Belize’s Cayo District is vast and unspoilt, blanketed in lush jungle wreathed by rivers, waterfalls and emerald pools. This is Belize’s centre for adventure and ecological activities, and Cayo District holidays could see you tubing through river caves, zip-lining through the jungle canopy or trotting on horseback between the Maya ruins. Most visitors leave the coast to enjoy a few days indulging in energetic pursuits in the base towns of San Ignacio or Belmopan, where you can immerse yourself in unspoilt nature, such as botanical gardens brimming with plants and butterfly houses, or virgin rainforest where you can spot a wide array of wildlife. With the entire region given over to farms and forest, there are plenty of options for getting out and experiencing a different side to the country.
We’d recommend spending time exploring the caves at Actun Tunichil Muknal, where fish-filled waters gleam emerald and azure in shafts of light that fall between the rocks. In Barton Creek you can propel yourself through steep-sided cliffs in a kayak, with the only sound the tinkling of water and the swish of your paddles through the river.
Holidays to Cayo District can also uncover the secrets of one of the world’s most mysterious ancient civilisations – the Maya – with many archaeological sites to be found scattered among the dense jungle. Scale enormous stone steps to peer down from the top of temples dating back to the Maya’s heyday, and enjoy 360-degree jungle views. Many of the tombs have been excavated and have been found to contain well-preserved hieroglyphics, with murky depths containing the remains of sacrificial altars used to appease the gods of the underworld.
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