The popular website MSN Lifestyle recently recommended Belize as a top destination to visit in 2017. Nestled between Guatemala and Mexico on the Caribbean coast, Belize has plenty to offer travelers looking for an exciting vacation in one of the most beautiful, unspoiled spots on the planet.
Some of the many must-see destinations in Belize highlighted by the MSN article included the Belize Zoo. More of an educational center than a traditional zoo, the Belize Zoo functions as a wildlife rescue center, housing only indigenous animals like jaguars, eagles, and tapirs in handicap-accessible facilities to give locals and visitors alike a chance to see native wildlife up close and personal.
Other destinations featured by MSN Lifestyle included the Belize Barrier Reef. Part of the second-largest coral reef system in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef is home to the Great Blue Hole, rated by celebrated explorer Jacques Cousteau as a Top 10 scuba diving site. Other sites like the Hol Chan Marine Reserve off the coast of the island of Ambergris Caye are popular for their world-class sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving opportunities.
MSN Lifestyle also recommended visiting Belmopan in the country's scenic west, including a trip to the local market where an abundance of fresh food, art, and handicrafts are sold. Some of the most popular adventures recommended by MSN Lifestyle include exploring the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave where ancient Maya priests once performed human sacrifices, visiting the Maya ruins at Xunantunich, hiking through the jungle, and canoeing down the many pristine rivers in Belize.
Travelers wanting to see and explore all the best that Belize has to offer should consider staying at the Cahal Pech Village Resort. Located in the country's western Cayo District just a few minutes from San Ignacio, the eco-tourism capital of Belize, the Cahal Pech Village Resort offers visitors the chance to stay in a charming thatched-roof cabana while enjoying gourmet meals, beautiful views of the nearby river valley, and professional spa treatments.
Cahal Pech is conveniently located close to many popular attractions, including the colorful market in San Ignacio, the ongoing archeological work in Xunantunich (an ancient Maya ruin where the largest royal tomb ever discovered is being excavated), and exciting outdoor adventures like horseback riding, canoeing, and zip lining through the jungle. Cahal Pech also has well-established connections with the top resorts, lodges, and hotels on the coast and offshore islands for travelers wanting to experience the best that the Belize Barrier Reef has to offer.
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