The Top Eco Adventures in Belize
Belize is rapidly gaining a reputation as a great place to enjoy eco-adventures, outdoor activities that respect the local environment. Belize was the first country in Central America to establish a protected marine conservation area, and its enormous offshore reef was recently upgraded from endangered to healthy by the United Nations.
If you’re looking for some sustainable, eco-friendly fun in Belize, here are some great options:
Ancient Maya Cities and Caves
Belize was once the beating heart of the ancient Maya culture, and more than 600 ancient Maya sites have been discovered. Ancient Maya eco-adventures include climbing to the top of the enormous structures in Xunantunich or Caracol as well as exploring the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave which was once used as a kind of “church” to perform sacred rituals.
Diving and Snorkeling
The Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A combination of clear waters, a bright white sandy seafloor, and the enormous variety of marine life along the reef make it a popular destination for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Nature Trails and Waterfalls
More than half of Belize’s mainland is pristine jungle or tropical rainforest, making the country an excellent place to hike. Whether it’s an easy hike through a botanical garden or a hard trek through the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in an attempt to climb Victoria Peak, the second-highest point of land in Belize, there are hiking opportunities for everyone. And Belize is home to hundreds of waterfalls, ranging from small cascades to 1,000-Foot Falls (actually 1,600 feet high), the tallest waterfall in Belize.
Canoeing, Kayaking, and Paddleboarding
Even if you’ve never tried canoeing, sea kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) before, Belize is a great place to start. There are quiet river estuaries, lagoons, and lazy jungle rivers ideal for getting out on the water all up and down the length of Belize.
With more than 600 species recorded, Belize is one of the best places in the world to spot birds, including rare species like the enormous Jabiru stork or the yellow-headed parrot. The Audobon Society is very active in Belize and manages several birding areas, including the Crooked Tree Village Wildlife Sanctuary.
No visit to Belize is complete without trying cave tubing. Using an inner tube, participants get to float down underground rivers that pass through vast cave systems.
Travelers interested in participating in any or all of these eco-adventures can book their tours with Adventures in Belize.