If you are looking for a country with tropical sandy beaches, amazing coral reefs, exotic wildlife, jungle tracks, and ancient historical sites then check out our post on BELIZE. Belize is one of the TOP destinations to visit and EXPLORE in Central America. Belize is rich in diversity and ecosystems with wildlife such as exotic birds, snakes, jaguars, monkeys and stunning marine life BELIZE has it all. The Great Blue Hole is a UNESCO World Heritage dive site, people visit here from all over the globe for fantastic fishing and deep-sea adventures. Besides diving, snorkelling, and fishing, travellers can kayak lagoons, cave tube along subterranean rivers, hike through jungles and pine forests, view stunning wildlife in its natural habitat, or simply pitch up a hammock and chill out in this tropical paradise. Check out this post on taking a vacation in Belize.
The Maya ruins of Xunantunich are located above the Mopan River near San Ignacio, within sight of the Guatemala border. Most of the structures date from about 200 to 900 BC. Xunantunich consists of a number of six plazas surrounded by more than 26 temples and palaces. At 40 meters (130 ft) the pyramid known as “El Castillo” is the tallest structure in Xunantunich and the second tallest structure in Belize, after the temple at Caracol. An amazing place to check out and explore its, ancient temples and ancient structures.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The mountainous tropical forest here has a vast array of wildlife including jaguars, ocelots, pumas, anteaters, tapirs, monkeys, snakes, and numerous other exotic species Bird watchers will also find this place spectacular due to the huge number of tropical birds that live here such toucans and scarlet macaws are among the 290 species recorded in the preserve. There are many trails here you can go on to explore the sanctuary. The Waterfall Trail is one of the most popular and has a swimming hole, while Ben’s Bluff Hiking Trail is more challenging but will provide you with wonderful views of the basin. Guided tours are also available here.
Lamanai is located in the jungle on the banks of the New River. It is one of the most famous archaeological sites in Belize. Lamanai means “Submerged Crocodile” in the Mayan language, and images of crocodiles have been found on the excavated buildings, pottery, and figurines. Getting to the site is a great experience by boat which is about 1 hour up the New River and it goes past dense jungle with wonderful wildlife sights on route. Lamanai was occupied the longest of any Mayan site. The archaeological site features more than 900 structures as well as a museum with exhibits of pottery, obsidian, figurines, and jewellery. Highlights include the Mask Temple, Temple of the Jaguar, and the High Temple, which visitors can climb for incredible jungle views.
Siting high on the Vaca Plateau, 500 meters above sea level, Caracol is the largest Maya site in Belize. It was once one of the largest ancient Maya cities, covering some 168 square kilometres. At its peak around 650 AD it is said there was a population of about 150,000 people that lived there. The largest pyramid in Caracol is Canaa (Sky Place), at 43 meters it is still the tallest man-made structure in all of Belize. This is a fantastic site to explore to take in all the history and extraordinary ancient sites.
Great Blue Hole
Belize has 3 atolls and it is a paradise for divers, which flock here from all over the world to explore it waters. The Great Blue Hole, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Half Moon Caye is the most visited caye of the atoll. Visitors can also explore the island’s lighthouse and relax on the beautiful tropical paradise beaches, while divers love diving and exploring the underwater marine life around the island.
Just off the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula, laid back Ambergris Caye is the largest of Belize’s 200 cayes and a TOP tourist destination. it is the most visited diving and snorkelling site and is the second largest in the world. You can see sharks and stingrays here as well as other marine life. You can also visit the nearest town which is San Pedro, which has beautiful coloured houses, lots of accommodation choices, shops, and places to eat and drink. The Ambergris Museum and Cultural Centre will give you an insight into the island’s history.
Lying in a valley between the Mopal and Macal Rivers, San Ignacio is a wonderful place to stay for exploring the attractions of the Cayo District. Top on the list here are the archaeological sites. Xunantunich, perched on a limestone ridge overlooking the Mopan River. El Pilar is one of the largest archaeological sites in Belize. You can also can explore the ruins and surrounding jungle on the vast network of nature trails.
Other places to visit locally are the Cahal Pech Archaeological Site, the Che Chem Ha Caveand the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave,Barton Creek Cave.Other TOP attractions in the region include the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve and the Iguana Conservation Project.