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Yellow tailed oriole, Belize

Things to do in Belize

Despite its compact nature, Belize offers a huge range of activities and attractions. Home to the second-longest barrier reef in the world, it’s an incredible place to dive or snorkel due to its warm Caribbean waters and abundant marine life.

Inland, the lush subtropical forest plays host to colourful wildlife and relics of ancient civilisations. Archaeological sites such Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave with its skeletons, ceramics and stoneware, the ancient ceremonial site at Xunantunich and Caracol, the largest Maya archaeological site in Belize, are atmospheric places to visit and offer an insight into the great civilisation that once ruled the region.

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Ideas for experiencing Belize

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Belize, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Xunantunich, Cayo District, Belize

    Xunantunich & Cahal Pech

    Take a tour of the archaeological site of Xunantunich, located on the banks of the Mopan river. Xunantunich means "Stone woman" in Maya. It was a thriving city near the end of the Classic period, with large plazas ringed with pyramids.

  • Caracol, Belize

    Caracol Excursion

    Caracol is the largest Maya archaeological site in Belize. In AD 650, the urban area of Caracol had a radius of approximately 10 kilometres around the site's epicenter.

  • Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, Belize

    Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

    Not for the faint-hearted this is a truly adventurous excursion. Actun Tunichil Muknal, meaning "Cave of the Stone Sepulcher" is one of the most impressive caves in the Maya lowland.

  • Tikal, Guatemala

    Tikal Excursion

    Tikal is most definitely the most impressive of all the Mayan sites in Central America, not only for its historical remains but because it is also a haven for wildlife, making the trip to Tikal all the more enchanting.

  • Howler Monkey, Belize

    Wildlife Sanctuaries

    The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, is an area known internationally as a bird watchers paradise. A trip here combines birding and national history and a visit to the only inland island in the country.

  • Grinding the cacao beans, Toledo

    Cacao Plantation and Community Visit Tour

    Toledo District

    Follow an experienced guide and plantation owner on a tour of a working organic cocoa farm, before visiting a traditional Belizean community located in a small village on the banks of the Moho river.

  • Sealife, Placencia

    Blue Hole Three Tank Dive

    The Cayes

    This excursion departs early in the morning, at around 6am, and arrives back at around 5.30pm - a full-day trip which allows for three incredible dives in some of the most pristine and beautiful underwater sites in Belize.