Get Inspired / Central America / Belize Archaeological Adventure on the Caribbean Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Central America / Belize Archaeological Adventure on the Caribbean story by: Mike Williams In between cocktails and sunbathing on a Caribbean cruise or resort holiday, don’t forget that you can channel your inner Indiana Jones and go on an archaeological adventure. You can probably leave your cowboy hat and bullwhip at home though; just be sure to take some good walking shoes. Holidays in the Western Caribbean, in particular, are rich in potential archaeological adventures because of the various ancient Mayan sites in the region. Don’t hold the fact that the world didn't end in 2012 against them; the Mayan’s true legacy is their fascinating heritage of art, architecture, mathematics and astronomy. Besides, as any Mayan tour guide will tell you, the whole 21 December 2012 thing was just a big misunderstanding. Many Western Caribbean Cruises brush against the north eastern coast of Central America, so excursions to Chichen Itza from Cancun are popular, as are tours to Xunantunich or Tikal from Belize City. Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador also provide opportunities to explore the Mayan culture. While not as ancient as some of Western Caribbean archaeological sites, other islands in the Caribbean have a rich history of their own. For example, the Caparra Archaeological Site at Guaynabo hosts the remains of the first capital of Puerto Rico in the 15th century. Further east, the island of St Kitts is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brimstone Hill Fortress, established by the British in the 17th century. Also in the Eastern Caribbean, the Annaberg sugar plantation ruins on Saint John Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands are also deep in history. Wherever you go, there are opportunities to peel yourself off the beach towel and do some exploring; at the very least you’ll get some cool pictures to take home. Click here for the Latest HOT Cruise Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 5 reasons why Contiki's a great idea Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - February 2017 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.