Welcome to Belize

As colorful as the population of Belize is composed of different nations , so rich is the linguistic diversity. The official language is English, but is also spoken Creole, Spanish . Garifuna , Maya, and Plautdietsch – East Prussian Low German , the German -born Mennonites brought with them .

The native inhabitants, the indigenous people and the Maya, just make up around 40 percent of the population of Belize. Almost half is provided by the mestizos , half-breeds of indigenous and white Europeans , followed by Creoles , Garifuna ( ” Yamsesser ” ) – descendants of African slaves who intermarried with the inhabitants of the Caribbean coast, as well as minorities of German origin and Indians.

Another curiosity of Belize: Belmopan , the capital has only 8000 inhabitants, its predecessor Belize City which is economically far more important , about 70,000.

700 of about 23000 square kilometers of the state Belize is composed of small , coastal islands. The state is divided into six administrative districts .

The Mayan culture is one of the main attractions for tourists , such as Cuello in the remains of temples and residential buildings can be seen , which are evaluated archaeologically for decades. Belize has next to the origins of the Mayan culture on a colorful history , but also a history of oppression. Since the 16th Century under the rule of conquerors , Belize was initially managed and exploited by the Spanish Conquistadors . End of the 18th Century won the English in a sea battle an attractive colony. After all, here were tropical precious woods such as mahogany , as well as gold and silver to pick. These resources have been obtained with the help of slaves who eventually made ​​up the largest proportion of the population . The richness of Belize moved already to as a Spanish colony pirates and privateers .

Today oil discoveries make Belize interesting for investors. The population lives mainly from agriculture, forestry and fisheries . One in five of the 230,000 inhabitants are employed in this sector .

The development of Belize as a tourist attraction is sluggish , but just the patchy infrastructure makes the charm of this country from . Pleasant tropical temperatures between 20 and 40 degrees , uniquely beautiful diving spots in the world ‘s second largest coral reef and beaches without building giants of the major hotel chains are attracting more and more fans .

The range of possible activities is very large, and families. In addition to the water sports and the attractive dive sites await guests treks through the unique wooded landscape . The excavations at the sites of the Maya cultures lend themselves to educational travel .


The Central American Belize has with Mexico and Guatemala very interesting continental neighbors and the Caribbean is one of the most beautiful seas for its magnificent coastal region. Since 1981, Belize is an independent state and offers its international guests plenty of attractions .

While Belize does not cover much more area than the state of Hesse , a variety of interesting landscapes are combined here in a small space . In addition to Belize include numerous small offshore islands, of which there was a worldwide hit for Madonna’s ” La Isla Bonita ” godfather .

Belize’s northern mainland has a geological past as the seabed and is still quite flat. Currently impressed here with the bushveld a dense tropical forest , mature in the noble hardwoods .

The coastal area offers the natural history visitors interested either mangroves or a handsome stock of maple trees and cypresses, surrounded by areas of tussock .

Belize’s center is sandy and full of wide savannah and the native mountain formations . The Pine Ridge and Maya Mountains rise there on up to 1120 meters and the amounts of rain nourishes here numerous streams that feed the two main tributaries of the river Belize, Macal and Mopan rivers . The Maya Mountains are in the south of the country as a watershed that accompany the flow to the Caribbean. Before the adventurous backdrop of caves and rock outcroppings but finds not only the water its way back into the sea. With him fertile silt and clay come to the coastal region. In order for the valuable basis blooming citrus and banana plantations is created.

Belize south to impress with large areas real rainforest , whose breathtaking sight alone is worth a visit due to its tropical climate, literally .

The Caribbean invites the winds direction to Belize with moisture and heat , thus ensuring a pleasant feel-good climate with an average air temperature of just 26 degrees Celsius during the day. Even at night it is never colder than 16 degrees Celsius. During the rainy season (June to October) is for it to tolerate a certain sultriness .

Due to the different weather and climates, alternating between rainy and dry season and the mixture of mountains and plains Belize can offer the visitor a wide range of natural habitats of plants and animals for personal discovery. No fewer than 49 different forest species are native here .

The coastal area of ​​Belize has divers wonderful coral reefs to offer the loose in size and beauty can be measured with the Great Barrier Reef itself . There is also off the mainland more than 1000 small Caribbean islands, here Cayes hot and some are still valuable tourist tips.

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The capital city of Belmopan

Belmopan, Belize: Hibiscus on a fence

The capital city of Belmopan

Belmopan is centrally located in the Cayo District in the interior. The city owes its establishment of a natural disaster. A hurricane named Hattie devastated Belize City in 1961 , the previous capital . After several years of discussion we agree ultimately boils down to relocate the seat of government of the country. The risk of renewed destruction is just too big . 1970 then commenced about eighty kilometers from Belize City to build. Hurricane Secure accommodation included, so that people can find refuge should again sweep such a hurricane over the country. Nevertheless, only a few thousand people have settled in rather quiet Belmopan .

The cityscape is more manageable , but you can reach all important places within walking distance. Everything is planned and thought out , especially of green areas and trees there is no shortage . Independece Plaza marked the city center , so to speak . Here within you can do almost everything important . All major government buildings are located here , as well as the hospital, the post office and the University of Belize. On the nearby market bustle almost daily. It is sold pretty much everything you can imagine . At many levels you also get a delicious meal .

Since the city is still relatively young, there is to see in place hardly something historic for tourists here . If you like peace and tranquility , a room can book one of the hotels in Belmopan and then explore the surrounding area from here. By car you get , for example, within about one hour from Belmopan to Belize City or vice versa. Buses also ply between the two cities every hour.

Belmopan, Belize: Hibiscus on a fence

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secret center of Belize

Belize City Boats

Belize City is many things at once : the country’s largest city , business center and main port and provincial capital of the Belize District. A look at the history of the city of Belize City : Life Founder times ( about mid-17th century ) the city was called nor Belize Town. Until 1970 Belize City was even the capital of the country .

Anyone have more and know more precisely wants a big influence on important events in the country and its people over time and wrote the history of Belize, a visit to the museums in the city should not miss : The Museum of Belize takes you on a journey into history the country and the people who inhabited it . One learns how far handed the influence of Maya in this region and what treasures they have left to posterity . The Maritime Museum of interested visitors learn in exhibitions interesting facts about the themes sea, reefs and cayes and the Art Museum Image Factory provide local artists exhibit their works to the audience .

At the beginning of the 19th Century built by the settlers of British bricks an Anglican church . She was given the name of Saint John ‘s Cathedral. Throughout Central America, there are no older Anglican church . It was next to the church even at coronation ceremonies as a backdrop. Around the same time, the white government building was built in the colonial style. Both are in very good condition . The lighthouse at the harbor thanks to the generosity of Belize Baron Bliss . At the foot of the lighthouse , the British aristocracy is buried .

Another building worth seeing located at Haulover Creek. This river runs through the city and divides it into two sides : the Northside with nobler residential areas and hotels and the Southside, where playing the commercial and economic activity. A swing bridge spans the river , creating a path from one side of town to the other. It was built in the 1920s and is still operated by hand even today. Twice a day gives way to the bridge of the ship traffic and can happen hochmastige ships.

Cheers to Baron Bliss!

Every year on the 9th March in Belize City something extraordinary place : a regatta in honor of Baron Bliss . Who was this man and thus he has earned a national holiday ? Well, for the people of Belize , this man has a special significance . They buried him in Belize and even erected a monument to him in the city . The Englishman Baron Bliss (1869-1926) came to British Honduras ( called as the country in his time ) . It was sort of love at first sight , for he saw the mainland only from his ship . Before he could take a visit, died of British aristocrats .

His affection was enough even to the point that he left the country of Belize and its people a small fortune in the form of a trust fund ! Using these funds , numerous buildings and public facilities to be built. Throughout Belize one is still grateful to the benefactor and proves it by festivities throughout the country at his death every year anew the honor .

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Belize deep sea fishing

English: Saltwater Fly Fishing Guide Alec Grif...

The element of water is the basis for the holiday on the island of Belize, a small country bordering Mexico , Guatemala, and has to offer a Caribbean coastline in the east, also the longest coral reef in the world. To explore this , together with the 175 reef islands before Belize, yachts are available for charter , to get a taste of in the sport of sailing or for seasoned sailors. Also, catamarans and motor boats can be hired , for example, by anglers , because fishing is a passion which is indulged in Belize by locals and tourists alike. And that has spread among travelers .

Thanks to its tropical climate and the 300 -meter-long reef fish diversity is very large, from barracuda and triggerfish over rainbow mackerel and grouper to tarpon, further out, tuna , sailfish , bonito and pompano, which is very hard to catch . But not only at sea , even in the many rivers of the island and in the shallow water anglers find their territories . A season there due to the year-round climate is not constant , yet there are weddings which includes almost all species of fish can be found , as before the winter , several days of cold front and May to July. Boats can be rented at any time of year , the fishing guides know the associated fishing conditions, even for glass perch, Cuberaschnapper and jewfish .

The tarpon example migrates as a larva in the dam waters than juveniles into the sea , and then throughout the year can be found in fresh water.

There are also packages for anglers. You can find accommodation in the fishing resorts and lodges in Belize or the offshore islands . In the flats the fish are biting at the fly fishermen . Desirability is primarily the tarpon, which brings between 50 and 100 pounds on the scale. Also fishing grounds for the easy -to-catch fish woman know the fishing guide . In the south of the permit is to find the happy staying at the reef edge . Waiting for fly fishing barracuda or trevally on the sea.

Prior to the Charter of the boat or going on a trip Pact for anglers, an introductory course should be an experienced fishing guide . There are also tips for capturing nocturnal fish like the horror snapper. The swampy mangrove forests are the target of anglers .

An introduction by a fishing guide is also therefore makes sense because it gives valuable tips like the fish diversity is to be preserved. After all, some areas have been recognized as marine reserves . To avoid overfishing certain species should be protected or released after the catch. Likewise, tourists are admonished for their meals to catch just as much fish as necessary. The current Directives know the fishing guide, the guides , or even the local angling clubs .

For anglers , Belize is similar for the divers paradise. Belize has spoken a little- fishing friends around long . The lack of large hotel chains, small – to medium -priced hotels and inns allow the hobby on the Caribbean coast and leisure travelers on a budget .

For Fishing is also enjoying . The guides not only know which fish at what time where to find and how to bring him to bite , also know as the catch is tasty recipes to prepare. Often one of the conditions under which a guide is also booked to give him a share of the catch for dinner.

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Belize Land of the Maya

Altun Ha, Mayan temple Belize.

Past civilizations have always had a special fascination for me . The magic touch of mysterious story blowing me again and again , if I can see the mysterious relics of bygone days or , with luck , sometimes even allowed to touch . That’s why I ‘ve always wanted to travel to Belize . It was my dream to see in my life with my own eyes what ‘s left of the legendary Maya. And that I have can finally fulfill that dream.

Belize received me with bright blue skies and sunshine. Since I mostly wanted to spend here with a visit to the Mayan ruins my time , I had chosen the winter dry season, this tropical paradise as a personal visit time . Although the cost a total of a little more money , but some Mayan facilities would not have been accessible during the rainy season. And I finally wanted to miss nothing , just to save the wrong place to be able to .

My accommodation was basic but clean and comfortable and I found there everything that I needed. Finally, I wanted to here also do not reside , but only to sleep , make me fresh and change your clothes. My chinos, T -shirts and fresh underwear were quickly stowed away in the closet. Of course, I had also taken a hat that not only a daring resemblance to Indiana Jones gave me , but also to protect myself with my excursions on the trail of the Maya from sunburn . And a backpack I had taken in order to have a self-catering my rations at hand at the man can .

When a licensed organizer I had booked a tour to the ruins of Altun Ha for the next day . Here wont the Maya hold their ceremonies and this place has become like since its re-discovery by particularly intensive excavations for curious hobby historians me back quite easily accessible. Amazement and awe I walked through the impressive streets and the two main plazas and looked at it fascinated the convincing of great craftsmanship manner with which the Maya have used their building materials. The numerous temples and dwellings , which are remarkably well preserved even today, gave me a touching picture of the life that once flourished here must have .

On a visit to the ruins of Caracol I was particularly pleased me, because it was not so easy to get a permission to visit . All you need is an official official permit and then must still have additionally lucky enough to get one of the few coveted seats on the visitors list. Fortunately, my tour operator had been able to take care of everything and my new adventure , nothing stood in the way.

Even the trip to the ruins of Caracol was a sensation . Although I have as a pampered Europeans an entirely different idea of ​​a paved road , as is the case in Belize, but the fantastic scenery reconciled me with every single pothole. All one can say about the colorful beauty of the tropics, I have seen during this bumpy ride. The rain forest that surrounds Caracol , houses countless plants and animals and is of wild untamed splendor. And the sight of the over 40 meter high pyramid ” Canaa ” at the end of the journey compensated me not only for all of the effort , but let me forget completely . This sublime testimony of earlier architectural art is, as far as I know, still the tallest artificial structure in Belize. This system is really uniquely beautiful and literally breathtaking.

The ruins of Cerros were next on my list. Since I had chosen the dry season , I was able to enjoy a land there , the past led me to a few small villages and a wonderful lagoon. Arriving at my destination I explored amazement the three major citadels , the mighty plazas and pyramids flanking the plant. And of course I let me not miss the sensational view that presents itself there on a 20 meter high walk- building.

The next day I had the imposing ruins of Lamanai on the program. Here, the Maya have over 3000 years continuously lived and held their ceremonies regularly. Nestled in a lush tropical rainforest plant the proud lay there and rewarded me after I had climbed the towering temple complex bravely , with an absolutely terrific views . Although I had seen at that time a lot and experienced, I have to say that I had never felt so much the presence of the Maya as here , high on the temple , in the face of the whole tropical abundance .

Coming to Lubaantun was not so easy, but I had opened a good tour operator who could arrange everything necessary for me. And it really was a very unique experience that no fewer than 11 major complexes and their five main plazas full of explorers urge to fathom. Particularly impressed me here was the unusual design. The workers there at the time used no mortar , but the individual bricks aligned so perfectly and assembled that the buildings could withstand the test of time without any binder. An absolutely sensational cultural achievement , I think.

The ruins of Xunantunich should be the last stop of my personal adventure through the ancient quasi Belize . Here are my grades were called as ” mountain goat ” because there during the almost two kilometers from where the ferry port , up to the system one at times quite toxic slope . But I knew that would compensate me for all the abundant rise torments these ruins .

Xunantunich presented me with six major plazas and more than 25 state buildings , ie palaces and temples . On the southern edge of the pyramid El Castillo rises to 40 meters in height. I thought that was very impressive , even if Canaa lies there on points clearly ahead .

With your head full of exciting new experiences and a suitcase full of sweaty laundry , I finally joined physically exhausted , but overjoyed at my much too quickly induce Come home. I had no photos taken . The Maya and the remaining silent mystery of her past will be from now on a vital part of my very own wonderful memories of Belize .

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Windsurfing in Belize

The wind this trip was too stiff for diving, b...

Surfin ‘ USA – this need not be in Hawaii or California. An El Dorado for water sports is also Belize , a jewel in the triangle between Guatemala , Mexico and the Caribbean coast .

Act like a true windsurfer drop everything and lie when wind velocity and direction are correct. To deal with the forces of nature wind and water apart, can have an intoxicating effect . So it is no wonder that the Central American vacationers paradise Belize was also discovered by surfers spots like Caye Caulker also attract those who want to get to know the board.

Onshore winds provide security for those who test first time whether they get along with board and sail . Anyone venturing further , can look forward to head-high waves and swish across the water from February to April on wind speeds the board. Rounder in May may expect up to 30 knots. September to January is the season for hurricanes, surf freaks wait even at this time days with high winds over to the kick on the waves to look for.

Tropical temperatures make surfing in Belize pleasant and avoid wearing Thermopen suits. A unique experience – with luck – the escort of dolphins. An equally special attraction is the view through the clear water on reefs and colorful fish diversity. As the Windsurfing Magazine wrote : In Belize you surf like in an aquarium.

In Belize all-inclusive packages with accommodation, meals and a loan of surfing equipment including transfer offered to best practice districts as well as courses for the whole family . Belize offers the shallow water, and the already mentioned onshore winds – do not let the surfer drifting on the open sea but in the direction of the country – ideal conditions in districts beginners as Ambergris Caye . The reef protects the coastal regions from protective.

Certified instructors teach beginners and advanced customization . Some theory is this necessary as well as the analysis of videos. But it is also common on the water. Under the expert guidance can be trained on the board here first the balance.

Courses are available in Surf schools such as the German ” Windschief ” surf school, known locally as ” wind Chief” . In addition to rental equipment and expert advice is available in Surf schools and recommendations for areas . Insiders know the thermals of the peninsula properly assess and exploit them. The Gulf of Mexico offers some surprises. However, insiders recommend those surfers who are looking for the really big challenges , rather areas like Hawaii . Even boards for surfing without a sail can be hired.

Some surf schools have lodges with inexpensive , comfortable accommodation . After romping in the water should again gain the upper hand Caribbean serenity. After sunset, wait bars and restaurants where you can let pass the experience on the water Revue .

Who from surfing enough can also try kayaking , scuba diving , kite boarding or sailing : Water is very important in Belize . Deserted areas and unspoiled nature in large tracts of land make the peninsula to a surfer’s paradise .

And not just on the water. Surfing is a way of life to which the maxim in Belize ” Go Slow ” best fit . As long as the sun, wind and waves are present , everything must go a little more casual . Caribbean flat.

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Orange Walk Town along the New River

English: Orange Walk town, Belize

Orange Walk Town , on the banks of the New River , is Belize’s second largest city . Settlers have been around a very long time in this area. First, the Maya many centuries lived here and later , starting around the mid-16th Century European settlers arrived in this region of Belize. Just as Corozal Town Orange Walk Town has emerged as a settlement of refugees from Mexico.

A special attraction in the area of Orange Walk Town is the imposing and important Mayan ruins of Lamanai . To get there , the waterway on the New River offers . Enjoy the ride in the boat and let the views of the Belizean landscape slide . Experience the flora and fauna of Belize , you see enough of the magnificent colors of the jungle.

After a while, ride the river empties into the New River Lagoon . This lagoon is approximately fifty kilometers long and thus the largest in Belize. Even from the shore you can see some buildings of the Maya. Lamanai , which translates in German means as much as ” abgetauchtes Crocodile” , one of the largest Mayan facilities of its kind in all of Belize . It is estimated that up to 50,000 people lived here . The huge main temple in Lamanai comes from the so-called Präklassik the Mayan culture. This ranges from about 2000 BC to 250 BC, a small museum on site are issued in the various artefacts from all periods of the Mayan culture. The entire area is now under protection , which is also the rain forest and the wildlife comes in addition to the archaeological treasures benefit . Keep your eyes open, you might discover one of the shy forest dwellers ! If you like , you can swim in the New River Lagoon .

The Rio Bravo conservation area and its treasures

The Rio Bravo Conservation Area is a huge nature reserve , about an hour’s drive from Orange Walk Town . Many thousands of acres of forest land have a variety of animals habitat. Above all, the stocks of wild cats and tapirs are particularly high in this reserve and remain fairly constant, since hunting is hardly or not longer allowed. In the treetops of mahogany trees , cedars and other giant trees cavort over 200 different bird species, but also monkeys and other animals . Over 100 species of orchids grow in the Rio Bravo Conservation Area. It relies on sustainable ecotourism to introduce visitors to the vulnerable nature and its diversity.

As a visitor you have the opportunity to participate in guided jungle tours , exploring nature trails and visit Mayan sites . In the midst of the protected area are in fact present countless Mayan ruins. It is believed that many remnants of the Mayan time have so far remained undiscovered . The most famous Mayan site here is probably La Milpa .

La Milpa was discovered in the 1930s. Of course, here are pyramids – some of them extend more than 20 feet in the air . The archaeologists believe that in the north of La Milpa is the part where the people lived . In the south, the buildings are laid out rather closed. Presumably, the rulers resided . Today, large parts of the former Mayan city are overgrown by jungle.

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Belize Tours – Part 1

Big Rock Fall, Privassion Creek, Belize


The location of the island between the Caribbean coast of Belize , Guatemala and Mexico entices round trips to a variety of landscapes and cultures. The eventful history of Belize to return to the Mayan time makes it particularly rewarding study trips . Vast rain forests, waterfalls and Caribbean beaches are one side of the island, ruins of Mayan temples and residential buildings the other.

Individualists come with a mix of car hire and charter flights at their expense , to discover on your own Belize and the surrounding countries . Thus, a balanced program can be compiled as desired .

For a round trip in Belize Caracol and Lamanai are on the list of archaeological sites to delve here into the history of the Maya. Botanically interested should the Panti Medicinal Trail schedule on which the fauna of Belize is explained. Nearby is the Che Chem Ha cave is located . Excursions in the woods can be explored on horseback , this has the advantage that you get close to wildlife zoom comes because of the smell of horses covered the people . In addition, the Rocked offers are by nature time to adjust to the rhythm of nature and people in a tropical country . Waterfalls such as the nature reserve Mountain Pine Ridge are also a refreshing sight as the natural pools of the river Rio Frio ideal opportunity to cool off on the trip. Likewise, in the underground river of inland Blue Hole on the Hummingbird Highway – a unique nature experience.

Tours in Belize will always find some place on the water. This includes exploring by canoe into the cave of Barton Creek as sailing trips to the most attractive diving areas . The coral reefs are a must , but whoever does takes the plunge into the diving, can admire the colorful variety of fish species also while snorkeling . For daily planning a trip should be on a small island belonging to Belize .

Provides variety from which to explore the borderland , for example on a three-country tour on Maya. After the start in Mexico, from Cancun to Chetumal. The Mayan museum in the port of export for precious wood , provides an introduction to the culture of the indigenous people and is the largest of the so-called Mayan Riviera. In eight departments, it provides an outline of the present knowledge on the Maya.

In neighboring Belize , a settlement of the Maya can be seen at Altun Ha , next to the zoo with the Tropical Education Center, the butterfly house and the jungle trail and overnight at Djungle Lodge, the border crossing to Guatemala can be scheduled , the Mayan city of Tikal.

Just as the river Rio Hondo Belize from Mexico separates , is the Usumacinta between Mexico and Guatemala. By boat you can reach here Yaxchilan , another Mayan site . About Uxmal it goes back to Cancun.

Chichén Itzá , since 1988 a World Heritage Site , a temple town in the Yucatan Peninsula with a turbulent history and the appropriate ending to a journey through the ancient culture is because here the phrase had taken place with the importance of the Maya wore off and their civilization ended . In addition to the pyramid of Kulkután and the nuns house especially the Ball court is known.

From Belize from tours to Guatemala and Nicaragua are well organized. To get to know another way to land and people , traveling by public buses of the island. Especially for backpackers can be scheduled so spontaneous and flexible destinations , also taking account of advice of the locals.

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History of Belize

From the Maya to the

Belize City, Belize

Belize City, Belize (Photo credit: Hickatee)

European settlers

Belize was not always Belize . Long the land was known as British Honduras, and a colony of the British Empire . Only anno 1973 it received its present name and some ten years later, Belize became independent. However, we first take a look into the past.

The history of Belize dates back far . For many centuries, the Maya are located in Belize . Bear testimony of numerous ruins of cities and temples of the Maya – scattered throughout the country. A small number of descendants of these people still live in Belize .

In the mid-17th Century then begin the Europeans to colonize the country. As an incentive, they look especially profit by trading in logwood, which can be beaten here . The coloring properties of this woody plant is known in Europe since the 16th Century. Therefore, it was in high demand as a dye for wool. But the precious exotic mahogany wood ship the settlers in the home. On the history of Belize at this time also include pirate . The privateers are focused on the island of St. George ‘s Caye domesticated one . Here they return when they finish their Plünderfahrten in the Caribbean waters . On the charges of the Spanish and British ships have targeted the pirates ! British and Spanish settlers have long time fierce battles for supremacy in Belize. End of the 18th Century then win the British an important victory against the Spaniards in the Battle of St. George ‘s Caye . In this battle ships from the UK, the Spanish fleet were far superior .

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Belize Adventure Tours



Belize Adventure Tours Are A Great Vacation Option


Do you want to do something a little more adventurous on your next vacation ?  Want to travel to a place where you can see and experience things you cannot do anywhere else in the world ?  Well, if you do you should really keep reading as we are going to share with you some pretty cool options for you.


The country of Belize is an amazingly beautiful country with some of the best options for eco friendly and adventure excursions.  The country contains some absolutely spectacular Mayan Ruins, rainforest, and reef.  The entire country is a natural world wonder that has captured the attention of individuals of all ages and from all walks of life. It has an unrivaled ecosystem, and each year travelers are surprised at how much they find in this intriguing area of the world.  It is exactly for this reason that Belize adventure tours are becoming more popular each year among tourists from across the globe.


As you may or may not know, rainforests are essential to the world’s air quality, and water supply.  Studies have also shown that it may even have an effect on changes in weather.  In addition, the average person is not aware of the diverse types of wildlife and fauna that exist only in a rainforest setting.  They also don’t realize how beautiful it is.


The country of Belize may be the founder of the concept of “eco tourism” long before it became popular amongst main stream culture.  Belize is the “real deal” when it comes to experiencing a true Central American eco adventure.


Many people find the serenity and quietness that are characteristic features of Belize appealing. Here, a person can also examine the numerous plant species found in the area, see and hear howler monkeys playing, and breathe oxygen enriched air that will likely make him or her feel a burst of energy.


Late spring and early summer are the best times to travel to the area if one is interested in a traditional tour. However, certain visitors would rather experience the country between February and April.  Whether it is Hiking through the quiet forest, exploring ancient Mayan ruins, or Snorkeling and Kayaking over the beautiful barrier reef.


Organizing a trip of this type can be somewhat overwhelming as it is difficult to choose from such a broad range of options. For instance, you can choose from a conventional getaway package that includes a three day tour (which will be quite rushed) that includes a day in the rainforest, a day exploring ruins, and a day on the coast.  We recommend A lengthier tour which isn’t so rushed, and includes accommodations in a resort or hotel as a home base.   If you are planning on doing a lot of exploring there is no need to go crazy with your accommodations as most of your time will be spent outdoors.


Another intriguing option for those planning to visit the Amazon is a riverboat tour. The latter is interesting and fun way to experience all the area has to offer. One usually sleeps on board, and throughout the day rolls along the river where the surrounding scenery and wildlife can be enjoyed. The riverboat typically makes multiple stops along the way. Trips of this kind generally last 5 to 10 days.

Corozal, Belize

Corozal, Belize (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tours that involve sport fishing and tree climbing are also quite popular among those interested in Amazonian getaways. They can be arranged as a one-day outing, or they may be part of a boat or lodge tour. Anyone who enjoys physical activity or sports will find that this is a great option.


Over the past decade, hiking tours have become more popular than ever before. This is likely because hiking through the Rain Forest is an excellent way to experience all the characteristics that make this area unique. Participants on such tours frequently get to converse with local residents and learn about their native culture.


Most people who embark upon Amazon adventure tours dedicate a minimum of seven days for their trip. Visitors who have more time are wise to consider dividing their vacation among different regions of the basin. Such arrangements can be made online or through a local travel agent. Regardless of each traveler’s individual objectives, a trip to this spectacular part of the world will be an unforgettable event.


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Corozal Town in the north of Belize

Corozal, Belize

Corozal, Belize (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Corozal Town is located in the north of the country , right on the coast . Middle of the 19th Century settled refugees in the region. They fled before the war happening on the Yucatán Peninsula. The so-called box war dragged on from 1847 to 1901 . Many Maya and Mestizos left for fear of the troops mexinanischen the country over the Rio Hondo . Against this historical background, it is clear: To talk with the locals in Corozal Town , should master the Spanish language halfway . Because the majority of residents of Corozal Town speaks Spanish. In addition to the language and their few belongings , the new settlers brought with them , of course, their cultural and religious peculiarities with – and keep them upright until today. This is visible every day in the city, hear and feel .

In September 1955, a natural disaster is to: Hurricane Janet . The cyclone devastated Corozal Town almost entirely . From the old buildings is hardly anything healing . Clay and wood could not withstand the force of the hurricane. For this purpose , the architecture of Corozal Town is now a more modern side . On a mural on the walls of City Hall , a local artist has immortalized the turbulent history of Corozal Town. Nearby , in the park of Corozal Town , is the clock tower . He is so to speak the little symbol of the city and the general meeting place for the locals. Around the tower are almost always stands up . Man selling fruit juices and snacks and all sorts of odds and ends at the flea market.

A popular destination is the Four Mile Lagoon . This is a beautiful lagoon on the border river Rio Hondo and is located less than ten miles from Corozal Town. Locals as well as tourists like to spend their leisure time. Even James Cook mid-18th Century discovered the lagoon when he umherschipperte on the Rio Hondo . Meanwhile, the area is heavily developed . There are several picnic areas , playgrounds and everything you need for a perfect swimming day with the whole family. A short trip to Mexico offers on the basis of proximity. Who would not want to travel far , can let the sun on your belly, on the beaches of Corozal Bay.

Mayan ruins is where to go and

It is interesting that the settlers have built their city on the ruins of a Mayan site : on Santa Rita . Archaeologists suspect that Santa Rita was built around 2000 BC . And they believe that about half of the buildings of Santa Rita is still hidden under Corozal Town. Another important legacy of the Mayan culture is Cerros , a few kilometers from Corozal Town. For all archeology fans a must ! The name , however, is not from the Maya, but is of Spanish origin . Cerros means in German translates as hills or mountains . Cerros is located on a peninsula in the Bay of Chetumal. Visitors come from Corozal Town from comfortable with the boat within a quarter of an hour there. About twenty acres of land claims the Maya site on this hill . To discover there are pyramids and other buildings. Some of the ornate decorations are still visible .

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