The Pristine Rivers of the Belizean Rainforest

One of the most popular trends in vacations these days is known as adventure tourism. Instead of vegging out in a luxury hotel or spending the entire vacation lounging by the beach, adventure tourism allows visitors to explore some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world while minimizing their impact on the environment.

Belize, where more than half the country is a protected conservation area, national park, or wildlife sanctuary, is the perfect place to enjoy adventure tourism. And few experiences can compare to navigating one of Belize’s pristine rivers that snake their way through tropical rainforests teeming with colorful birds and exotic wildlife.

Every kind of river experience is available in Belize, including placid canoe expeditions to exhilarating whitewater courses that will push the limits of even the most experienced adventurers. In combination with expert guides who have spent their entire lives in the Belizean rainforest, Island Expeditions leads trips down some of the most beautiful rivers in the country.

For many adventure travelers, the scenic backdrop of Belize’s rainforest is just as exciting as navigating fast-moving currents. The Belize rainforest is home to an astonishing 500 different species of birds, exotic animals like black howler monkeys and jaguars, and is where hundreds of flowering plants bloom, including the black orchid, Belize’s national flower.

Island Expeditions specializes in multi-day explorations of the rainforest river systems of Belize. These thrilling adventures combine flat water canoeing, high-speed whitewater courses, and sections of river that pass underground through a long series of caves. When back on dry land, the expert Maya guides will also teach participants about the flora and fauna of Belize, including traditional medicinal compounds that are still used by local villagers today.

All of Island Expedition’s river tours are helmed by expert river guides with advanced safety training and extensive knowledge of rainforest bushcraft techniques. Island Expeditions has previously been chosen to lead nature tours for prestigious organizations such as the Audobon Society, the Belize Zoo, and National Geographic. Island Expedition’s river tours also include overnight stays in traditional villages and cultural exchanges, including learning how to cook traditional Maya foods like corn tortillas and chocolate.

If you’d like to explore the lush natural beauty of Belize’s rainforest, book your vacation with Island Expeditions. For more than 30 years, Island Expeditions has been taking travelers to the most beautiful, pristine spots on the Belizean mainland as well as the country’s hundreds of offshore islands.

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