Belize City Cruises, Belize
- Belize is home to one of the world's largest coral reefs, so snorkelling and scuba are bread-and-butter activities out here.
- Lamanai is one of the largest Mayan sites in Belize. Concealed from the rest of the world by tropical jungle, the site has more than 800 ancient structures, including temples and pyramids.
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You’ll go back to the days of the Mayans on this tour, as you whizz along the New River for around two hours. The river is teeming with wildlife, and if you point your camera towards the banks you could come away with snaps of howler monkeys, iguanas and crocodiles. Then there’s the jacana, nicknamed the ‘Jesus bird’. Reason being, it looks like it’s walking on water when it wades across floating vegetation. The river empties into a lagoon, where you’ll catch sight of the Lamanai ruins. You’ll dock at the Lamanai Welcome Centre, before exploring the site’s museum, which houses ancient artefacts, before walking through the jungle paths to see some of the temples and monuments the Mayans left behind. You’ll also have the chance to scale one of the pyramid-shaped temples – it towers 100 feet above the ruins and the lagoon, so the panoramas are top notch.
You’ll go high into the treetops and down below ground all in one day on this high-octane trip. First up is a ziplining tour of the jungle canopy. After harnessing up and getting a full safety briefing, you’ll take a short trek through the rainforest, past towering cohune palms native to Central America. You’ll stop at a cliff-edge – the launch pad for your zipline adventure. Guides will hook you up to a series of five travers and, as you fly along them, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the caves and jungle greenery below. Afterwards, you’ll swap your harness for a life jacket and make your way to the entrance of a huge cave. Here, you’ll take a pew in a rubber ring and float along subterranean lagoons. The ancient Mayans used to stage their rituals in these caves, and you’ll get up close to the crystal formations, stalactites and stalagmites.
This trip puts you right in the heart of Belize’s subterranean world. At Jaguar Jungle, you’ll be kitted out in a life jacket, helmet and rubber ring before taking a short hike alongside the crystal-clear Caves Branch River. At the mouth of a cave, you’ll get into your tube and float through limestone archways – these connect a network of underground rivers. You’ll be pushed along by soft currents that still carve and shape the caves today, giving you time to check out the crystal formations that coat the cave walls. The ancient Mayans saw these caves as a gateway to the underworld.