Belize is one of the most magnificent vacation destinations for any traveler. Whether adventure and exploration are on the to-do list, or rest and relaxation, Belize has these options and everything in between.
Listed below are the top 10 things to see and do in Belize.
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
Actun Tunichil Muknal (otherwise known as the ATM Cave) Cave is located near the Cayo District of Belize. This cave is a well known Mayan archaeological site that offers its visitors the opportunity to see firsthand Mayan stoneware, ceramic and skeletons.
Tikal Mayan Ruins In Guatemala
Tikal Mayan Ruins was once a flourishing Mayan city around 700 AD. This historic site includes five pyramids, and a wide selection of flora and flauna. Tikal National Park is a great travel destination for the history buff because several days can easily be occupied wandering the rich jungle looking at the pyramids, the flora and flauna, and the wide array of ancient ruins.
Barton Creek Cave
Located just 45 minutes from San Ignacio, Barton Creek Cave offers the adventuring traveler a once in a lifetime canoe trip through a former Mayan burial cave where actual bones can still be seen. Barton Creek Cave also offers visitors the opportunity for a picturesque view of cathedral chambers and rock formations.
Mountain Pine Ridge
Jagged mountain peaks, beautiful rolling hills, pine forests and areas of flat grassland are what make up Mountain Pine Ridge located near Cayo, Belize. This 300 square mile forest reserve is a popular stop for adventurers looking to hitch, hike or mountainbike through Belize.
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Located 30 miles west of Belmopan, Xunantunich Mayan Ruins are known to be the first Mayan historical ruin site that was opened to the public. This site features a pyramid that is breathtakingly 130 feet in height.
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins were once inhabited by a royal Mayan family during the Classic period in time. Translating into "place of ticks", Cahal Pech was once surrounded by beautiful grassland that was used as pasture. Cahal Pech was believed to have been settled around the year 1000 BC and left by 800 AD.
The Belize Zoo was founded in 1983 and sits on 29 acres. This zoo is home to over 125 animals in all which is comprised of 48 different species. The zoo focuses on leaving the natural landscaping of Belize alone within the limits of the zoo and allows visitors to learn about the local wildlife of the year in their own habitat.
San Ignacio Market
The San Ignacio Market offers travelers the opportunity to experience the local culture of Belize. Saturdays are "market days" and are known to be the day that the locals come into town to trade, buy, sell and mingle. A wide variety of vendors offer travelers the opportunity to truly buy a piece of Belizean arts.
Cave tubing in Belize is one of the most sought after tours for visitors. Cave tubers travel through Mayan caves and are able to gawk at magnificent stalagmites and stalagtites while also seeing ceremonial pottery, glyph writings, and the skeletons of those individuals who were sacrificed.
Zip lining through the local jungle of Belize offers an exhilerating vacation experience. Soaring from treetop to treetop allows zipliners the opportunity to feel as if they are flying through the Belize jungle. Picturesque scenery that is otherwise not able to be seen comes alive while ziplining.
These are the top 10 out of a wide array of things to see and do in Belize. Belize is truly a one stop destination for rest, relaxation, adventure, and exploration. Whether you are looking to go alone, or carry the whole family, Belize is the perfect vacation destination to do both.