Belize, the Adventure Capital of the World
As far as Central American destinations go, Belize is rather unique. This small nation has some of the most incredible attractions in the world in terms of animals, marine life, natural landmarks, artifacts and culture.
Leading Belize adventures since 1987, Island Expeditions can help you customize itineraries to get a variety of the most popular experiences in the country.
The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the best sites in the region. It’s a 300-kilometer (or 186-mile) section of the larger Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System that spans from Cancun, Mexico all the way to Honduras. The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the most popular destinations in the country, and it sees over a quarter of a million visitors each year. The reef hosts over 100 species of hard and soft coral, 500 species of fish as well as several species of turtles, sharks and manatees.
Island Expeditions offer a variety of standard and customized trip packages to the Belize Barrier Reef.
Belize is also famous for its extensive cave systems, and tours of the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (aka ATM) are very popular. The ATM is a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) long cave in the northern part of the Maya Mountains. Tours of the ATM are quite intense as they involve walking, climbing, swimming and navigating through the seemingly endless darkness inside the cave.
Island Expeditions offer tours to a variety of caves in Belize including the ATM and the River of Caves which allows you the chance to witness the natural formations of caves as well as Mayan artifacts.
The Great Blue Hole is one of Central America’s most well-known sites, and it’s known to some as a diver’s paradise. The large sinkhole was formed thousands of years ago by glaciers, and divers can go as deep as 130 feet (or 40 meters). Its unique features and biodiversity give it the prestige of being one of the top wonders of the world. The site hosts hundreds of species of fish and even various sharks.
Island Expedition guests often choose how they want to arrive here, and many utilize the snorkeling and SCUBA lessons gained from their trainers.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
In addition to just visiting the reef, it’s common for visitors to snorkel and dive in Belize. Snorkeling and diving tours are available to help you navigate the area and identify corals, stingrays, turtles and other marine life. In the past, local fishermen would clean up their findings inside the reef. This led to an increase in nurse sharks and stingrays hanging about to get the scraps that were thrown into the water. You can SCUBA dive to see these animals closely (and gain a great story to tell) as they are basically harmless to humans.
There are also popular sport activities that take place away from the shore. Cave tubing as a land activity is one of the most popular in the country. The Island Expeditions excursion takes you through the Darknight Cave system that includes ancient Mayan relics, clay whistles, pots and other fossilized items. It’s combined with five nights at Glover’s Reef.
Other popular excursions offered by Island Expeditions include waterfall rappelling and zip lining at Bocawina National Park.
History and Culture
San Ignacio is a great place to experience the diverse culture of Belize as it features a blend of Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo and expatriate populations. You gain the chance to interact with and learn from various groups from the region in addition to trying the culturally-blended cuisine.San Ignacio also serves as a place for jungle exploration. You have access to the Xunantunich Mayan ruins and Caracol Maya temple, and you can take an overnight adventure to Guatemala to visit Tikal National Park. Traveling with your guide allows you to learn the important historical facts about these sites, and you can even explore some areas on horseback.
If you want to get a truly adventurous experience, let Island Expeditions take care of you from start to finish. Since the 80’s, Island Expeditions has created stimulating and exciting trips filled with various combinations of sport and history itineraries with guided instruction and interaction with the local culture and surroundings.