Maya Mountains

Belize

The Mayan Mountain region beckons the outdoor adventure seeker. Recognizing the value of healthy ecosystems, the Belize government has set aside much of this region as protected areas. As a result, the environment here remains very healthy and untouched, with abundant wildlife and native vegetation. The Mayan Mountain region of Belize spans the west of the Hummingbird Highway, and the area that borders the Western Highway.

This region of Belize has many plants and animals that you won’t find anywhere else in Central America. It is home to elusive wildlife, including the jaguar, tapir, and howler monkey. There is also an extensive cave system, and the tallest waterfall in Central America. The variety of activities and attractions in the region can leave travelers almost overwhelmed by all the options. Build an itinerary around cave tubing, birding, horseback riding, hiking, and exploring ancient Mayan ruins.

Most people visiting this region stay in the tourist hub of San Ignacio. This town has an extensive selection of tour operators and accommodations. Located just 8 miles (13 km) west of the Guatemalan border, activities here can also be combined with a side trip to Tikal, one of Central America’s largest and most famous Mayan ruins. For those looking to go deeper into the jungle, dozens of isolated eco-lodges provide visitors a chance to be in the center of the action. These accommodations range from rustic to luxury. While you can access most of the main attractions in the Maya Mountain region from San Ignacio, some of the more remote attractions can only be accessed from the southern coastal towns of Dangriga, Hopkins, Placencia, and Punta Gorda.

Culture in the Maya mountain region is a melting pot of Creole, Maya, Mestizo, and Garífuna influences. A majority of the region’s residents reside in Belmopan, Belize’s capital, which is 26 miles (42 km) east of San Ignacio on the Western Highway. Also along the Western Highway is the town of Spanish Lookout. Known as the home of the largest German-speaking Mennonite community in Belize, Spanish Lookout is one of the most agriculturally productive areas in the country. No tourist infrastructure exists in Spanish Lookout, but if you want a complete picture of Belize’s culture you will find a drive through the area to be quite interesting.

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Heres a list of Belize's Amazing Sights and Attractions

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Flora Fauna
Flora Fauna
 

Rhinoceros Beetle

 

House Gecko

 

Monkey Tail (Guaba chilillo)

 

Glass Frog

 

Common Basilisk

 

Spectacled Caiman

 

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

 

Leatherback Turtle

 

Fishing Bulldog Bat

 

Scarlet Macaw

 

Long-tailed Hermit

 

Boa Constrictor

 

Olingo

 

Common Dolphin

 

Spiny Green Lizard

 

Leaf-Cutter Ant

 

Puma

 

Blue-jeans Frog or Strawberry Poison-dart Frog

 

Millipede

 

Resplendent Quetzal

 

Monarch Butterfly

 

Magnificent Frigatebird

 

Jaguar

 

Green Page Moth

 

Two-Toed Sloth

 

Fer-de-Lance

 

Green Heron

 

Bare-necked Umbrellabird

 

Turquoise-browed Motmot

 

Agouti

 

Ocelot

 

Bottle-nosed Dolphin

 

Coati

 

Red-Eyed Leaf (Tree) Frog

 

American Crocodile

 

Baird's Tapir

 

Owl Butterfly

 

Tonka Bean Tree

 

Keel-billed Toucan

 

Vampire Bat

 

Humpback Whale

 

Barbachele

 

Spider Monkey

 

Ground Anole

 

Brown Pelican

 

Mantled Howler Monkey

 

Tarantula

 

Army Ant

 

Arboreal Termites

 

Giant Toad or Cane Toad

 

Kinkajou

 

Pacific Spotted Dolphin

 

Golden Orb Weaver

 

Great Green Macaw

 

White-Faced or Capuchin Monkey

 

Glasswing Butterfly

 

Armadillo

 

Pink Shower Tree

 

Stinking Toe Tree

 

White Leadtree

 

Fiery-billed Aracari and Collared Aracari

 

Ice Cream Bean Tree

 

Margay

 

Walking Stick

 

Long-tailed Manakin

 

Tayra

 

Green Turtle

 

Brilliant Forest Frog

 

Assassin Bugs and Kissing Bugs

 

Spanish cedar (Cedrela odorata)

 

Common Tink Frog

 

Zopilota

 

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

 

Narrow-headed Vine Snake

 

Collared Peccary

 

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

 

Oncilla

 

Jaguarundi

 

Orca, Killer Whale

 

Milk Frog

 

Elephant Ear Tree

 

Andiroba

 

Black Ctenosaur

 

Helicopter Damselfly

 

Fin Whale

 

Scorpions

 

Cook

 

Black Witch

 

Squirrel Monkey

 

Three-wattled Bellbird

 

Saman (Samanea saman, aka Albizia saman)

 

Blue Morpho

 

Chestnut-headed Oropendola

 

Violet Sabrewing

 

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

 

Bananaquit

 

Spotted Longwing

 

Three-Toed Sloth

 

Bullet Ant

 

Paca