Mayan ruins, lush rainforests, coral reefs brimming with wildlife—unspoiled natural beauty is the hallmark of this small Central American country, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala. Whether it’s adventure you seek or simply a place to dig your toes in the sand, you’ll find it all here.
From sailing to scuba diving to cave tubing, there’s no shortage of aquatic activities in Belize. A visitor favorite is Hol Chan. Mayan for “little channel,” Hol Chan references a deep cut in the barrier reef where 160 species of fish and an abundance of other marine life reside. The snorkelers’ paradise has four distinct zones, including the popular Shark-Ray Alley. Venture into the mountains for a different kind of water-based fun at Rio on Pools. Located in Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, this series of small pools formed by waterfalls is the perfect spot to take a dip and soak up the country’s natural beauty. More communing with nature awaits at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. The world’s only jaguar preserve, along with 300 species of birds and a host of other animals, can be found within these 150 square miles. The chances of seeing an endangered cat are slim, but that shouldn’t stop you from traversing the many lush trails.
Lovers of ancient indigenous history will delight in the many opportunities to see Mayan ruins. From Belize City, head north 30 miles for a chance to explore Altun Ha, the ruins of an ancient Mayan city. Along with two main plazas, the site features 13 structures including the Temple of the Green Tomb. A little further is Xunantunich. About two and a half hours from Belize City, these Mayan ruins are known for El Castillo, a temple that reaches 130 feet and is famous for its stucco frieze.
History is alive inside the city as well at the Museum of Belize. Once a British prison, this Belize City landmark now houses some of the country’s most prized art and tells of its storied past. Glimpse Mayan pottery and jade pendants, or step inside one of the preserved cells to see the etchings of former inmates.
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