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There’s plenty to do and you can’t do it all in one trip.  You can always come back as most do.  Plan your trip well.  Although it is a small country you have a lot to choose from.

Archaeology

Belize has hundreds of archaeological sites covering the entire country.  Pretty much anywhere you go you’ll find ancient Maya ruins.  All sites are managed by the Institute of Archaeology and have interpretive centers, as well as trained guides to show you around.

Must-visit Archaeological sites in Belize: Altun Ha, Cahal Pech, Caracol, Cerros, Lamanai, Lubaantun, Nim Li Punit, Xunantunich, plus many others. Belize plays an important role in the world of the ancient Mayan civilization.

Canoeing/Kayaking

Whether you’re a beginner at canoeing/kayaking or really know your way around a boat, Belize has the waterways for any paddling traveler. Tour companies and jungle lodges also cater to canoe travelers, with some of the best areas being on the Mopan and Macal Rivers in the Cayo District.  There, you can paddle through the jungle, see wildlife, and then make your way through little villages to get a look at how life is in less traveled areas.  As long as you’re there, you may want to dock your boat and take a jungle hike or stop and say hi to the villagers.  After all, just because the river keeps going doesn’t mean you can’t stop and make some new friends.

Fishing

Belize has an abundance of game fish and guarantees excellent sport fishing all year round. Since many rivers empty into the Caribbean Sea, you’re practically guaranteed a daily catch, not to mention the fact that guides have no problem sharing their own “secret” spots with guests.

Explore Turneffe Atoll, which provides you with some of the most desired areas in the world for fly-fishing. Bonefish, permit and tarpon are everywhere.  In fact, Belize is one of few places where you can fish a Grand Slam—bonefish, permit and tarpon all in the same day.

Hiking

Hikers in Belize can see nature’s unspoiled beauty at its best.  The country boasts spectacular caves, reserves and sanctuaries, which provides endless opportunities for hiking exploration.  Some trails are self-guided; some require the expertise of a licensed tour guide who can point out birds, wildlife and local plants.

Here are the top 10 hiking destinations in Belize, compiled by the Belize tourism board.  Shipstern Wildlife Nature Reserve, Rio Bravo Conservation Area, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, Hokeb Ha Cave and Tiger Cave, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Five Blues Lake National Park, Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, The Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, Mayflower Bocawina National Park, Blue Hole National Park.

Snorkeling / Scuba

Snorkeling/Scuba Divers from around the world visit Belize for an experience you can’t get anywhere else. Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere and has three of only four coral atolls in the western hemisphere.

The Belize Barrier Reef spans 185 miles of the country’s coastline and features dive sites inside and outside the reef. There are countless dive locations for anyone from Dive Masters to beginners. The Blue Hole was originally a cave that formed about 10,000 years ago. It’s visible from outer space, and is home to some of the largest midnight parrotfish in the world. The water is clear and underwater visibility routinely extends hundreds of feet, so you can easily view activity under the surface. Since temperatures are similar to that of bath water, the water is always mild. Amazing views and comfortable water temperatures, it’s all here waiting for you.

Caves

Caves were used by the ancient Maya for performing spiritual rituals like sacrificing to their Gods.  The caves were considered to be the home of Gods and an entrance to the underworld called ‘Xibalba’ or ‘the place of fear’.  Don’t be surprised as to what you will see!

Here are the top 10 caves in Belize:  Black Hole, Rio Frio Cave, Barton Creek Cave, Chem Chem Ha Cave, Actun Tunichil Muknal, Caves Branch Cave System, Laguna Cave, St Herman’s Cave, Tiger Cave, Hokeb Ha Cave.

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