Top 5 Eco Attractions in Belize
Belize is rapidly becoming one of the premier eco-tourism destinations in the region. Mixing a gorgeous Caribbean coastline and hundreds of offshore islands with a diverse landscape of mountains, wetlands, rainforests, and jungle, the majesty and wonder of nature is all around you in Belize from the moment you step off the plane.
Below are 5 unique eco attractions that lure intrepid travelers to Belize:
Belize Barrier Reef
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Belize Barrier Reef is home to an astonishing diversity of colorful marine flora and fauna. Whether you’re interesting in kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, or simply relaxing on the beach, the islands and atolls of the reef have something for everyone.
Belize Ancient Maya Cities
The ancient Maya once dominated the region from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the north down to El Salvador in the south. Belize was strategically located in the heartland of their empire and is home to some of the most impressive Maya cities ever built. Visitors can explore soaring pyramids, mighty temples, and royal palaces that have survived for thousands of years.
Belize Cave System
The geological composition of Belize has resulted in thousands of caves, including many large underground structures used by the ancient Maya for their most sacred religious ceremonies. Believed to be portals between the world of humans and the world of the gods, caves like Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) and Barton Creek allow visitors to experience the unique culture of a bygone era.
Mayflower Bocawina National Park
Measuring more than 11 square miles in size, Mayflower Bocawina Park is the perfect destination for mountain hiking, refreshing dips in natural swimming holes, exploring small Maya sites, and marveling at majestic waterfalls.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Operated by the Audubon Society, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is an enormous trackless wilderness with landscapes ranging from rolling mountain hills to pristine wetlands. Cockscomb is also home to the world’s only dedicated jaguar preserve. Other wildlife in the park include tapirs (Belize’s national animal), deer, monkeys, amphibians, and birds. Visitors can enjoy day hikes or overnight stays in one of the last truly wild corners of the globe.
With well over a third of the country protected by national parks and nature reserves, Belize has a strong focus on sustainable and eco-friendly tourism. To discover more eco attractions in the country, book your trip to Belize today with Island Expeditions.
Founded in 1986 by adventure enthusiasts who wanted to share the beauty and excitement of Belize with visitors from around the world, Island Expeditions is the country’s premier adventure travel company.