Belize is a beautiful South American and Caribbean destination, nestled below the Yucatan peninsula. This premiere eco and laid-back destination is bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south. Belize is the land of rainforests with its beautiful cascading waterfalls, lush vegetation, and assorted wildlife. Belize is also the place where you can explore the ancient Mayan ruins, or experience adventurous activities such as hiking and caving.
Boasting the world’s second longest barrier reef, and an estimated 200 Caye that are sprinkled along the coastline, this destination is very popular and interesting for the nature and outdoor enthusiast. The climate in Belize is a subtropical one. Therefore, each area you visit; there will be varied temperatures.
In the northern parts of the country, it is mostly marshlands and lagoon this gives the areas a cooler feeling. In the inner regions, there are plenty of plains and Savannah areas that can be very hot and humid. While in the southern parts, the Maya Mountains rise to 3000 feet with many rivers flowing into the sea forming a network of watersheds and tropical rhapsody.
Belize Land Tours
If you really want to experience the beauty and charm of Belize, going on land tours is one of the best ways that you can achieve this. When you take these trips you will be able to explore the rich culture of the country which dates back some centuries ago.
The Mayflower Waterfalls is an adventurous hiking trip. This excursion takes you to the Mayan Mountains, where you will see groves of sweet oranges and banana plantations, which gives way to a thick tropical rainforest. Once you arrive at the waterfalls you will be guided through the sites of the ruins which feature many ceremonial mounds to include a ball court.
A trip to the Antelope Falls is truly worth your time and effort, as you will see the crisp clear water dropping about 100 feet below unto some huge rocks. You can cross the falls at the top, where you will have a clear and beautiful view of the jungle below, which is truly breathtaking. Just a short distance away is another waterfall with a lovely pool that is perfect for swimming.
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruin
The Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruin attractions will take you to a three hour drive up to Cayo district, in Belizeâ€™s most western parts. You will travel along the Hummingbird Highway, which is the most picturesque drive throughout Belize. You will pass many small villages as well as the nationâ€™s capital, Belmopan, to the lively market town of San Ignacio, which sits high above the Macal River.
The journey continues west within a mile of the Guatemalan border. You will then cross the Mopan River in a ferry to access the large Mayan site known as Xunantunich or the Stone Maiden. This captivating ruin has quite a few plazas and boasts a selection of classic period structures. If you want to explore this area some more, you can visit the El Castillo peak which is the tallest formation on the site. This will allow you to see some gorgeous views of Belize and Guatemala.
The medium size Mayan structure called Cahal Pech is perched on a hilltop covering about 2 acres. This is the second oldest structure in the Mayan world and was once home to the Cahal Pech royal family. Most of this site has been partially restored, and the site also features several restaurants where you can have a snack or two.
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Land Tour
The Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave land tour is a spectacular adventure that normally begins very early in the morning where you will be able to see Belize waking to the sun. You will experience the vibes of the jungle with its splendid flora and fauna, and plenty of wildlife. During your trails, you will go across three amazing streams leading up to the cave. At the cave site, you will be lowered to the jungle floor, where you will pass various cave entrances with Mayan pottery that has not been troubled for centuries.
To fully explore the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave it will take you about 3 to 4 hours. Sufficient lights are available to go through the cave’s chamber. The cave has been preserved and remains just as it was since 700 A.D. Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave is a decorated cave of Belize, with displays of some of the most magnificent and gleaming limestone formations.
There are many types of accommodations and lodgings to choose from if youâ€™re staying in Belize. Whether you’re looking for resorts to pamper you or an eco-adventure, you’re sure to find it here. If resort living isn’t your style, or if you’re on a tight budget, you can stay in any of the smaller hotels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts in Belize.
If you are the outdoors type, you can easily book an eco-lodge or stay at a campground. While authorized campgrounds are hard to find, most hotels are ecologically-friendly and will allow you to camp on their property for the night. These accommodations cover all levels of quality and prices.