– Cahal Pech (Place of the Ticks) – located in the Cayo District offers a panoramic view of the nearby town and the surrounding rainforest.
– Caracol (The Snail) – is positioned as the “supreme” Maya city and is located in the Cayo District, deep within the forest. This structure is the tallest known maya temple in Belize.
– Lamanai (Submerged Crocodile) – is in Orange Walk town and displays features of ancient Maya art and architecture that are more exotic. This site is famed for its large mayan masks.
– Cerros – a short boat ride from Corozal, was important as a coastal trading center during the late pre-Classic Period (100 B.C.-250 A.D.).
– Altun Ha (Water of the Rock) – famous for the Kinich Ahau (Sun God) Jade Head found there, which is a symbol of Belize seen on on the corner of every Belizean bank note. Located a short drive outside of Belize City.
– El Pilar – suggests a market bigger than any that exists in the area today and a huge agricultural center. Located just north of San Ignacio town, on the Belize/Guatemala border.
– La Milpa – located in Orange town, is the third largest Maya site in Belize. Though not the most excavated, it is in the topmost rank of Maya sites with 24 courtyards and over 85 structures.
– Xunantunich (Maiden of the Rock) – One of the most visited Maya sites in Belize – major ceremonial center where three carved stelae were found and are on display in the plaza. Situated just across the river from San Jose Succotz village in the Cayo District.
– Lubaantun (Place of Fallen Stones) – northwest of Punta Gorda was a late classic ceremonial center. This ruin is not accessible by public transport and is about a 20 minute walk from the road. This is the location where the famous “crystal skull” was purported to have been discovered.
– Nim Li Punit (Big Hat) – about 25 miles north of Punta Gorda Town where more than 25 stelae were found of which about eight are carved. One of these stela is the tallest in Belize at present.
– Santa Rita – shown to be the ancient province of Chetumal by archaeological excavations was important during the Late Post Classic Period. Situated in Corozal town.Rainforest Adventure
Experience a natural expedition, go horseback riding, canoeing or riverboat riding, bird watching, cave tubing or hiking. Visit the Butterfly Breeding Center, Thousand Foot Falls, Rio Frio cave and much more. Belize is the ecotourist’s paradise!The Caribbean Sea
Belize is famed for its second largest barrier reef in the world – the largest in the Western Hemisphere – where you can snorkel, scuba dive, fish, and indulge in a variety of watersports.
Marine attractions include the Blue Hole (a collapsed underground cave), Lighthouse Reef and the Turneffe Islands, as well as numerous offshore cayes.
Historical Belize City
Some of Belize city’s main attractions are:
– Baron Bliss Lighthouse – the tomb of Baron Bliss, benefactor to Belize.
– Supreme Court – a colonial style building, which was restored in 1923 after a fire in 1918.
– St. John’s Cathedral – the oldest Anglican Cathedral in Central America, built in 1812.
– Belize Zoo – home to rescued native Belizean animals including many endangered species.
– Bliss Institute – center of Belizean culture & home for Caracol Mayan artifacts.
– Community Baboon Sanctuary – protected home for Black Howler Monkeys.
– Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary – bird sanctuary and home to the large Jabiru stork.
– Belize Museum – housed in the old Prison of Belize, the museum exhibits archives of old photographs, maya artifacts and much more.
– National Handicraft Center – wide variety of Belizean handicrafts.
– Swing Bridge – a historic colonial bridge that is still manually operated daily to allow boats & other vessels to enter into the Belize river.