The beautiful Central American nation of Belize offers plenty of majestic vistas and landscapes. From its pristine beaches to its untouched jungles, the entire country is truly a sight to behold.
The Orange Walk District is undoubtedly one of the best examples of Belize’s natural beauty. Otherwise known as “Sugar City,” this picturesque region is located about an hour from Belize City and 30 miles from Corozal Town. The area is inhabited by more than 40,000 people, making it the third most populous district in the country. Due to the Mexican influence in the region, Spanish and Creole are the most commonly spoken languages in the Orange Walk District.
For visitors to the Orange Walk District, there is plenty to see and do. The ancient Maya ruins at Lamanai and Cuello are always particularly popular. At these historic sites, travelers can immerse themselves in the Maya culture and get an up-close look at how the Maya people lived and worshipped.
The storied history of the Orange Walk District does not stop there, however. It is also home to two 19th century forts. It is believed that Fort Cairns and Fort Mundy were erected by the British Honduras West India Regiment after battles with the locals. Both sites can still be visited today.
Of course, the Orange Walk District is also famous for its vast expanses of untouched jungle. Travelers to the region can go on an adventure into the wilderness in search of a cascading waterfall or a rare bird. In fact, the region’s jungles are home to more than 400 different species of birds – making it the perfect place to relax with a journal and some binoculars.
The Orange Walk District’s abundance of trees made it an ideal location to set up a logging operation – which is exactly what the locals did until the late 19th century. They would cut down trees and float the timber down the New River and on to Belize City where it was then exported to other regions of the world.
Though travelers to Belize have no shortage of superb options to choose from when picking out the best places to visit during their vacation, the Orange Walk District should sit near the top of every list. Its combination of stunning natural beauty and historic sites makes it the perfect place to take in just about everything Belize has to offer.