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The Cayo District incorporates the beautiful forests of western Belize, centered around the town of San Ignacio, near to the border with Guatemala.

The landscape ranges from subtropical to mountain forest, teeming with tropical birds, tumbling waterfalls and winding rivers.

Cave systems

Most people are attracted to the place to visit the exquisite cave systems such as the Barton Creek and Rio Frio caves, or to explore the impressive Maya ruins of Xunantunich and Caracol.

Experience subtropical forest

If you are a fan of the outdoors, love to canoe, horseride, birdwatch, hike or swim under waterfalls this is a fabulous place to spend a few days and a great way to experience the subtropical forest.

There are easily accessible and lovely jungle lodges that make relaxing homes, offering you a wide selection of tours with excellent guides to investigate the region’s many places of interest.


Relief work on the Caracol ruinsCaracol is the largest Mayan archaeological site in Belize. In AD 650, the urban area of Caracol had a radius of approximately 10 kilometers around the site's epicenter. It covered an area much larger than present day Belize City and supported more than twice the modern city's population.

Urban Caracol maintained a population of over 140,000 people through the creation of an immense agricultural field system and through elaborate city planning.

Caracol is noted not only for its size during the Maya Classic era (A.D. 250-950), but also for its prowess in war; this includes an AD 562 defeat of Tikal (Guatemala) and a subsequent conquest of Naranjo (Guatemala) in AD 631.

Sights include an astronomic observatory, five plazas and over 35,000 buildings. The loftiest among them is a massive pyramid capped by three temples that rises over 50 meters above the jungle floor.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Cayo District & Caracol

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Cayo District & Caracol, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Cayo District & Caracol

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Cayo District & Caracol. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Black Rock Cabana

      Black Rock Lodge


      A superbly positioned jungle lodge for enjoying all the attractions of the Cayo District, including its array of wildlife.

    • Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize

      Blancaneaux Lodge

      First Class

      Owned by Francis Ford Coppola, Blancaneaux Lodge is a first class lodge situated in the beautiful natural surroundings of Mountain Pine Ridge in the Cayo District.

    • The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Chaa Creek

      The Lodge at Chaa Creek

      First Class

      The Lodge began life as a farm, growing into a guest house and gradually over the years opened its doors as the first jungle lodge in Belize.

    • Hidden Valley Inn, Belize

      Hidden Valley Inn


      Situated in the beautiful Mountain Pine Ridge area of Belize, the Hidden Valley Inn is a cozy and welcoming hotel, with just twelve cabanas spread throughout the gardens.

    • Junior Suite, Five Sisters Lodge

      Gaia River Lodge


      Tha Gaia River Lodge is located in the Mountain Pine ridge area of Belize, and is very eco-friendly, with the electricity provided by harnessing the energy from the river next to the lodge.

    • River Valley View Interior

      Table Rock Jungle Lodge


      Table Rock Jungle Lodge is a sustainable lodge located in a peaceful and beautiful spot on the banks of the Macal River in the Cayo District.