together. The strength of each structure is created by hand-cut stone, which was carefully measured and shaped to fit snugly next to each neighboring block.

The famous yet controversial crystal skull was supposedly discovered in 1926 by Anna Mitchell-Hedges, daughter of archaeologist, F. Mitchell-Hedges, during an expedition on her seventeenth birthday. This perfectly shaped human skull carved from an 8 inch cube of rock crystal is still possessed by Anna who lives in Canada. The origin of the crystal skull remains a mystery.

Ride to Lubantuun and the Mayan Villages!

Bring: Closed shoes, Sunscreen, Insect Repellent
How far away: 90 miles, 2,5 h ride from Hopkins
District: Toledo
Difficulty level ride: Medium
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 15%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 1-3 hours

End of the world @ Caracol

Far out at the end of a very bumpy road you will find the Caracol Mayan Ruins. This is not only the largest Mayan ruin site of Belize, it is also the one that is set most remotely set far out in the jungle.

You will need to start early in the morning in San Ignacio and be halfway up the pine ridge by 9.00 am to join an escort service to the ruin site. Road conditions vary and this tour is recommended only to very experienced riders, preferably without passengers and to be ridden under dry weather only. If you can handle a real adventure – this would be something to consider.

An adventure in its true sense!

Bring: Closed shoes, Sunscreen, Insect Repellent
How far away: 200 miles, 7 hour ride from Hopkins
District: Cayo
Difficulty level ride: Hard
Difficulty level tour: Medium
Percentage off-road: 90%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 6-10 hours

In heart of Cayo @ Cahal Pech

Cahal Pech is a medium-sized Mayan ruin site located in the heart of San Ignacio town in the Cayo district. The site rests high above the banks of the Macal River and is strategically located to overlook the confluence of the Macal River and the Mopan River.

The site was home for an elite Maya family, and though continuous habitation has been dated to as far back as 1200 BCE during making Cahal Pech one of the oldest recognizably Maya sites in Western Belize.

In the heart of San Ignacio!

Bring: Closed Shoes, Insect Repellent, Water
How far away: 90 miles, 2h 30 min from Hopkins
District: Cayo
Difficulty level ride: Medium
Difficulty level tour: Easy/Medium
Percentage off-road: 2%
Bike required: Dual-sport or Cruiser
Tour Duration: 1-2 hours

Alone @ El Pilar

The Maya ruins “El Pilar” straddle the Belize/Guatemalan border. "El Pilar" is Spanish for "watering basin", reflecting the abundance of streams around the site and below its escarpment, which is rare in the Maya area.

This site with its 12 pyramids and 25 plazas is semi escavated. One fun feature is an underground tunnel and also a view point into Guatemala. Another highlight is that because of its remoteness, you probably will have this ruin site completely for yourself.

Be preparred for oulders on steep ride there!

Bring: Closed Shoes, Insect Repellent, Water
How far away: 125 miles, 4h from Hopkins
District: Cayo
Difficulty level ride: Hard
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 20%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 1-2 hours

108 feet up @ Lamanai

Lamanai itself is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Belize. The Maya occupied Lamanai for three thousand years, The High Temple, which can be climbed via a wooden stairway, is the tallest structure in Belize, standing 33 meters (108’) from the plaza floor. From the top, you can look out across the forest and the lagoon for a one-of-a-kind view. The park also includes the Mask Temple, which is faced with a 15’ tall human head and crocodile headdress.

The ride from Orange Walk is 28 miles. On this ride you’ll see the mountains of the south, the cane fields of the Orange Walk district, the orderly fields of Shipyard and the jungle setting of Indian Church. An alternative to taking the motorbike from Orange Walk is to catch a boat tour that travel through the river way to the site.

Mayan Ruins in the north!

Bring: Closed shoes, Sunscreen, Insect Repellent
How far away: 180 miles, 4h 30 min from Hopkins
District: Orange Walk
Difficulty level ride: Medium
Difficulty level tour: Medium
Percentage off-road: 20%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 4-8 hours