When you're exploring Belize's wildlife reserves you'll see animals and plants that you didn't know existed. Take a walk in the rainforest or the Maya Mountains with someone who knows the lay of the land, so they can answer any questions you may have about the sights and the sounds of the Belizean landscape. Nature guides can also point out reptiles, birds, insects, and other critters that you might have missed.
23 Things to Do
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.
8 hrsFrom $169
This tour is an active exploration of the terrain once controlled by the Maya. You’ll get to hike, climb, and swim as you make your way through the jungle of western Belize, on your way to see the staggering sights of Xunantunich and the swimming hole nestled in St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park. Along the way, your guide can help paint a picture of what life was like for the Mayans who called this world their home.
9 hrsFrom $215
This tour will take you to two different nature reserves in the Maya Mountain region of western Belize. You'll get to see Maya ruins and some of the incredible natural formations that characterize this part of the country. Keep in mind that there is some hiking and climbing involved in this tour, so participants should be at least moderately fit and have no physical limitations.
9 hrsFrom $140
This tour to Nim Li Punit takes an interesting look at the natural world of the Maya, in addition to an educational archeological site. After touring this ruin near the foothills of the Maya Mountains, you’ll visit a botanical farm to see a selection of plants that the Maya used. You’ll also get to know a wide variety of plants and spices that only grow in the tropics. This is an all-day tour that leaves at 8 AM and returns at 5 PM, and includes a break for a homemade lunch.
8 hrsFrom $185
This is a two-part tour – it begins with a hike, followed by a fun inner-tubing adventure. The Cockscomb Wildlife Basin protects a huge variety of species, including over 290 birds. During your visit here, you can also do some interesting shopping – the gift shop sells handicrafts made by local Mayan women.
8 hrsFrom $145
Tikal is a highly doable day-trip from San Ignacio, and this all-day excursion ensures that you don’t miss out on seeing one of the most spectacular ruins left behind by the Maya. This is an all-day tour, and includes a stop for lunch. Join your guide for an exciting trek to the jungle, which with any luck will include sightings of some incredible wildlife – keep an eye out for the famous resplendent quetzals and their tremendous tail feathers. Sightings of monkeys and birds will continue once you arrive, and you’ll get to watch jungle animals skitter up and down the stony faces of the many temples.
8 hrsFrom $174
Take this full-day tour to visit the impressive remains of the Caracol site. It served as an important trading hub for nearby Tikal, which is right across the border in Guatemala. This is an educational tour as well as an opportunity to experience the forests of western Belize. It also includes a break for lunch.
8 hrsFrom $159
On this tour, you'll get to leap into one of Mayflower Bocawina National Park’s enormous waterfalls. The tour begins with a 20-minute walk through the rainforest. Your guide will be a knowledgeable naturalist who can tell you about the surrounding flora and fauna.
7 hrsFrom $150
For many thousands of years, the Maya have cured what ails them with exotic jungle plants. On this tour, you’ll take a tour of hiking trails on the private, 17-acre property of stunning jungle in San Antonio, Belize. This is both a nature tour and an educational tour, where you’ll get to enjoy the scenery at a relaxed pace while you learn about plant medicine.
1 hrFrom $15
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