Characterized by the Central American jungles in the mainland and the Caribbean Sea on the coastline, Belize is a top destination for adventure seekers. When jungle tours, wildlife spotting, scuba diving and caving are on your wishlist, Belize is the name you should enter in the search bar for your next destination. Here are some of the wildest adventures you can experience in Belize.
Take a jungle survival course
The main part of Belize is covered with dense jungles. So one way or another, while exploring Belize, you will end up in it. With several types of wildlife, including jaguars and poisonous snakes, this is one of the most hostile environments in the world. At least for those who don’t know how to survive in it. There are a few tour organizations that offer jungle survival courses in which you can spend one up to a few nights in the jungle. Learn how to build a shelter and to find food. And wake up with the sound of howler monkeys.
Through the dense jungle, there are several rivers meandering that are great for a kayak trip. But if you find paddling just a bit too dull, the Belizeans have another option: river tubing. River tubing is a fun way of floating down a river in a tube. One of the most popular activities is tubing down the Caves Branch river, but there are plenty of options. In the Blue Hole National Park, you can even go river tubing on a river inside a cave. While we were in Belize, we even went river tubing twice, because it was so much fun. The cheapest option was in the Cockscomb Basin Sanctuary where we floated down the river while hearing the howler monkeys in the trees surrounding us.
The ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) cave is one of the top attractions in Belize and a must visit, but for a visit you have to be fit and not suffer from, for example, claustrophobia. It is a journey to the dark, mysterious underworld of the Maya. Many Maya treasures are still hidden in the cave. The ATC caving tour starts with 45 minutes of hiking through the jungle in which you will be traversing three rivers. Also, since this is a wet cave, prepare to be soaked after entering the cave. Still, the ATM cave is a popular activity, making it suitable for novices as well. If you however, want to add the adventure level on your caving experience, you can opt for the Crystal Cave in the Blue Hole National Park. This is a caving tour in which you need to hike through the jungle for 45 minutes before exploring the cave on a 6 hour tour. This is a strenuous activity, so you should be reasonably fit.
Snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef
Apart from Australia - The Belize Barrier reef is the largest barrier reef in the world, so it is not surprising that Belize has such a wealth of Cayes. The islands are relatively large and pleasantly busy - think of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker - to a lot of uninhabited coral islands in the middle of an azure blue sea. They are the perfect base for travelers who wish to explore the underwater world. The islands have numerous tour operators that offer snorkel excursions. When choosing a location, we recommend the Hol Chan Marine Reserve as here you can snorkel among sharks, stingrays, barracudas and impressive coral.
Explore the Mayan ruins
Deep in the jungle of Belize, you will find Mayan ruins. The most famous one is Xunantunich, close to San Ignacio. You can combine a visit to these ruins with a visit to the site of Cahal Pech on a half-day trip. A more adventurous option is to rent a 4x4 and head to Caracol, the largest Maya site in Belize, located in the Cayo district.
Scuba Dive or fly over the Great Blue hole
Everyone knows the most iconic image of Belize: an azure blue sea with coral and then a deep dark blue hole in the middle: the Blue Hole. The Great Blue Hole is located about 70 kilometers off the coast of Belize and is a vertical cave of about 125 meters deep and with a diameter of over 300 meters. Wonderful to view from the air and special to take a dive. A diving tour to the Great Blue Hole is not cheap, nor is the scenic flight over it. For both experiences, the best base is Caye Caulker, San Pedro or Belize City.