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Thats what makes our Adventure Guides unique. The only English-speaking country in Central America Belize is home to species of birds innumerable Maya ruins as well as the worlds second largest barrier reef. All manner of tips and recommendations for the first-time or veteran Belize traveler. Encouraging eco-travel Vivien Lougheed profiles many of the unique archeological sites wildlife preserves marine sanctuaries and conservation areas.
Explore firsthand Belize s myriad attractions. This guide provides detailed information on travel to Belize as a whole but it then goes on to cover the Cayes -- the many islands offshore. Diving snorkeling sailing fishing windsurfing and sea kayaking are what most people do in Belize. Other travelers may read tan drink and eat seafood. Maybe a big guy to spot you. However, there is absolutely NO cardio equipement from the last 2 decades. Waterfalls - Waterfalls in Belize are among the consummate hang out places for spending an impeccable Belize vacation. The pristine beauty and the tranquil atmosphere in the areas of waterfalls are a special treat to the eyes.
Click here for information on seven waterfalls from around Belize on the mainland. Hiking in Belize - Apart from its popular and prestigious barrier reef, ancient Maya cities and ceremonial caves, and other numerous attractions, Belize also has an incredible and spectacular array of opportunities for hiking.
Click here for a list of one person's idea of the top ten best hiking destinations around Belize on the mainland. Chocolate Tour - Mayan kings once traded cacao seeds as currency and drank them in a spicy, sacred beverage. Now, Mayan farmers are cashing in, thanks to the world's growing appetite for specialty chocolate. The work is slow going. My wife, my mother-in-law, and I need more than 30 minutes to peel enough beans to be ground into a single bar of chocolate. Click here for information about the Chocolate Trail in Belize.
Reef Camping - Go camping on the reef by spending a few days on a boat with your own captain and crew, plenty of food, and the ability to go wherever you like! Swim, snorkel, fish and explore reef and islands. Relaxing - It's OK here. If you're not in the mood for any strenuous activity then you find a beach towel, hammock,or lounge chair, on your balcony, on the beach or under a shady tree and enjoy the view, work on your suntan, read a book, take a nap sip a delicious cup of coffee from Caye Coffee , our local coffee roaster, or just do nothing.
The Coastal Xpress travels up and down the eastern shore of Ambergris Caye, and the Caye Caulker Water Taxi can get you between islands and back to the mainland. To see the schedule for Coastal Xpress, click here. Check with local airlines for scheduled flights to other destinations in Belize and neighbouring countries. Mainland Tours - Tours to ruins, the zoo and other parts of Belize can be arranged by any of the several travel agencies on the island click here for island travel agencies or through your hotel.
Try any of these: There is a swimming area with a slide in the shallow, sandy waters of the park. Swimmers, beware of tidal currents in the deeper channel.
Wear a bathing suit, cool clothing, a hat and sunscreen if you're going swimming as the sand can become very hot. It is a leisurely 20 min. The ranger station is located amidst the ruins of Chac-balam, which was an important Maya trading center. Fifteen hundred years ago these same Maya cut the narrow channel that separates Ambergris Caye from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Diving opportunities are spectacular.
Tours to Bacalar Chico can be arranged through local tour guides. Dress lightly; wear a bathing suit, repellant and or sunscreen, comfortable shoe or sandals, sunglasses and a hat. Click here for more information on Bacalar Chico. Little Iguana and Rosario Caye - These cayes are two small mangrove island reserves managed by Green Reef an Ambergris Caye local based non-governmental organization along with the Belize Audubon Society. These two cayes are great places to spot blue herons, roseate spoonbills, greatfrigate birds, reddish egrets and other coastal zone birds.
Tours can be arranged through local guides. Wear insect repellant, sandals, hat and of course bring along your binoculars. The Butterfly Jungle - Imagine walking through a lush jungle that is teeming with bright Belizean butterflies and exotic flowers. The Butterfly Jungle is a beautiful place that raises butterflies found in the jungle of Belize right in the heart of Ambergris Caye. Valley Ruddick and Tom Thomas have made a butterfly garden where they raise butterflies and allow you to see each stage of their transformation from a miniscule egg from a lowly caterpillar to the miraculous jeweled butterfly.
Located at Rendezvous Estates, which is just less than five miles north of San Pedro Town, the Butterfly Jungle allows visitors to walk among hundreds of butterflies inside a greenhouse that is filled with exotic flowers and jungle plants that attract butterflies. Currently, the Butterfly Jungle has 15 to 25 species at any one time flying in the flight room, which depends on the time of the year. All of them are distinctive and beautiful in their own way, and many of them show strange behaviors that are unique to their family. There are about 17, species of butterflies all around the world, and more than of these species are found in Belize.
Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Site - This Mayan site is a late pre-classic era sea-trading center located at the southern end of Ambergris Caye. During the dry season it is approachable by trail and can also be reached from the lagoon side. The site has been heavily looted and has yielded grinding tools, pottery, obsidian blades and jade. Although the site is still under excavation, stelae and temple mounds are visible. Chac-balam Archaeological Site - A Mayan residential and sea-trading post, that is being excavated seasonally by teams from the Royal Canadian Museum.
When visiting any Archaeological Site remember that these sites are located in the forest, the home of bugs and mosquitoes.
Wear lots and lots of repellant. Wear comfortable clothes that cover legs and arms. Wear a hat and comfortable shoes.
Breakfast, bike and canoe use is included. In conjunction with solid conservation efforts, the guides of Caye Caulker continue to hone their skills with regard to permit fishing. You may cancel your reservation prior to 45 days of your arrival date and receive a deposit refund. Belize City to Blue Hole and Turneffe The Maya Ruins of the Yucatan. Shopping - Ambergris Caye does not have great big shopping malls but rather a few quaint little gift shops and street side venders that are more than willing to help you to take a little piece of paradise home with you. It is quick, easy and inexpensive.
You will be trekking about in the bush. San Pedro Lagoon - Accessible by boat ride or kayak, this lagoon the largest on the island offers visitors the opportunity to get a glimpse of a crocodile, raccoons which inhabit mangroves, and countless magnificent bird species. Take a ferry boat ride to the north of the island past the river and have lunch at one of the quaint restaurants in the area.
The atmosphere of the north differs because of the littoral forests with its associated plants and animals. Iguanas and Wish- Willies are common to this area. Great place to snorkel, go kayaking or birdwatching. Click here for photos of the lagoon by kayak Photography - Belize and San Pedro are wonderful places to take pictures.
For a peek at many photos of the island and Belize, visit the AmbergrisCaye. If you have questions about bringing film to the island, click here. Tennis - San Pedro Family Fitness Center has two real tennis courts, real gym equipment and a 4, sq. You can use it even if you are a visitor to the island, they have daily and weekly rates, so next trip bring your racket. There is also a court available at the high school, where there is one tennis court and it can be arranged for use after school hours when the kids are not using it for basketball.
It is a multipurpose court. Spa - The Jade Spa at Mata Chica is a real delight, featuring aromatherapy massage, facials, mask massages and more. Alexandra Nicholson, who developed Maruba Resort Spa They are located just north of the bridge by Villas At Del Rio.
The girls from La Diosa near Victoria House do massages, manicures, and pedicures. A good friend went to see Carrie and Shar with Sol Spa and enjoyed it a lot. Sol Spa is a relaxing, artful space, inspired by the sun on Ambergris Caye, Belize. We opened our doors in Ever since then, we have strived to provide our clients with the most professional services available, in a healing environment.
Each practitioner at Sol Spa has been extensively trained, licensed and certified in the U. Also, Maruba , the award winning resort in the heart of the Mayan jungle is a treat if you are over on the mainland. Caving - Belize is an ideal location for the formation of caves.
With abundant limestone and a wet climate, caves abound in many places throughout Belize. Chiquibul, at ft. Caving is a dangerous sport, and it is advisable to check with the locals before exploring any caves on your own. Because of the isolation of many caves, they have not been thoroughly explored. Actun Tunichil Muknal - Cayo's newest jungle cave attraction. Discovered in , today this water cave boasts a large and diverse collection of preserved Maya artifacts. Good physical fitness is required to visit this one.
Chechem Hah Cave - Near the Guatemalan border this cave iis impressive for it's mother lode of huge intact Maya storage jars called "ollas". Barton Creek Cave - Canoeing here is a popular Cayo attraction featuring natural bridges, skeletal remains and Maya artifacts. It has its own parking lot and steps for easy walking. For information on driving on the mainland, click here. Cave Tubing - A great fun trip to the mainland, for a ride you will never forget!
Click here for more information on cave tubing in Belize. Click here for one group's experience Here's a lil information from someone who just returned We picked up our truck-sized inflated tube with Manuel Lucas, our guide provided by the lodge, and once again trekked over a jungle path until we reached an opening into the cave. We waited until a small group ahead of us was out of earshot before wading into the water to start our adventures. Go tubing Thursday through Monday; on other days, cruise ships ferry hundreds of passengers to the caves, making for a raucous time in the cavern.
We drifted lazily and entered the mouth of the cave. There are stalactites and stalagmites still forming, since the Mayan Mountains are limestone karsts.
Water seeps from the ground above and the slow steady drip creates the formations over eons. We looked at bat holes above, driftwood caught against the roof in a previous flood. At one point we turned off our lights, just to experience total darkness and silence.
The Mayans once used these caves for ritual purposes. With our lights on again, we stopped at a small beach and climbed up the rocks to the top of the cave. There we saw remains of ancient pottery. Just as we had at the beginning of our trip, we tried to imagine what life was like for the original inhabitants, where spirits populated the underworld and there was no electricity.
We continued our quiet journey, lost in another world. Zip-lining is essentially rappelling above the jungle canopy, secured safely by cable and pulley equipment. The adventure sport originated from rappelling, where safety climbing harnesses and ropes are used to repel or jump from one point to another. Similarly, zip-lining employs a series of cables and platforms suspended high above the ground over the rainforest tree tops; the zip-lines attached from one platform to another allow you to slide via harness and pulley through the tree tops or rainforest canopy.
It is 6 or 7 stations, each with 2 main lines very safe. One will often see Howlers and tons of birds Great guides and some good fun for sure! The total time is about 90 minutes. There is also a zip-line tour on the left just before the entrance to Tikal National Park. One can stop by after touring Tikal. They have two different tours: The second is located off the highway with 7 platforms, but two of them are meters in length and go to a height of 40 meters.
The guides are very nice and one will feel safe the whole time.