With hundreds of offshore islands, 180 miles of Caribbean coastline, jungles, mountains, savannas, rainforests, and the spectacularly beautiful Belize Barrier Reef, it’s no wonder that many refer to this gem of a Central American nation as the adventure capital of the world.
Here are 7 fabulous tours to add to your bucket list when you visit Belize:
Abandoned more than 1,000 years ago for unknown reasons, Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave was an important ceremonial site for ancient Maya priests. Today, visitors can see artifacts and offerings left behind by the priests, including the complete remains of sacrificial victim.
This unique cave has a large river running through it. Visitors can hop aboard a canoe and explore through more than 4 miles (6 km) of passages that include 10 ledges with preserved Maya artifacts and the remains of at least 28 people.
Once a powerful city state in the ancient Maya world, Xunantunich was the first ruin in Belize to be explored by modern archeologists. Despite more than a century of study, it wasn’t until 2016 that archeologists unearthed the largest royal Maya tomb ever discovered. Today, visitors can catch a glimpse of the unfolding work on the site.
Occupied for more than 3,000 years, the site is a great place for modern visitors to witness the evolution of the ancient Maya and subsequent Spanish and British colonial occupations of the city.
A natural channel in the barrier reef makes Hol Chan a gateway for fish, mammals, and other marine life which is why the site is such a fantastic place to enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving.
Experienced divers can plumb the gothic depths of a huge system of flooded caverns at the Blue Hole, a site rated by famed marine biologist Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.
Zip lining allows travelers to experience the thrill of seeing the forest from high up in the canopy, sailing through the air from platform to platform.
With so much to do and see, there truly is something for everyone at Belize. Black Orchid resort has guided tours ideal for families, adventure travelers, and honeymooners.