Take a scenic 3-hour drive up the Hummingbird Highway winding through the Mayan mountains and passing over narrow bridges to the Cayo, Belize’s most western district. Then pass through small villages as well as the nation’s capital, Belmopan, and the bustling market town of San Ignacio, which sits high above the Macal River.
Stop at Cahal Peche, or Place of Tricks, the residence of the Mayan royal family at the time Xunantunich was at its prime. The complex comprises of 34 structures on a 2-acre area. The site includes 7 plazas, 2 ball courts, 6 plain stelae and 1 altar, as well as temple pyramids. Cahil Peche has the second oldest structure in the Mayan world. Development started around 1000 BC -- the pre-classic period -- and was abandoned around 800 AD.
Take a short car ride to the Mayan ruin of Xunantunich (pronounced Shu-nan- tu-nitch), or Stone Maiden. The hand-cranked ferry will take you across the river to this major ceremonial site, high on a limestone ridge with a panoramic view of the Cayo District and the Guatemalan border. Marvel at the detailed stucco friezes on the sides of El Castillo, which have been partially restored and are excellent examples of classic period structures.
Hike to the top of El Castillo, the tallest structure on the site, and enjoy panoramic views of Belize and Guatemala.
Reef & Sport Fishing
The front desk personnel organize fishing trips with certified local experienced guides. Five (5%) percent of the entire country’s land area (22,960 sq. miles) is covered by lagoons running along the coastline, as well as its atolls. There is a string of freshwater rivers and estuaries in Belize, all of them packed with a diverse variety of freshwater and marine life. Game fish like snook, snapper, jack and tarpon, use these waters both as a feeding and a viable spawning ground. Baitfish and crustaceans utilize the biomass deposited by the rivers into the ocean.
Belize’s southern reef is an angler’s paradise with abundant marine life! Whether you are a novice or an experienced fisherman or fisher woman, Belize offers a wide variety of unique fishing experiences. Choose from hand line fishing, trolling, cast fishing, spear fishing (lion fish only) and seasonal free diving for lobster or conch.
Experienced guides can customize a fishing or fishing/snorkeling trip to your liking. Full day trips usually include lunch, but confirm at time of reservation. Inquire about having your catch cooked for lunch on one of the neighboring cayes!
Sittee River and Anderson's Lagoon is two additional spots should you prefer an inland fishing adventure.
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Even if you have never snorkeled before, experienced guides will help you explore the reef and its abundant plant and animal life. From schools of fish, to turtles, barracuda or even stingrays and eels, there’s a lot going on underwater.
The Marine Reserves off the coast of Hopkins is home to sea grass beds, patch reefs, sand bores, mangrove habitats and over a dozen of major cayes and smaller islets.
Inquire about a combination of fishing and snorkeling.
The famous explorer, Jacques Cousteau, once describe Belize as: "…one of the four must dive locations on this blue planet."
The Belize barrier reef stretches 185 miles along the country's coastline, with dive sites both inside and outside the reef. Whether you are a dive master or a beginner, our expert guides will find the ideal spot for your specific need.
One of the most spectacular sites is the Blue Hole -- so large it is even visible from outer space. The cave formed over 10 000 years ago and is home to some of the largest midnight parrot fish in the world. The waters are warm and clear with visibility extending hundreds of feet.
Morning and Nocturnal Tours
Take an early morning cruise on the Sittee River and discover deer, iguanas, birds, crocodiles and other wildlife in or on the river bank. Take an evening cruise on the Sittee river and try to spot nocturnal wildlife such as crocodiles, gibnut and raccoons.
Head out on the 5 minute boat ride to Anderson Lagoon from the Sittee River Marina. A good sized body of brackish water surrounded by huge prehistoric mangroves and total darkness. The night sky is thick with stars all the way down to the tree line. Then cut through an opening in the mangroves. It's pitch black, the only light is the guides flashlight. then he turns it off. The boat picks up speed and the wake…glows.
A blue glow lights the boat from below, as you speed up, the tiny algae, which settle at the bottom of the lagoon in dry season, glows from the agitation.
Fish darts through the water, creating tiny comets in the dark water. Watch hundreds of jellyfish pulsating in the water and in the distance, a crocodile glides shyly through the water, the only proof of his presence, a blue glowing streak!
Cave Tubing and Zipline
Wander in the footsteps of the ancients through ceremonial caves. Marvel at ancient pottery and artifacts from a bygone civilization. Drift through caves and down a lazy river in the rain forest or soar like an eagle on the zipline making your way through trees and caves. An adventure awaits you around every corner!