You’ll get up close to all sorts of wildlife on this trip, as you coast along the winding Belize River. Tracing a path through the country’s tropical rainforest, you’ll spend two hours animal-spotting on the 180-mile-long waterway. Once you’re in the thick of the canopy, the skipper will stop in a well-known place for spotting West Indian manatees. There are between 800 and 1,000 of the endangered animals in these waters, and your guide will be on hand to answer any questions about the affectionately-nicknamed ‘sea cows’. As you drift further along the river, there’s a good chance you’ll see some of its other inhabitants, too, including crocodiles, iguanas and the occasional dolphin. As you sip on a chilled drink on your way back, you’ll get the lowdown on the river’s historic use by ancient Mayan woodcutters.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity. • Great choice for families.