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Five adventurous activities you can do in Belize

30 November 2023 • Written by Hannah Rankine for Belize Tourism Board

Belize, a jewel in the Caribbean, offers superyacht owners and guests the ultimate playground for adventure. With its rich marine life, ancient Maya temples, mystical caves, thrilling zip lines and nocturnal jungle excursions, Belize is a unique destination that combines luxury and adventure. Visiting Belize by superyacht offers a unique chance to experience some of the destination’s exhilarating activities and natural beauty. BOAT International explores five must-experience adventures that will elevate your Belizean odyssey.

1. Be a part of ocean conservation

For those seeking more meaningful experiences, consider becoming a part of Fragments of Hope's crucial conservation projects for a truly rewarding holiday experience. Your involvement will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of its initiatives, allowing you to make a positive impact on Belize's precious marine ecosystems.

Situated on the Placencia Peninsula, Fragments of Hope is a community-driven organisation with a primary focus on the restoration of coral reef habitats and the advocacy for sustainable management of their associated ecosystems. Currently, over 176,000 nursery-grown coral fragments have been effectively out-planted as a result of Fragments of Hope’s work, showcasing a remarkable achievement. Trained fishers and tour guides collaborate with Fragments of Hope in conducting coral restoration efforts in Belize, fostering close partnerships with regulatory bodies such as the Belize Fisheries Department.

2. A journey through time

Once the heartland of the ancient Maya Empire, Belize is adorned with sacred temples, pyramids and awe-inspiring structures. Journey into the past by exploring some of the best Maya sites in the country:

  • Xunantunich: Delve into the first Maya site opened to visitors in 1950, boasting extensive archaeological work that reveals the city's prosperity during the Classic Maya era. The haunting ‘Stone Woman’ site, named by locals for its ghostly presence, offers a glimpse into a city that once housed 200,000 people.
  • El Pilar: Uncover the mysteries of El Pilar, a 100-acre Maya site situated 20 kilometres northwest of San Ignacio. With 12 pyramids and 25 plazas, this site triples the number found in nearby sites, providing a window into Maya life between 500 BC and 1000 AD.
  • Caracol: Explore the grandeur of the largest Maya city ever excavated in Belize, Caracol. Climb majestic temples for panoramic views of the Chiquibul forest reserve and discover treasures hidden within this active archaeological site. The journey to Caracol, facilitated by well-maintained roads courtesy of the Belizean government, offers a scenic drive through the captivating Chiquibul Rainforest.

3. Discover the underworld

Near the town of San Ignacio lies the Actun Tunich Muknal (ATM) Cave, a captivating destination for underground hiking and cave tubing. This cave system, known as a treasure trove for archaeologists, unveils a diverse ecosystem teeming with bats, crabs, crayfish and tropical fish. The ATM Cave, known as the "Cave of the Stone Sepulcher", holds historical significance as a sacred Maya site, believed to have been used for human sacrifices. Experience the mystique of this cavernous world and witness the famous "Crystal Maiden", the well-preserved skeleton of a 17-year-old boy.

4. Adventure through the tree tops

In central Belize, the Mayflower Bocawina National Park offers a haven for adrenaline junkies. Experience Belize's longest zip line, stretching four kilometres, providing a breath-taking bird's-eye view of the rainforest. For added thrills, consider night zip lining. The park also harbours two unexcavated Maya mounds and numerous unexplored archaeological sites. Rappelling down the Bocawina Waterfall, suitable for beginners, and the Antelope Falls, catering to more experienced adventurers, completes the adrenaline-packed itinerary.

5. Wildlife under the stars

Embark on a unique wildlife experience with night jungle tours. Using specially designed open-backed trucks or battery-powered golf carts for private tours, expert guides equipped with high-powered spotlights lead you through the nocturnal wonders of Belize. As you traverse Chan Chich Road or the old Sylvester Road, keep your eyes peeled for the eye-shine of nocturnal fauna. Witness Northern Potoo and Spectacled Owl, among other nocturnal birds, while the elusive Jaguar, Ocelot, Margay and Puma may reveal themselves in the darkness. The night jungle tour, considered the best chance for a natural sighting, offers a thrilling alternative to daytime wildlife exploration.

For more information on how to visit Belize by superyacht, visit TravelBelize today for tips and recommendations.

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