Cayo District in western Belize is home to many hidden gems, offering everything from exciting adventures in the jungle to tours of mysterious hilltop ruins abandoned by the Ancient Maya more than a thousand years ago.
Below are five exciting Belize excursions that you should definitely add to your bucket list on your vacation:
Imaging relaxing in the cool refreshing waters of a river on a hot day, enjoying the pristine scenery as you float on by. Now imagine that same tour but the river passes through a series of stunning caves. Cave tubing is one of the most exciting excursions in Belize as participants glide through the mysterious underworld where the Maya once conducted solemn religious rituals.
Belize is home to some of the most beautiful and wild jungles in the world. Don't miss a chance to see the canopy up close and personal as you soar 600 feet through the jungle on a zip line.
Visit Cahal Pech and Xunantunich
Cahal Pech was once the hilltop abode of the Mayan elite, built high above the river bank. Visitors today can explore more than 30 buildings, including temples, ball courts and a royal burial chamber. Nearby Xunantunich, a name which means "Stone Woman" in the Mayan tongue, is home to the breathtaking El Castillo with a panoramic view of the confluence of the Macal and Mopan Rivers.
Once used by the Ancient Maya to perform human sacrifices in an attempt to please their gods, today athletic explorers can swim and climb through several kilometers of underground passages to see a rich assortment of pottery, paintings and the glittering remains of a young female victim known as the "Crystal Maiden".
Discover Mountain Pine Ridge
Pine forests, rolling hills and thundering waterfalls are all found in Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Reserve, one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas in all of Belize, the perfect place for a picnic or a quick dip in the refreshing waters.
Cahal Pech Village Resort
Perched high above the Macal River in San Ignacio Town, the Cahal Pech Village Resort is the best resort to stay in Belize all year round. With a gourmet restaurant onsite and close access to the Maya Mountains, the ruins at Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, and all the best sites in western Belize, Cahal Pech offers affordable accommodations in a gorgeous natural setting.