Things to do in Belize

Our most recommended things to do in Belize

San Ignacio: Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Full-Day Tour

1. San Ignacio: Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Full-Day Tour

Depart from San Ignacio and head to the starting point for your hike. Make your first river crossing band hike to the cave entrance for a safety demonstration. Make your way into the cave, swimming and then walking through the main water passage until you reach the boulder and head to the dry chamber. To enter the chamber, you will be required to slip off your shoes in order to protect the cave. Marvel at the cave's artifacts, most of which have been calcified into the ground, unmoved even by archaeologists. Hear your guides talk about the rituals and ceremonies, bloodletting offerings, food offerings and human offerings, including the 15 human remains uncovered by archaeologists. To access the last chamber, you will climb up a ladder to see a full skeletal remains before exiting the cave in the same way you came in. You will hike back to the parking lot before replenishing yourself with lunch and returning to San Ignacio.

Caye Caulker: 7-Stop Snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef

2. Caye Caulker: 7-Stop Snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef

Snorkel at the Hol Chan marine reserve and at Ray Alley, the second largest coral reef system in the world, on this day trip from Caye Caulker. Ride in a comfortable speedboat and use high-quality snorkeling equipment. Enjoy a delicious lunch with drinks and get GoPro photos and videos.  Meet your group at 9:00 AM at the local partner's office located on Caye Caulker. Get geared up, listen to a quick briefing on what to do and not to do to ensure the day is fun-filled and safe. Embark on a cruise to the Belize Barrier Reef. Hop in the water to look for wildlife like turtles where the world’s largest population of West Indian manatees live. See corals that have been protected for over 30 years at the Hol Chan marine reserve. Feel the thrill of diving with sharks in the Ray Alley. Stop for lunch onboard at 12:00 PM. After that, take the chance to explore an amazing shipwreck, coral gardens, and more turtles. The tour ends at 3:00 PM with two bonus sightseeing stops to see seahorses.

San Ignacio: Cave Tubing with Lunch & Optional Zipline

3. San Ignacio: Cave Tubing with Lunch & Optional Zipline

Depart from San Ignacio, Belize and arrive at the park after driving for an hour. Hike through the jungle, along the river bank and carry your tube up to the starting point. Choose to tube through 1 cave or 2 caves, depending on how far you want to walk. Enjoy the full experience by walking for 45 minutes, to reach the top of the river. Walk for 30 minutes to reach the other starting point, which will only take you through one of the caves.  Float down the river and relax in the first cave, as your expert guide tells you about Mayan culture and their beliefs. Get ready for a thrill in the second cave, accessed by both starting points, where light rapids will add some excitement and speed to your tubing experience. Upgrade your tour by speeding things up with a memorable zipline ride. Before heading into the Mayan underworld, fly and scream in the air as you zip line across the Belize jungles and river from tree to tree. After the Adrenalin rush through the air, cool off in the water of a picturesque natural pool.

Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline

4. Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline

Immerse yourself into the Belizean culture and journey back into 1000 years of history of the Mayan world on a guided day tour. Explore the wonders of the Mayans, their cave systems, the local flora, and enjoy cave tubing and ziplining. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Belize City or by taking the ferry from Caye Caulker/San Pedro to Belize City. After meeting your guide, explore the Mayan Temple Altun ha, hike to the top and hear fascinating facts about the site and the Mayan world from your guide. Head deeper into the jungle towards the cave systems with a 15-20 minutes hike following a trail to the cave entrance. Enjoy a lesson on plant identification, insect identification, and all their medicinal uses and local beliefs throughout history in Belize. Cave tube down a river through several caves and marvel at the stunning surroundings and Mayan artifacts. Lastly, zipline over the jungle canopy before returning to Caye Caulker/San Pedro/ Belize City in the evening after a truly memorable Belizean experience.

Belize City: Lamanai Maya Ruins & River Boat Safari w/ Lunch

5. Belize City: Lamanai Maya Ruins & River Boat Safari w/ Lunch

Meet your guide at the Cruise Ship Terminal or in your hotel lobby, depending on the option selected. Relax as you board the air-conditioned vehicle and set off for a 1-hour road trip. Along the way enjoy views of the old Belize river, rural villages, fruit trees, and birds. When you arrive at the dock, board your boat for the 1-hour cruise on the New River. Be sure to watch for iguanas, crocodiles, turtles, birds, and water-lilies. At the Lamania Maya Site, your guide will lead you on a walk through the rainforest, scattered with ancient structures, to arrive at the Mask Temple. Your guide will share in-depth archeological information about the site. The Lamania Maya site is known for being the longest continually-occupied site in Mesoamerica. The thriving crocodile population in the nearby New River lagoon gave Lamanai its name. Lamanai is the Spanish historic name for Lama’ an/ayin, which means “submerged crocodile.” Many of the site's main structures and excavated artifact exhibits represent the famed reptile. You'll have the chance to climb to the summit of the highest temple and see the awesome view of northern Belize and the lagoon. Then continue your walk through the Ball Court, Stelas, the Jaguar temple, stelae, and residential buildings. Then board your boat for the return trip to Belize City, with drop-off at the Cruise Ship Terminal or at your hotel lobby, depending on the option you selected.

From San Ignacio: Tikal Maya Site Day-Trip with Local Lunch

6. From San Ignacio: Tikal Maya Site Day-Trip with Local Lunch

Start with pickup from San Ignacio at 7:00 AM, and take a 15-minute drive to Guatemalan border. Be assisted at the border by your guide, and continue on the 2-hour long journey to Tikal. Discover the ancient Mayan site of Tikal which is considered to be one of the most spiritual locations on earth. Once at the national park, see the abundance of wildlife surrounding the temples. Discover how the Mayan civilization built inspiring temples and cities that formed a vast complex of religious, social and political power.  Enjoy a guided tour of the main sights of the complex, which is estimated to have over 3,000 structures including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, plazas, causeways, and reservoirs. See several of the main temples including the tallest structure which measures 212 feet.  After visiting the main parts of Tikal, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, drive back to San Ignacio you can stop at the local gift shops, with arrival back in San Ignacio at approximately 4:30 PM.

San Ignacio: Caracol Maya Ruins & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

7. San Ignacio: Caracol Maya Ruins & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

Start with pickup at 7:30 AM from San Ignacio and travel 1.5 hours to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Upon arrival walk for 10 minutes until you reach the Rio Frio Cave. After exploring this small cave, drive to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve located nearby.  Explore the ruins of Caracol, which was the largest metropolis in the Maya lowlands located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. While travelling to this location, enjoy a stunning scenery of the flora and fauna. Walk along the trails and paths that were once traversed by nobles and citizens of the Mayan empire.  Explore the largest Mayan archaeological site in Belize on a 3-hour guided tour. Learn about the size of the former city, as well as the various religious rituals performed in the temples. Climb some of the structures and learn about the important archaeological discoveries of the site. Enjoy a local lunch followed by a visit to the Rio on Pools or Big Rock Waterfalls. Swim in the refreshing waters to cool off after a day of exploring, and be returned to San Ignacio at approximately 5:00 PM.

From San Ignacio: Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos

8. From San Ignacio: Xunantunich Mayan Tour & Optional Combos

Start your tour with hotel pickup from San Ignacio, then take a 15-minute drive to Xunantunich. First, embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the Xunantunich archaeological site, which was a unique Mayan ceremonial center. Discover the 6 major plazas surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces with time to climb the different structures. Admire the large El Castillo Pyramid which is well known for the frieze or band of stucco decoration which at one time extended around the entire temple. El Castillo rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers an impressive panoramic view over the Mopan River valley.  After this, combine your visit with a range of optional activities to choose from. Cave Tubing:  Start your adventure at No'och Che'en National Park with a hike through the subtropical forest. As you sit and enjoy the tubing downstream, the journey will take you through a series of remarkable limestone caves, each filled with fascinating discoveries of the Mayan underworld. You can also jump into refreshing crystal-clear blue waters formed in-between the cave entrances. Float through some rapids, view sparkling cave formations, and learn about cave geology and Mayan History. River Tubing:  This adventure takes place along the Mopan River - a very important water source for the ancient city of Xunantunich. Start by clipping on your helmet and putting on your floating device. Then, jump into your tube and begin floating downstream on the easy flowing water. Just as you get comfortable, feel the adrenaline as you reach some class I rapids. After floating past the village, continue into a jungle area and admire the incredible native flora and fauna that Belize has to offer. Horseback Riding:  Alternatively, begin your experience on the outskirts of Succotz village. Ride a friendly horse along an ancient Mayan trail as you dodge low-hanging tree branches. If you are lucky, try to spot adorable Howler Monkeys jumping between the trees.

From Belize: One-Way Shared Shuttle to San Ignacio

9. From Belize: One-Way Shared Shuttle to San Ignacio

Enjoy a hassle-free shared shuttle from Belize city to your accommodation in San Ignacio. Experience a stress-free journey in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver.  Let your driver navigate you through the traffic smoothly. Travel conveniently without having to worry about last-minute searching.

Belize City: 5-Hour Cave Kayaking Tour

10. Belize City: 5-Hour Cave Kayaking Tour

Meet your guide at the Cruise Ship Terminal or at your hotel lobby, depending on the option selected. Relax as you board an air-conditioned vehicle that will set off for the caves on a 1-hour narrated tour of the country and local customs. For cruise passengers, choose to include an additional ziplining activity when booking and zoom across the lush rainforest canopy prior to the kayaking adventure. When you arrive at the national park, get kitted out with helmets, jackets, lights, paddles. Begin the forest nature walk to the riverside where the kayaks are located, making 3 river crossings along the way. Choose from a single or tandem kayak then get out onto the water.  As you begin to kayak, head upstream towards the caves, admiring the formations and practicing your paddling. Stop at a scenic location for a swim in a natural pool. Then, paddle downstream through a network of 5 caves encountering rapids, stalactites, stalagmites, and a waterfall along the way. Eventually, exit the caves and continue paddling downstream with sunshine hitting your face. Enjoy the scenery and listen to the birds, until you arrive at the parking lot. Finally, board the van and return to Belize City, with drop-off at Cruise Ship Terminal or at your hotel lobby, depending on option selection.

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What people are saying about Belize

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Checking in was a bit of a scramble as there was only one person working to fit all the travelers for snorkeling equipment. They also didn’t have us registered even though we reserved a month beforehand and had the tickets. They also didn’t ask for my email so I don’t think I’ll be getting the GoPro photos (but that’s fine—we brought our own). Other than the rocky start, the whole experience was incredible! Adiva and Charles were our guides and were such a delight to have leading the tour. It was my partner’s and my first time snorkeling which was very easy to learn and do. We were able to see and swim with nurse sharks, turtles, fishes and an abundance of coral. We were unable to snorkel with a manatee but were able to see it from above. Biggest tip is to reapply sunscreen every single time you return onto the boat and to use SPF 50 if possible.

Must do bucket list!! Lou was fantastic! His knowledge of the history of the area and Maya made the cave experience more than just the water sport. He told us alot about the flora of the area as well which was fantastically enjoyable. The zipping was thrilling with great views! The caves are just breathtaking! You have to do this!

Even though we started a bit later because we waited for another group and since we also were understanding english the language was changed to English to make it more confortable for the guide, we had a great experience and we were happy with the tour, explanations and food. Thanks!

Loved climbing over rocks and swimming through the caves. The Mayan history is very interesting. Edward was a great guide, showing me the way at each stage, friendly and helpful.

Great experience . Would definitely recommend! The tour guides made your we had an excellent time