Tours and Activities in Belize
For such a tiny country, Belize has a hugely varied landscape. There are mountains to the west, rainforests in the lowlands, a Caribbean coast, and Caribbean islands. Venture into the rainforest and the mountains to see Maya ruins. Belize is a compelling country for travelers who want to explore the outdoors, although this country also has more than its fair share of hammocks and serene, white-sand beaches.
Adventure tours are for people who want an outdoorsy vacation, and who won’t say no to an adrenaline rush. Zip lining, rafting, biking, and horseback riding tours are as exciting as they are accessible, even for absolute beginners. Professional guides come along for the ride to make sure these activities are fun for everyone.
Belize’s culture has assimilated people from far-flung corners of the globe. Many Belizeans can trace their heritage to Africa, the ancient Maya kingdom, and the East Indies. Everything here is a mix, with pockets of distinctive cultures. In the highlands you’ll see Maya ruins, and you can visit traditional Garífuna and Kriol villages near the Caribbean Coast.
Belize is one of the top destinations in the world for marine vacations. Between the Belize Blue Hole and the Belize Barrier Reef, Belize is the complete package for scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and boat tours. Belize also has mangrove coastlines and atolls that make it a spectacular destination for kayaking.
Belize teems with biodiversity, from the rainforests to the coral reefs. Taking a guided tour will introduce you to endangered and colorful species of plant and animal life. Belize’s jungle canopies are an awesome destination for bird watching. Travel to the Caribbean reefs and atolls for a chance to see manatees, sea turtles, sharks, and whale sharks up close.
Cave tubing and a visit to the Belize Zoo will bring you face-to-face with Belize’s incredible outdoors. First you’ll visit the Belize City Zoo, which is known for its rehabilitation programs for endangered animals. Then you’ll head to the Caves Branch River, where you will ride on an inner tube through the ancient caves of the Maya
Actun Tunichil Muknal cave is the doorway to Xibalba, the Maya underworld. This cave contains ceramics and human skeletons that have fused with the walls of the cave. The most famous of these remains is the Crystal Maiden, a skeleton of a young woman believed to have been a sacrifice. Her bones are now partially covered with the sparkling build-up of cave sediment.
This 6-hour tour takes you two of Belize’s most interesting inland nature attractions – St. Herman’s Cave and the Inland Blue Hole. In addition to sightseeing, you’ll also get in some hiking through the forest and a swim in one of Belize’s prettiest swimming holes.To reach these spots, you’ll make your way through a lively jungle, where you’ll have the chance to see a huge variety of birds. Keep in mind that this hike is on the more challenging side, so make sure you’re ready for an active day.
This aquatic tour will take you down the most interesting waterways of St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park. Your will begin with an airboat ride through the park’s wetlands, where your guide will point out some colorful local wildlife. Then you will visit the Crystal Cave, which you can enter only with the help of a guide.
Visit the Maya Ruin site of Lubaantun and then hike to the caves of Blue Creek. Located in the remote south of Belize is a magical 1300 year old Mayan ruin that is just waiting to share its story with you. Step into the past and imagine coming here as an early explorer, hacking your way through the jungle to the crumbling steps.
This tour will bring you to the top of a Maya temple, and then to the entrance of the Maya underworld. The temple is inside the Maya city of Xunantunich, which is located near the border of Guatemala. Its name translates to “Maiden of the Rock.” After you ascend the walls of its temple, you’ll continue the tour to the Cave Branch River, where you’ll follow the river into a series of caves that had intense spiritual significance for the Maya.
This tour tests the limits of your adventurousness. You’ll follow your guide on a fascinating hike, go ziplining, and then take a rappelling voyage into one of the jungle’s “black holes.” Keep in mind that this is a strenuous hike, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re ready for an extremely active day.
Take this tour into depths of the mysterious and enchanting Barton Creek Cave. Barton Creek flows through the cave, allowing you to paddle through its interior. This tour also introduces you to some interesting archeological remains.
This is a relaxing tour that introduces you to some of Belize’s most scenic spots. You’ll learn quite a bit about jungle plants and the radiant birds of the Macal rainforest. Choose from tours that begin at either 8:00 AM or 1:00 PM, and keep in mind that the tour lasts from 2.5 to three hours.
This site has one of the most interesting collection temples of any Maya ruins in Belize. There’s the 130-foot tall El Castillo temple, which is one of the tallest buildings in the country. Visitors can climb to the top of it stepped facade to check out the incredible surrounding landscape.
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Frequently asked questions
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- I Haven't Tried Some of These Activities. Is That A Problem in Belize?
You don’t need experience to enjoy Anywhere’s tours or activities. We have professional guides who are trained to help make you feel at ease. Most visitors don’t experience any difficulty with zip-lining, rafting, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, or any of the other activities we offer. (Of course, some of these activities are not suitable for young children.) If you do have difficulty, your guide will help you adjust the activity to your comfort level.
- What Adventure Activities Are There In Belize?
Belize has miles of protected rainforest, which provides an exciting environment for zip lining. There are miles of Caribbean coastline for you to kayak. Try swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving in the clear, tropical waters.Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s Shark Ray Alley is one of the most popular destinations for snorkelling and diving. Try kayaking or diving around the Great Barrier Reef, located near Belize’s atolls.
Río Blanco National Park is another good destination for kayaking – it has a 20-foot (6-m) waterfall and one of the nicest swimming holes in Belize. Hiking is one of the best ways to see the Maya Mountain Range, and the surrounding Maya ruins. Go for a hike to the ruins of Cahal Pech, or to the sacred caves of Aktun Tunich Muknal.
- What Are the Top Activities in Belize?
Belize is one of the top destinations in the world for scuba diving. Coral reefs, marine reserves, and the Great Blue Hole have all made Belize a must-see destination for serious divers. The Great Blue Hole is an underwater sinkhole, 60 miles (100km) off the coast of Belize. Only experienced divers can venture to the bottom of the 400-foot (121-m) hole. You won’t see much wildlife in the hole, but you will see some remarkable underwater stalagmites. Around the rim of the sinkhole, divers will see many different species of shark and colorful, undulating anemones.The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the healthiest, most diverse reefs in the Caribbean. It stretches across 7 marine reserves. For a look at rare, Caribbean wildlife, check out the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Laughing Bird Caye National Park, Bacalar Chico National Park, and South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Depending on the time of year you could see whale sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees.
On hikes through Belize’s inland reserves you’ll get to explore some of the country’s most significant Maya ruins, including Lamanai, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, and Corozal. You’ll also see waterfalls, swimming holes, and tracts of perfectly preserved rainforest.