Belize is a stunning and diverse country where there is enough to satisfy a lifetime's worth of adventure. To inspire you and give you some ideas for your own Belize itinerary, Island Expeditions’ team of travel experts has selected 10 experiences that should be on your bucket list.
1. Spot a Jaguar
Visit Belize's Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve to explore the trails and view wildlife in the world’s first Jaguar Preserve. A visit to the Jaguar Preserve may likely provide you with signs of jaguar activity, but it is unlikely that you will spot the elusive Jaguar. We suggest a visit to the wonderful Belize Zoo - home to the rehabilitated, orphaned and rescued wildlife of Belize. Here you can see one of Belize's most beloved Jaguars - Junior Buddy.
2. Snorkel the Lighthouse Reef Atoll
Half Moon Caye (home to out Lighthouse Reef Basecamp) is located on the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, a protected marine reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site which offers the best Belize island for walk-in beach snorkeling. This remote caye also boasts the oldest bird sanctuary and marine protected area in Central America, home to the red-footed booby.
3. Watch the Phosphorescence at Night on the Moho River
Deep in the inland rainforests of Belize is the stunning Moho River. We visit this remote valley on our Epic Belize trip where we camp in the jungle and visit Mayan villages far removed from the outside world. Experience the unique phenomenon of the glowing river from the phosphorescence.
4. Take a Self-Guided Belize Island Hopping Kayak Adventure
Sea kayaking in Belize is world class. Experienced paddlers can plan a self-guided kayaking adventure, hopping from island to island. One of the most popular options is the Glover's Getaway & Kayak Rental Combo which gives you 3 days of guided adventure at Glover’s Reef, plus a week of paddling on your own.
5. Hike the Antelope Falls, the Highest inPoint Mayflower Bocawina National Park
A hike to the top of the Antelope Falls in the Mayflower Bocawina National is not to be missed. The views from the top are incredible, providing a breath-taking lookout point over the rainforest canopy below and Caribbean Sea on the horizon.
6. Discover the Che Chem Ha Caves
Explore the limestone formations and large number of Mayan artefacts in Che Chem Ha Cave system. This ancient cave system is located 16 miles from San Ignacio and we visit this sacred cave on the Glover’s Reef and Mayan Cave trip.
7. Dine on Fresh Conch Ceviche at the Glover’s Reef Basecamp
After a day of adventure and paddling on Glover's Reef Atoll, relax back at the Basecamp and with a rum punch and some of Bol’s famous conch ceviche.
8. Experience a Belize Waterfall Rappelling Adventure
An unforgettable Belize experience is to hike to the top of the 1,000-foot Antelope Falls and then experience an exhilarating 250 ft guided rappel down the waterfall.
9. Learn to Make Tortillas with a Mayan Family
We visit the remote Mayan village of Santa Teresa on our Epic Belize trip. Learn how to make traditional corn tortillas from scratch. The first steps include the preparation of corn known as "poch" which is made by leaving the massa (corn mush) to ferment. The massa is then placed in a large waha leaf (a large, flat leaf) and then boiled like a tamale.
10. Visit One of Belize’s Ancient Mayan Sites
Belize is home to over 600 ancient Mayan sites. Archaeologists believe that Belize was at one time the centre of the lowland Mayan Empire. Must see Mayan sites include Lamanai, Altun Ha, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech and Caracol.
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