Katun Ahau Tours

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Belize Culture Tours
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Katun Ahau is owned and operated by Elias Cambranes. Elias is a San Ignacio Belize tour guide with over 25 years experience in giving archaeological tours to sites in Belize and to Tikal in Guatemala.

Elias is the only tour guide in Belize who is also licensed in Guatemala. While other tour operators will turn you over to a Guatemalan guide at the border when leaving Belize, Elias will be your guide from start to finish. This not only provides you with an experts tour guide but also assures your safety and comfort for the whole trip.
 
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Enter the exciting world of rivers that disappear into the underworld as you float on inner tubes with only headlights to light your way after a 1 ½ hr drive from San Ignacio. Spectacular ... morecrystal formations of million years in the making. Massive cathedral-sized chambers with walls of river sculptured rock. Imagine the experience as you float through a subterranean cathedral. Turn off your lights, leaving you with the sensation of drifting in a black void of timelessness and into the sacred realm of the ancient Maya.
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San Ignacio Town
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Silently glide back in time aboard a canoe equipped with powerful spotlights as you enter a sacred realm of the ancient Maya. Barton Creek cave is part of a large riverine system and ... moreone of the longest subterranean archaeological sites in Belize. In addition to the natural beauty of its stalagmites, stalactites and impressive calcite crystal formations the site contains a wide range of cultural remains deposited on the ledges above the river that date back to 1200 years ago. Enjoy our snacks along with a quick swim, accompanied by waterfalls and the rainforest.
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San Ignacio Town
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Travel to one of the most popular Mayan ceremonial caves in the Maya world. Discovered in 1986 in western Belize, mapped and studied by an archaeologist from 1993. The cave has a full ... morelength of 5 km but the ceremonial area used by the Mayan priest & shamans is 1 km from the entrance. Fourteen human remains have been found inside and 1100 ceramic objects. All bones and most ceramics have been completely covered by calcite from the dripping water which has left them with a sparkling appearance especially the full extended skeleton called the ‘Crystal Maiden’. Drive 1 hour from San Ignacio then hike is 35 mins on a jungle trail. Swim once across a river then walk across shallows twice. Inside the dry zone where the artifacts and bones are located all persons need to remove all shoes and walk in socks to reduce damage. To see the Crystal Maiden you need to ascend a 13 ft ladder to reach the area known as the sepulcher. Time spent inside the cave is 2 ½ to 3 hrs. Get an in-depth look at Belize’s Mayan culture.
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San Ignacio Town
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Experience Tikal as the jungle comes alive. Howler monkeys and spider monkeys and toucans all sing as the sun fights an ongoing battle with the clouds. When traveling from Belize, ... morereserve your stay directly with any of the three resorts are that are located inside the Tikal National Park. After your tour, you are taken to your resort for your overnight. Our tour starts at 4 a.m. from your Tikal hotel's lobby. We then organize the return shuttle back to San Ignacio or Flores, Peten the following day. Discover the Tikal National Park and appreciate the jungle from the top of a Mayan pyramid.
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San Ignacio Town
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Located across the Belize/Guatemala border, Yaxha (blue/green – water) has 500 buildings on 3 sq. kilometers. It was inhabited from 800 BC. to 1450 AD. and is located on a slope overlooking ... morea major lake of the same name. From the top of its temples, the view is water or jungle to the horizon, a view so unique since the Maya never built their cities near water. Yaxha is better than Caracol in architecture, setting, and wildlife, plus you don’t need to go on a dirt road for 2 1/2 hrs each way. It is one of the undiscovered sites, no crowds, less driving, and flat walking. This is an excellent jungle setting for wildlife and culture. What to experience a beautiful sunset? Depart at 1:00 pm to stay and watch the sunset from the top of the highest temple with a complimentary glass of wine!
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San Ignacio Town
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Cahal Pech is located on a hill overlooking the town of San Ignacio. It contains 34 structures located around several courtyards. The tallest is 77 ft and two ball courts. Investigations ... morebegan in 1988 and revealed that the Cahal Pech was settled by 1200 BC. A carved monument discovered at the Cahal Pech is also the earliest carved stela for the eastern Mayan lowlands. Discoveries and excavations continue on both sites presently.
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San Ignacio Town
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Xunantunich was a classic period Maya ceremonial and residential center. This site is located along the western border of Belize with Guatemala on the Mopan River in the village of ... moreSuccotz. The core occupies a hilltop with six plazas that include temples and palaces. The most prominent rises 130 ft above the plaza called “El Castillo”. Vehicles use a hand crank ferry to access the site.
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San Ignacio Town
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Located deep in the Chiquibul forest reserve, Caracol is the largest known Mayan site in Belize and one of the biggest in the Maya world. Caracol was a classic period urban center ... morethat spread out over 55 sq miles with an estimated population of 150,000 inhabitant and causeways that radiated up to 5 miles from the center. The temple rises 41 meters above the plaza level with 100 meters of base area and to this day is still the largest man-made structure in the country of Belize. The drive to Caracol will take you through the scenic mountain Pine ridge forest reserve, home of Rio On Pools & Rio Frio Cave.
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San Ignacio Town
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Yes
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Tikal national park is located in Guatemala, 75 miles west from San Ignacio or 2 hrs 30mins drive. Tikal is the most magnificent of all Mayan archaeological sites. Tikal has its beginnings ... morearound 600 BC and in the late classic period the architecture excelled all world capitals, the population was of 100,000. The site is dominated by 5 enormous steep side limestone temples that rise over 200 ft from the forest floor; only 2 are allowed for climbing. 3000 structures have been identified and 20% has been excavated. The park has an area of 222 sq miles and has had no human settlement for the past 1000 yrs. It is home to 300 species of birds, 5 species of felines, 3 species of primates, deer, anteaters, and snakes making it a true tropical rainforest experience.
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Incredible ATM tour with Ben
We had a great time on this tour and it was definitely one of the highlights of our two week trip to Belize. Ben picked us up early from San Ignacio and drove expertly through some really sketchy roads to get us to the entrance of the park. He led us through the 45 min easy hike and supported my wife over two river crossings, which I really appreciated. It was an intense experience swimming and climbing ... more through the wet cave, but we felt safe with Ben’s leadership the whole time. He also conveyed a strong love and knowledge for the cave/jungle environment which impressed us. Took one star off for gear due to some confusion about what we should bring with us on the hike, and what we should leave in the car. All in all- fantastic experience- highly recommend the Katun Ahau tour company!
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all perfect
From the transfer to the tour itself a very good organization. We hat a Guatemalan tour guide with a lot of knowledge, very interesting tour and good explanation. Highly recommendation!
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Incredible Cave Tour
I completed this tour with my 10 year old son. Ben was incredible--so knowledgeable and a clear love of his job. The cave itself is majestic, stunningly beautiful and undoubtedly worth the visit. We would absolutely do it again! Ben knows the cave so well and has a deep understanding and love of the history that it brings. It 10 year old said this was his absolute favorite thing we did in Belize--and ... more we did a lot! It was a magical experience for us to do together--thank you!!
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Great Tour
Fantastic tour, Elias was so knowledgeable about the way of life, the struggles of the people and lots of info on their demise. Learned so much from him.
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Wonderful Experience
Ben was our tour guide but he was so much more than that. His wealth of knowledge on rock formations and everything at ATM was outstanding. He picked us up very early and we were the first and only group there which made the experience even better. I can't swim and he made me feel very comfortable and safe. I am so glad I chose Katun and had Ben to show me ATM.
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Best Tikal Tour Guide
Elias definitely knows everything there is to know about Mayan ruins. We had a couple in our group who were more familiar with mayan ruins so they asked lots of questions before we got to Tikal which was a very good set up for everyone else because it gave us a lot of background info before the official tour started. There was no question Elias did not have the answer to. He was fun, organized and ... more really the best person to show you Tikal. He made the border crossing very seamless and because he has dual citizenship he was able to start and end with us. Lunch was ready with no wait time once we were done with the tour.
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Outstanding
Our tour guide through katun ahau- Ben - was absolutely amazing. Ben was here on time and seemed excited to share about his country, the area, and of course - the cave and the rituals. Ben was open regarding all questions our crew had, even the critical ones. He was helpful and thanks to him we were almost the first group in the cave. He took his time explaining everything, has a wealth of knowledge ... more about geology as well as vegetation and wildlife. He spotted threats way before anyone else and took care of his group, making sure everyone has a great experience. Ben has experience as a cave rescuer and has come to this cave as a guide for 17 years. He has worked with the researchers here and shared a wealth of their knowledge. The truly most outstanding part about Ben was - he loves this place and it shows. he loves explaining and protecting it, making sure that his guests are careful and educated where others seemed careless (stepping on artifacts, bones, etc). Totally recommend this guy and will specifically ask for him when I book other tours in the area if at all possible.
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Tikal tour
Great guy and a wealth of knowledge. Made the border crossing an everything easy so we could just enjoy the visit
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Great, safe tour!
When going into Guatemala, the primary concern was safety - For some reason, the US makes Guatemala seem like an unsafe location to visit. Going into the country through San Ignacio was just fine - Elias arranged everything from cars and shuttles, along with admission to Tikal so everything went smoothly. Tikal was an amazing place and we're so glad we went!
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CAVE tour
This is an awesome tour, a must do. There is a lot of climbing and descending though. Make sure you have the stamina. Our guide Ben Cruz was amazing and very knowledgeable.
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Great Tour with Elias
Elias was a perfect guide for our day trip tour to Tikal from St. Ignacio. He was very informative and professional. The transportation was clean and quick, and the tour of Tikal was absolutely amazing. Elias provided excellent commentary on our surroundings and was very knowledgeable about the area as a whole. Thanks Elias!
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excellent experience with a knowledgable guide
Elias shared a wealth of knowledge of the Mayan history and religion and tied it in beautifully with our cave experience. At least two other guides passed our group as Elias helped me, and those I talked with after, understand the significance of the ATM cave to the Mayan. Well done Mr. C!
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