Belize Nature Walks

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.

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Lubaantun Mayan Ruin & Blue Creek Cave, Belize
Lubaantun Mayan Ruin & Blue Creek CavePlacencia

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.

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Archeology
Guided Tours
Nature Walk
Ruins
Cahal Pech Tour, Belize
Cahal Pech TourSan Ignacio

Located on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful town of San Ignacio is the Cahal Pech Maya site and the Visitor Center. This site is one of the oldest Maya ruins in Belize.

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Archeology
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Altun Ha Maya Ruin and Maruba Spa, Belize
Altun Ha Maya Ruin and Maruba SpaAmbergris Caye

Combine history, culture, and relaxation on this tour of the Altun Ha ruins and the Maruba Spa. The spa has treatment areas out in the open that blend in with the jungle surroundings.

Archeology
Leisure
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Caracol Maya Temple, Belize
Caracol Maya TempleSan Ignacio

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.

Archeology
Hiking
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Xunantunich and Inland Blue Hole, Belize
Xunantunich and Inland Blue HolePlacencia

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.

Archeology
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Caracol Mayan Site Tour, Belize
Caracol Mayan Site TourSan Ignacio

Caracol Mayan Temples was discovered in 1938 by loggers, located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve now it is the most extensive Maya site in Belize and one of the biggest in the Maya World.

Archeology
Guided Tours
Nature Walk
Ruins
Walking
Lamanai Jungle River, Belize
Lamanai Jungle RiverAmbergris Caye

Lamanai Jungle River will explore new areas of the new river of Lamanai

Archeology
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Jaguar Preserve, Belize
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Jaguar PreservePlacencia

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.

Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Wildlife
Nim Li Punit or Lubaantun, Belize
Nim Li Punit or LubaantunPlacencia

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.

Archeology
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Caracol Mayan Ruins, Belize
Caracol Mayan RuinsSan Ignacio

Take this tour to see one of the largest Maya ruins in the world inside the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. It begins with an early morning drive from Chaa Creek—you’ll travel 2 hours to reach this site.

Archeology
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Pontoon on the Vaca Lake, Belize
Pontoon on the Vaca LakeSan Ignacio

This tour takes place on a pontoon boat called La Capitana, on a man-made reservoir of the Macal River. Macal River makes its way through the Cayo District, which has large swaths of wild jungle.

Boat Tours
Cave Exploration
Nature Walk
Caracol Mayan Temple, Belize
Caracol Mayan TempleSan Ignacio

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.

Archeology
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Tikal Mayan Ruins - Belize to Guatemala, Belize
Tikal Mayan Ruins - Belize to GuatemalaSan Ignacio

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.

Archeology
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Walking
Jaguar Preserve Tour, Belize
Jaguar Preserve TourPlacencia

This tour takes place in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, which was established to protect the endangered jaguar. It is one of the few places left in the world where there is a stable population of jaguars.

Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Photography
Bocawina Waterfall Rappelling, Belize
Bocawina Waterfall RappellingPlacencia

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.

Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Lamanai Ruins Half Day Tour, Belize
Lamanai Ruins Half Day TourAmbergris Caye

Lamanai Archaeological Site Walking through actual plazas and temples that were once of paramount importance to the ancient civilization, visitors will feel the vibrancy and mystery of the Maya.

Archeology
Guided Tours
Nature Walk
Ruins
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Tour, Belize
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech TourSan Ignacio

This tour takes you to two of Belize's top Maya sites - Xunantunich and Cahal Pech.

Archeology
Guided Tours
Nature Walk
Ruins
Bird Watching Tour, Belize
Bird Watching TourSan Ignacio

Take an early morning tour of the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve to see the many bird species that make their home here. Your guide will be an experienced bird watcher who can help you spot some of the more elusive birds.

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins, Belize
Cahal Pech Mayan RuinsSan Ignacio

Take this tour to see one of the oldest Maya sites in Belize. It has ruins that you can climb and is only 30 minutes from Chaa Creek.

Archeology
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Medicinal Trails Tour, Belize
Medicinal Trails TourSan Ignacio

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.

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Nature Walk




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