Guidelines for Visiting Archaeological Reserves - 04/01/21 11:01 AM
The Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History (IA/NICH) is working closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all employees and visitors on the archaeological reserves.
The following are guidelines to receive and manage visitation to the archaeological reserves.
- Upon arrival at the archaeological reserve, tour groups will be subjected to the instructions of the tour guide with guidance provided by the archaeological reserves staff.
- Where possible, it is recommended that tour guides and tour operators conduct all financial transaction for ticketing at an approved NICH ticketing location prior to arrival on site.
- All ticketing transactions on the reserve shall be handled only by the tour guide.
- Tour guides and guests are required to have minimal interaction with park rangers.
- In an effort to prevent congregation of visitors in restricted spaces, visitors’ centers will remain closed and climbing will be monitored on certain temples.
- No tour guides are allowed to loiter within the archaeological reserves with the exception of the Nohoch Che'en Archaeological Reserve. In the case of Nohoch Che'en a maximum of ten freelance tour guides will be allowed at any given time.
Actun Tunichil Muknal
- The new ratio of guest to guide shall now be 6:1
- There shall be a five-minute interval between groups of guest within trails and cave.
- The guide to guest ratio remains at 8:1
- There shall be a five-minute interval between the canoes entering the cave.
- Each canoe shall maintain a distance of six feet from each other.
All other Terrestrial Sites
- The guest to guide ratio shall now be 10:1
Please note that the adjustments to the guidelines come into effect on April 1st, 2021.
For more information, kindly contact the Institute of Archaeology at [email protected]