Best Mainland Tours From Caye Caulker
Heading to Belize to enjoy some time on the reef? If so, you're not alone. The Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of the best fishing, diving, and snorkeling in the world. And while many visitors immediately head for the reef to places like Caye Caulker, they often don't realize that there are lots of things to do and see on the mainland as well.
Here are some amazing activities that you can enjoy on the mainland of Belize:
Actun Tunichil Muknal, or ATM cave for short, remained undiscovered and untouched for more than 1,000 years, ATM Cave was formerly used by ancient Maya priests to conduct human sacrifices. Today, visitors can see the bones of dozens of men, women, and children who were bludgeoned to death to appease the angry gods of the ancient Maya.
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech
Located just outside of San Ignacio, Xunantunich is one of the biggest ancient Maya cities in the world. Home "El Castillo" (The Castle), Xunantunich is regularly reported to be haunted by a mysterious woman with glowing red eyes.
Cahal Pech, on the other hand, is a small, clifftop residence located just across the river from San Ignacio. Built to house nobles and elite members of society, Cahal Pech is a great introduction to ancient Maya archeology.
San Ignacio Market
This colorful, open-air market on the banks of the Macal River is a great way to experience the real Belize. It's also a great place to stock up on souvenirs, local foods, and traditional medicinal compounds made by local shamans.
Technically, Tikal is located in Guatemala, but it's just a short drive from San Ignacio. Tikal is perhaps the most famous ancient Maya site in the world and has been featured in several movies, including the first Star Wars film.
One of the best ways to explore the lush natural landscape of Belize is by horseback.
Cave Tubing and Zip Lining
Zip lining is the art of flying through the jungle canopy along a series of steel cables. Cave tubing is the adventure of floating down underground rivers aboard an inner tube.
Not a "zoo" in the traditional sense, the Belize Zoo is an animal rescue and rehabilitation center that is home to more than 100 indigenous bird and animal species.
If you're interested in visiting any of these locations, be sure to book your adventures with Cahal Pech Tours.