Orange Walk Town is the fourth largest town in Belize and is located 53 miles north of Belize City. The town is known for its diversity and visitors come to explore Mayan sites like Cuello and Lamanai (pictured above) and a variety of other natural parks.
Orange Walk Town is an excellent place to stop when travelling to Mexico from Belize. One of the top hotels to stay in Orange Walk Town is the fabulous El Gran Mestizo Hotel which is strategically located on the historic New River, just eight minutes from downtown.
If you are looking for ideas on what to do once you are in Orange Walk Town, below are our top 9 favorite things we recommend.
The Top Things to See and do in Orange Walk
Altun Ha – This is one of Belize’s most popular tourist attractions where you’ll find the largest ancient pyramid, the Temple of the Masonry Altars. The Temple is 54 feet tall and dates back to the 7th Century. Climb to the top for a spectacular view!
Shipstern Nature Reserve – With more than 27,000 protected acres, this nature reserve is home to wetlands, lagoons, and tropical forests. All five cat species, along with the endangered Baird’s Tapir and over 300 species of birds are found here.
Cuello – Cuello is the oldest Mayan site found in Belize. To see this magnificent relic, you’ll need permission from the Cuello family as it’s located on their own private land.
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary – If you enjoy birdwatching, then you’ll love the sanctuary! Located on 25 square miles, you’ll see over 286 species of birds in their natural habitat of swamps, lagoons, and waterways.
Lamanai – It’s one of Belize’s largest ceremonial centers and means “submerged crocodile”. Found on the New River, the 24 miles of Mayan relics is filled with wildlife, birds, and beautiful scenery. Some of the ruins are: temples, plazas, colonial structures, and a visitor’s center. There is also a colonial sugar mill and the remnants of two 16th century Spanish churches.
Mennonite Communities – Orange Walk is known for its Mennonite communities. It’s not uncommon to find farmers with their horse-drawn carriages here.
La Inmaculada Church – Located in the center of town, this Spanish colonial church is a reminder of the influence the Spaniards had in Belize’s history.
Rio Bravo Conservation & Management Area – The area of Rio Bravo is 4% of Belize’s land area and is a protected rainforest. It’s not unusual to see jaguars, toucans, iguanas, and over 400 species of birds living here.
La Milpa – This is the third largest archeological reserve in Belize. At least 85 major structures and 24 plazas have been identified.
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