Belize is one of the last corners on the globe with vast tracts of unspoiled nature, including misty mountains, verdant jungles, and clear, fast-running rivers. Belize is home to waterfalls, tropical birds, and a rich selection of ancient Maya cities, temples, and ceremonial caves.
On your 2021 vacation to Belize, be sure not to miss these six amazing attractions:
The Inland Blue Hole
A nearly perfectly circular body of sapphire water water, the Inland Blue is a natural spring-fed pond inside the St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park ideal for a refreshing swim on a hot day or to admire while enjoying a delicious picnic.
One of the most impressive lost cities of the Maya ever discovered, Xunantunich has been continuously excavated for more than a century, and yet it continues to yield up new clues about the fate of the city’s builders. In the summer of 2016, a team of archeologists uncovered the largest royal Maya tomb ever discovered buried underneath the central temple at Xunantunich.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Home to the world’s only dedicated jaguar reserve, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is more than 150 square miles of trackless terrain beginning at the foothills of the Maya Mountains and continuing down to the coast in Belize’s Stann Creek District.
One of the best ways for visitors to appreciate the raw, natural beauty of Belize is by taking a boat tour up the Monkey River. Emptying into the Caribbean at the aptly-named Monkey River Village, the Monkey River and the surrounding jungle are home to crocodiles, manatees, black howler monkeys, and hundreds of native plants still used by locals to make medicines.
Belize Barrier Reef
Measuring more than 180 miles from north to south, the Belize Barrier Reef is one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. Home to a dazzling rainbow of anemones, sea grasses, rays, dolphins, nurse sharks, birds, and fish, the Belie Barrier Reef is world-famous for its snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and fishing.
Now known as Actun Munichil Tuknal (ATM) Cave, this impressive site lay undisturbed for more than 1,000 years. Today, visitors can clamber, climb, and swim through an impressive labyrinth to witness first-hand the knives, bowls, and skeletal remains left behind by Maya priests who used the cave to perform sacred religious ceremonies.
Uncharted Jewel Belize
The above are just six of the many amazing things to see and experience in Belize. If you are planning on visiting, contact Uncharted Jewel Belize. A locally-owned and operated licensed tour company, Uncharted Jewel Belize can arrange for tours of all of the top attractions in the country. Uncharted Jewel Belize also offers airport shuttles, private transfers, and can book your accommodations at the finest hotels, lodges, and resorts in Belize.