Belize Makes Fodor’s Go List for 2018
Belize comes highly recommended in Fodor’s Go List 2018
The authors of Fodor’s Go List recognized Belize for its rich history, including an astonishing diversity of ancient Maya sites, many of which are actively being excavated by archeologists. In 2016, the largest Maya royal tomb ever discovered was found at the Maya site of Xunantunich in western Belize.
Fodor’s also highlighted Belize’s juxtaposition of being both a mainland Central American nation as well as having hundreds of offshore islands in the Caribbean, giving the country a special blend of cultures, rhythms, and lifestyles.
Fodor’s also highlighted Belize’s lush nature. As the country in Central America with the lowest population density, Belize was described as “untouched by the rest of the planet,” allowing visitors to truly experience nature at its finest.
The recommendation for Belize also included information for adventure travelers who can explore some of the extensive cave systems found throughout the country. One of those caves, Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM), lay untouched for over 1,000 years. Inside, archeologists discovered the remains of over a dozen human sacrificial victims, many of them young children.
Belize is located just south of Mexico on the Caribbean coast of Central America and can be reached in 2-5 hours’ flying time from the United States and Canada.
Belize’s offshore reef is the second-largest in the world and is a mecca for scuba diving, fishing, sailing, and snorkeling. The mainland is predominately rainforest and jungle, the majority of which is protected land in the form of a wilderness refuge, animal sanctuary, or national park.
Belize is home to some 500 different bird species, hundreds of flowering plant species, including orchids (the national flower), and exotic wildlife such as tapirs, endangered Morelet’s crocodiles, black howler monkeys, and jaguars.
A former English colony, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. Despite its low population (around 360,000 people), Belize is home to several distinct cultures, including descendants of the ancient Maya, the Creole, Mestizos, Chinese, East Indians, Garifuna, and German-speaking Mennonites.
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