YOUR SIGNATURE JOURNEY IN BELIZE
With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, Belize is a fabulous destination mixing islands, adventure and culture.
Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world and with more than 100 types of coral and some 500 species of tropical fish, it is pure paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers alike. Swim through translucent seas and enjoy a kaleidoscope of coral, fish, whale sharks and turtles, while divers go deeper, investigating underwater caves and walls and the world-renowned Blue Hole.
Inland, discover the many national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and protected areas that offer a safe haven for wildlife, which ranges from the industrious parades of cutter ants to tapirs, noisy howler monkeys, or the shy jaguar. Birders aim their binoculars at some 570 species, which roost along the rivers and lagoons and in the broadleaf forest. Keen-eyed visitors who take the time to hike can easily spot spider monkeys, peccaries, coatimundis, gibnuts and green iguanas.
Belize is also home to one of the world's most mysterious civilizations – the ancient Maya. The Cayo District and Toledo's Deep South are peppered with archaeological sites that date to the Maya heyday (AD 250–1000), where enormous steps lead to the tops of tall stone temples, often yielding 360-degree jungle views. Explore excavated tombs and examine intricate hieroglyphs, or descend into natural caves to see where the Maya kings performed rituals and made sacrifices to their underworld gods. In the south you can appreciate the culture today by staying in village guesthouses and by learning the art of chocolate-making.