Paddle and float the gentle waters of the Macal River as you canoe downstream to the friendly town of San Ignacio. The riverine habitat is a gallery for viewing parrots, toucans, and myriad bird species, monkeys, iguanas, and other wildlife. Enjoy lunch in the culturally diverse small town of San Ignacio lunch before venturing to the Maya ruins of Xunantunich or “Maiden of the Rock”. Climb to the top of the dominant temple of this ancient city rising 130 feet providing an amazing view over the tree tops of the surrounding forest and ancient city. Explore the ruins with your guide who helps you visualize ancient Mayan life from life or death ball games, to battles with adjacent cities, and spiritual rituals calling forth celestial powers. Return to the lodge to enjoy a delicious tropical dinner listening to the howling monkeys, buzzing insects, creaking frogs, and nocturnal bird calls of the rainforest. Choice of Mystic River or Ka'ana for December 24 departure.