The Maya believed caves were the Underworld, and as such, they were
regarded as the most sacred places. Today, cave explorers can still see
Mayan artifacts, like 1,200-year-old pottery shards and skeletal
remains. There are also spectacular formations to see and chambers
to explore. Some of Belize's caves are accessible only by water, or
require an adventurous jungle hike to reach.
Hiking, mountain biking
Choose from a variety of trails that run through national parks,
archaeological sites and resorts. Caves, waterfalls, Maya ruins and
rivers are all part of the trail experience. Wildlife and tropical bird
sightings are common, with butterflies and tropical flowers that dot
the landscape. Mountain bikers can choose challenging trails or easier
ones that follow jungle roads and wind through friendly villages.
Take a guided tour by horseback over trails through rainforest and
Soar above the jungle canopy, secured safely by cable and pulley
equipment suspended high above the ground.or glide along the river
on an inner tube, through a series of unique cave formations. Ziplining
employs a series of cables and platforms suspended over the rainforest
treetops, allowing you to slide via harness and pulley from one station
to the next. Cave tubing is both exciting and educational; experienced
guides will lead you through a series of caverns to view some of
Belize's unique natural rock formations. One of Belize's most popular
adventure excursions is pairing the activities of cave tubing and
ziplining, but these activities can also be enjoyed separately.
Nighttime jungle/rainforest tours
Some resorts offer guided tours to experience the jungle at night, the
peak of wildlife activity.
Belize offers some of the world's most spectacular fishing in its
abundant waters for any level of angling experience, from freshwater
fly and spincast fishing to deep-sea fishing.
Look to the reef to catch groupers, snappers, jacks, and barracudas.
Marlin and sailfish migrate just outside the barrier reef in the spring
and the fall. In the flats and back reef, you'll find permit, tarpon,
snook, yellowtail snapper, barracuda and bonefish.
Belize's rivers and estuaries are good for snook, tarpon, bonefish and
snapper. Southern Belize, near Placencia and Dangriga, also provides
world-renowned fly fishing in the flats for permit, tarpon and
bonefish. The lagoon offers recreational fishing where 400- to 500-
pound jewelfish have been noted. Troll inside the reef for snapper,
tuna, grouper and mackerel.