Vacations can often become checklists. Marking off the important historical landmarks you’ve visited becomes a task, and travelers feel pressure to absorb as much “culture” as possible to justify the cost of their trip. But culture isn’t about the memories of the dead. It’s about living, breathing history. That’s something that Hopkins has in spades. Widely regarded as the “friendliest village in Belize”, Hopkins is the perfect launching point for Belize adventures due to its intimate atmosphere and its centralized location.
There’s no shortage of activities accessible from this little village and below are some of the top things to see and do.
Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve
Hopkins Village is hospitable and friendly, but it’s also remote. If you’re looking to get in touch with the natural world, this is the place to do it, and that’s perfectly typified by the nearby Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve. This stretch of wilderness is the only jaguar conservation project in the world, and it’s home to 200 of these lean and lethal felines. Tours through the preserve include a lunch and a swim at the foot of a gorgeous and imposing waterfall.
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
Belize is renowned throughout the world for its beautiful and expansive network of caves, and there’s no caverns more famous in the area than Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (ATM Cave). The ATM Cave is an archaeological site that’s revealed expansive ceramics, stoneware, and bones from the Maya empire, but it’s equally well known for its natural beauty. Discovery Channel ranked it as the number one sacred cave in the world, and our tours can provide you with a safe and immersive journey into its depths.