Belize - "Top Side" Activites and Adventures

 

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in Belize. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

 

ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL:

Actun Tunichil Muknal "Cave of the Stone Sepulcher" is one of the most impressive caves in the Maya Lowland. Located in the heart of the Belizean Rainforest, this cave was a sacred place to the prehistoric Maya of Belize, who first began to use the entrance during the early classic period (300-600AD). It was not until the late terminal classic period (700-900AD) that the Mayas traveled deeper into the Cave to conduct their ceremonies.

The cave system consists of a series of chambers, ending in a 300 by 50 meter Cathedral where sacrificial ceremonies once took place. Here you will be exposed to the individuals sacrificed to the gods of the underworld. Visitors to this cave have the opportunity to travel into the Maya past and witness a living museum where the human sacrifices and artifacts can be viewed in their original context.

 

ALTUN HA MAYAN TEMPLE:

Belize offers the opportunity to visit a number of Mayan Ruins. Altun Ha, the most extensively excavated Maya site in Belize, was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period, as well as a vital trade center that linked the Caribbean shores with other Maya centers in the interior. The site consists of two main plazas with some thirteen temple and residential structures.

The "Jade Head," representing the Sun God, Kinich Ahau, was the most significant find during Dr. David Pendergast's excavations. At approximately six inches high and weighing nine and three-quarter pounds, it is still to this day the largest carved jade object in the whole Maya area.

 

BIRD WATCHING:

The species and variety of birds visible to viewers varies is contingent on the natural habitat in which a person is looking. With 66% of the country still forested, Belize is home to more than 600 identified species of birds, with an average of five new species discovered each year. As viewers often spot 50 species in a single outing, be sure to keep your eyes open and your binoculars in hand. Whether on a remote island, along the coast, on a jungle walk, or in the backyard of a hotel, visitors are bound to encounter spectacular plumage, stirring calls, and the steady drumming of a hummingbird's wings.

 

BLACK HOLE DROP CAVING AND ABSEILING:

 

The “Mother of all Caves” Actun Loch Tunich ! This expedition starts off with a vigorous hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The edge of the Actun Loch Tunich sink hole sits over 300 feet above the basin below, 200 feet above the rainforest canopy that grows out from the sinkhole basin.
Fully trained caving guides rig a system of rappelling ropes for your decent to the basin below. The first 10 feet provides the adrenaline, the next 200 feet provides an unforgettable experience and sights to behold, and the last 100 feet takes you down through the rainforest canopy.

 

CAHAL PECH MAYAN TEMPLE:

Cahal Pech is located on the southern outskirts of San Ignacio Town in the upper Belize Valley region of the Cayo District, Belize. The site center sits on the crest of a steep hill on the west bank of the Macal River. The central acropolis, approximately 900 feet above sea level, provides a commanding view of the Maya Mountains to the south and the fertile valleys of the Belize River to the northeast.

Cahal Pech is a site with an unpropitious Maya name meaning "Place of the Ticks." This ceremonial center includes pyramid temples, palaces, and a ball court. Five stelae and an altar show presence of the stela cult. Some major buildings were roofed with the Maya vault, some apparently not. There was a gradual architectural growth, the occupation probably running through the entire Classic Period.

 

CANOPY TOURS:

Belize Zip Line and Aerial Canopy Tour is a first class high Adventure Trip for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers in the heart of the Belizean Wilderness.
The Canopy Tour involves traversing from Tree Platform to Tree Platform, 80’ above the Forest Floor dangling only from a steel cable.

 

CAVING:

It is estimated that there are thousands of caves in Belize. This is due to the fact that much of Belize's land surface is underlined by limestone. This creates extensive underground cave networks and sinkholes. Therein lay many relics of Belize's rich ancient Mayan past. Many caves prove a challenge to the experienced spelunker, but there are a few which beginners can access and enjoy.

 

CAVE TUBING AT JUNGLE DOME:

Tubing along underground waterways, cave walls glistening, showing off their crystal formations. The Mayans used these caves a thousand years ago and fascinating artifacts remain. Beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, and the very immensity of the cave itself will take your breath away.

 

KAYAKING OR CANOEING:

Though Belize is a relatively small country, with very low-lying land, it receives plenty of rain during the winter season, and supports 20 major river systems and smaller streams. These many waterways are potential outdoor adventures for the kayak and canoe lovers. This is an excellent way to bird watch and view wildlife along the banks. You will also experience the flow of human life in Belize as the rivers of the country are still major gathering places for fishing, cleaning and transportation. Sea Kayaking in Belize is also available around the cayes.

 

SAN PEDRO LAGOON:

Accessible by boat ride or kayak, this lagoon, the largest on the island offers visitors the opportunity to get a glimpse of a crocodile, raccoons which inhabit mangroves, and countless magnificent bird species. Take a ferry boat ride to the north of the island past the river and have lunch at one of the quaint restaurants in the area. The atmosphere of the north differs because of the littoral forests with its associated plants and animals. Iguanas and Wish Willies are common to this area. Also visit the Zaak Ba Ajo Lagoon in the San Juan Area. Great place to snorkel, go kayaking or bird watching.

 

TIKAL MAYAN TEMPLE:

Tikal in its heyday ca 700 AD, was the capital of a vast Mayan empire. Today, the site is one of Guatemala’s premier tourist attractions. Its unspoiled jungle setting makes it special for discerning travelers, particularly Archaeologists, Naturalists and bird watchers.

Should you select a guided tour, you will receive personal assistance with the Belize/Guatemalan border and be accompanied by an English speaking guide the entire day, who will share fascinating information as he/she leads you through the 5 major temples built 1300 years ago.

 

XUNANTUNICH MAYAN TEMPLE:

Xunantunich means "stone woman" in Mayan. Xunantunich was a thriving city near the end of the Classic Period (300-900 A.D.) with large plazas ringed with pyramids. The tallest is the 130 foot "El Castillo," which is large by Mayan standards and is only exceeded by the Caana pyramid at Caracol.

The center of Xunantunich occupies an area less than a square mile. The center is composed of six major plazas surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces. The large pyramid, El Castillo, is well known for the frieze or band of stucco decoration which at one time extended around the entire temple.

 

WINDSURFING:

For water enthusiasts, the Cayes have it all, flat water created by the reef and the constant onshore/side-shore winds that provide an ideal location for the beginner to try a first lesson or take a course. For the intermediate, the conditions enable the excitement of blasting and chop hopping. Runs of 10 miles plus are possible on either tack; perfect for practicing waterstarts and carve gybes. The water below is so clear that you can see fish and stingrays and it is not unusual to see dolphins as you pass. For more experienced windsurfers, there are several wave sites, and of course, access to the swells of the big blue.

 

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