As lush rainforest or subtropical jungle cover 78% of the country, incredible rainforest adventures await you in Belize, just 3 hours from New York and 4 hours from Toronto. Under the Tropical Forest Conservation Act, a 2001 agreement with the U.S. Government has preserved the picturesque landscape, secluded beaches, limestone caves and lagoons of the 23,000-acre Maya Mountain Marine Corridor. Toucans (Belize's national bird), macaws, peccaries, howler monkeys, spider monkeys and jaguars have been protected.
Here are 9 ways to explore the rainforest.
- Mountain Biking
- Cave Tubing: Floating along a river that winds through caves and rainforest on an inner tube is one of the most unique ways to view the Caves Branch Nohuch Che’en Reserve Cave
- Canoeing and Kayaking
- Jungle Horse Riding: An adventure starting at Belize Jungle Dome takes riders along riverside trails in the jungle, through teak plantations and
- Abseiling: One of the most memorable abseiling adventures in the Americas is at Actun Loch Tunich sink hole (Black Hole Drop).
- Caving: Great places for caving include Actun Tunichil Mucnal, dubbed one of the top 10 caves in the world by National Geographic and Barton Creek Cave, which was a Mayan burial site. You'll travel there by canoe.
- Zipline Canopy Tour
- Moonlight Jaguar Quest: Near Blancaneaux Lodge, you will set out with guides in search of jaguars in their natural habitat.
Places to Stay in the Belize Rainforest
- The Lodge at CHAA CREEK: Set in a 365-acre nature reserve, this all-inclusive jungle lodge has 23 cottages with palm thatched roofs, treetop Jacuzzi suites and garden suites. Adventures include canoeing, horse riding,overnight camping in jungle casitas and visits to Caracol Maya Temples.
- Blancaneaux Lodge: Once the private getaway of Francis Ford Coppola, this 20-room luxury retreat has natural pools, Big Rock Falls, a waterfall spa and stables.
Photo Credit: Philip Larson