It’s no wonder tourism in Belize is growing.
The once-sleepy country on Central America’s Caribbean coast offers an amazing diversity of attractions, including some of the large Mayan architectural sites, one of the world’s most extensive cave networks and one of the longest barrier reefs.
Belize also has a quirky nature that is sometimes hard to define. Perhaps it is the mixture of 5 different cultures that make the destination a place where everyone can feel somewhat at home – or the easygoing charm found in San Pedro and Cay Caulker, small beach-side towns and districts beyond Belize City, the capital.
Belize offers several ways for travelers to indulge their inner adventurer:
Cave’s Branch Jungle Lodge, Belize
In addition to its upscale jungle accommodations, Cave’s Branch offers guided activities ranging from cave exploration to river tubing, enabling guests to rappel into caverns and float along underground rivers
Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve, Belize
This unique sanctuary in southern Belize covers an area of about 150 square miles of tropical forest, and is the world’s only Jaguar Preserve.
A visit to the Jaguar Preserve may likely provide you with signs of recent Jaguar activity, but it is highly unlikely that an actual Jaguar sighting will occur. These wonderful animals are masters of stealth and their very existence is based on their seeing, but not being seen. Cockscomb is also renowned for its bird populations and boasts up to 300 recorded species. These include Macaw, the Great Curossow and Keel-billed Toucan. What will you see at Cockscomb? Probably not jaguars. They are there of course, but the chances of seeing one is about seventeen thousand to one. Having said that, people do occasionally catch glimpses of these stealthy carnivores, but much more likely, especially in the rainy season, is finding the pug marks along the muddier stretches of the trails. Jaguars are in fact found in all of Belize’s reserves. The terrain is dense tropical rainforest with well maintained trails, jungle canopy. Wildlife to see includes: jaguar, jaguarundi, peccary, howler monkey, gibnut, agouti, snakes, coatamundi, over 300 bird species.
Cerros Ruins, Belize
The Cerros ruins were first noticed in 1900, but no archaeological work began until the early 1970s when the Metroplex Corporation of Dallas bought the property to build a resort around Cerros’ ceremonial center. When the Metroplex plan came to naught, ownership of the site was transferred to the Belize government. Cerros includes stepped pyramids, an acropolis and two ballcourts, raised fields, a series of canals for crop irrigation, and residential neighborhoods extending southwest and southeast from the core of the site. Although 4 temples, a war monument, two ball courts, several residential areas and burial caches have been excavatead, most of Cerros remains untouched.
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