Belize’s combination of lush jungles, vibrant eco-systems and exotic wildlife species, makes it a fantastic destination to consider for eco-adventure travel. Because 40 percent of the country is under some form of legal protection, hikers in Belize can see nature’s unspoiled beauty at its best. The country offers stunning hiking trails, throughout various regions and rare plant species.
Known as the epicenter of the ancient Maya world, Belize was once home to more than 2 million Mayas. Sacred temples, pyramids, advanced science, agriculture, mathematics, palaces, and awesome structures are their legacy. Without the use of iron or the wheel, the civilization reached its zenith at the time when Europe was in the Dark Ages.
Belize is home to some 618 species of indigenous and migratory birds. With varied ecosystems ranging from coastal mangroves and swamps; to isolated barrier-reef cayes; to dense tropical rainforests and clear, open savannahs, Belize is a wonderful destination for avid bird-watchers and amateurs alike.
Home to the second largest coral reef in the world, and sprawling along 300km of pristine coastline, the majestic Belize Barrier Reef is a spectacle that attracts thousands of scuba divers every year to the country of Belize. The reef has a multitude of exquisite diving spots for both novices and the more experienced.
Those not looking to brave the waters of the deep, can enjoy a leisurely snorkel along many of the shallow coral beds off any one of the well-known dive spots. The warm, turquoise waters, colorful coral and sponge species, and the beautiful array of tropical fish, crustaceans and cephalopods, provide for an underwater fantasy.
With Belize having such a unique coastline along with over 400 Cayes, as an expert sailor, you will be challenged by stiff winds, strong currents and the turquoise waters of Belize Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can set course for a leisurely sail along the coast and navigate the many river inlets and lagoons.
Belize is home to some of the best fishing in the Caribbean offering anglers river fishing, fly fishing and deep-sea fishing. The Belize Barrier Reef has miles of pristine coral flats and offers extraordinary fishing; attracting more than just your average fisherman.
Kayakers can choose to paddle the Cayes around the Belize Barrier Reef, or explore the intricate coastal inlets and rivers where the giant mangroves flourish. For any outdoor enthusiast, river kayaking under the mangroves is a once in a lifetime experience.
In the tropical rainforests of western Belize lies some of the best cave tubing networks. At the No Hoch Chen national park, you can get to experience cave tubing at its finest. These limestone caves are easily accessible while floating on tubes.