The Maya believed caves were the Underworld, and as such, they were regarded as the most sacred places. Today, cave explorers can still see Mayan artifacts, like 1,200-year-old pottery shards and skeletal remains. There are also spectacular formations to see and chambers to explore. Some of Belize's caves are accessible only by water, or require an adventurous jungle hike to reach.
Hiking, mountain biking
Choose from a variety of trails that run through national parks, archaeological sites and resorts. Caves, waterfalls, Maya ruins and rivers are all part of the trail experience. Wildlife and tropical bird sightings are common, with butterflies and tropical flowers that dot the landscape. Mountain bikers can choose challenging trails or easier ones that follow jungle roads and wind through friendly villages.
Take a guided tour by horseback over trails through rainforest and open fields.
Soar above the jungle canopy, secured safely by cable and pulley equipment suspended high above the ground.or glide along the river on an inner tube, through a series of unique cave formations. Ziplining employs a series of cables and platforms suspended over the rainforest treetops, allowing you to slide via harness and pulley from one station to the next. Cave tubing is both exciting and educational; experienced guides will lead you through a series of caverns to view some of Belize's unique natural rock formations. One of Belize's most popular adventure excursions is pairing the activities of cave tubing and ziplining, but these activities can also be enjoyed separately.
Some resorts offer guided tours to experience the jungle at night, the peak of wildlife activity.
Fishing Belize offers some of the world's most spectacular fishing in its abundant waters for any level of angling experience, from freshwater fly and spincast fishing to deep-sea fishing.
Look to the reef to catch groupers, snappers, jacks, and barracudas. Marlin and sailfish migrate just outside the barrier reef in the spring and the fall. In the flats and back reef, you'll find permit, tarpon, snook, yellowtail snapper, barracuda and bonefish.
Belize's rivers and estuaries are good for snook, tarpon, bonefish and snapper. Southern Belize, near Placencia and Dangriga, also provides world-renowned fly fishing in the flats for permit, tarpon and bonefish. The lagoon offers recreational fishing where 400- to 500- pound jewelfish have been noted. Troll inside the reef for snapper, tuna, grouper and mackerel.