THINGS TO DO IN BELIZE
LOBSTERFEST In June, kick off lobster season with Belize's annual Lobster Festival, held first in Placencia then on Caye Caulker. Each celebration lasts three days, and everyone from the villages comes out to celebrate. Whatever tourists who happen to be around reap the benefits of this spotlight on crustaceans. (Warning: napkins not included.) Lobsterfest Video / About Placencia village
MAYAN RUINS (JUNGLE) Belize has the highest concentration of Mayan Ruins in the World. With over 600 sites identified, several are close to the properties. Ancient Mayans, flourished from around 300 BC to 900 AD. Archaeologists estimate that 2,000,000 Mayans once lived in what is now Belize, which currently has a population of about 300,000. They built cities, palaces and pyramids with their own hands in the unwelcoming jungle. Their sacred colors are red, blue, yellow and green. The diverse species of tropical forests supplied the essentials. The rivers provided transportation and the limestone formations provided building blocks. Over a span of nearly 2,000 years, the Mayans developed a cosmology, an arithmetic system that included the concept of zero, a calendar system based on a comprehension of astronomy and a system of writing which included both hieroglyphics and phonetics. The Mayan civilizations were rediscovered by explorers in the 18th Century with more discovery still to come by archaeologists today. >>Mayan Ruins Recommended Trips: Nim Li Punit and Lubaatun to name several. Nim Li Punit (big hat) Lubaatun (place of fallen stones)
MONKEY RIVER Located in southern Belize near Placencia, this popular tour takes guests down the lagoon to Monkey River where they'll cruise up the river seeing many birds, tropical plants and trees. It might be possible to see a manatee or dolphin along the way. Then hike newly cut jungle paths to spot howler monkeys, iguanas, and more. It's an excellent combination of river life, rainforest, howler monkeys and a local village. You will see the famous Howler Monkeys, Iguanas, and maybe even a Crocodile or two along the river shore.
COMMUNITY BABBOON SACTUARY Located 30 miles northwest of Belize City, Community Baboon Sanctuary was founded in 1958 to protect the black howler monkey, locally known as the "baboon". The monkey is an endangered species found in Belize, southern Mexico, and isolated areas of Guatemala. A visitor center at the 20-square mile sanctuary features an educational jungle exhibit. Hiking trails crisscross the sanctuary. Guided trail walks allow visitors to experience monkeys up close. Canoe trips down the river to see monkeys, birds, and other wildlife such as iguanas, crocodiles, anteaters and turtles, can be arranged at the visitor center.
JAGUAR RESERVE The sanctuary and forest reserve is located in southern Belize, near Dangriga, below the Maya Mountains' Cockscomb Range. About 150 square miles are set aside to protect the jaguar population, as well as other plant and animal species. The reserve is also home to 290 species of birds. Just inside the gate is the Mayan Center, with slate carvings, baskets and other craft items for sale. The Jaguar, which is the third largest cat in the world behind the African Lion, has become the national eco-tourism symbol of Belize where it is prevalent.
JUNGLE EXCURSIONS Zip Line: Rainforest-Jungle Canopy Tour
CROOKED TREE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY The 3,000-acre sanctuary, located 33 miles northwest of Belize City, was established in 1984 to protect resident and migrant birds. One of the most noted residents is the jabiru stork, the largest flying bird in the Western Hemisphere. This sanctuary is also a refuge for other forms of wildlife such as black howler monkeys, crocodiles, coatimundi, turtles and iguanas.
BLUE HOLE NATIONAL PARK/St. Herman's Cave This popular recreation spot is on the Hummingbird Highway about 12 miles southeast of Belmopan. The pool, about 25 feet deep, is filled with turquoise waters that originate from St. Herman's Cave. Swimming is excellent here. Blue Hole National Park (the inland Blue Hole) is located about 12 miles southeast of Belmopan on the Hummingbird Highway. The park consists of 575 acres, full of forest with an abundance of flora and fauna. The Blue Hole itself is a sinkhole filled with water that is part of the underground Caves Branch Creek tributary, which then disappears below the surface as it flows to the Sibun River. The collapsed karst sinkhole is about 25 feet deep and roughly 300 feet in diameter with stunning turquoise water. The main enticements are the underground streams, rivers, sinkholes and the underground caves. There are also several great hiking trails within the park with many exotic species of birds to see along the way.Blue Hole park video
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