Mainland excursions and adventures
Belize is world-renowned for ecotourism and history. The jungles are lush, the wildlife is abundant, and the rivers range from mild to wild!
Belize has set aside vast areas of natural forest as sanctuaries for birds, monkeys, jaguar and even the crocodile, making a trip down the river an unbelievable experience that offers rare photographic opportunities to see river life in their natural environments. Belize is also rich in archaeological sites, which reveal their treasures to those who like adventure. Experience one of the most mysterious civilizations of all, the Maya. We're here to assist you with what to do in Belize while on the mainland.
Known as the epicenter of the ancient Maya world, Belize once was home to more than 2 million Mayas. Sacred temples, pyramids, advanced science, agriculture, mathematics, palaces, and awesome structures are their legacy. Without the use of iron or the wheel, the civilization reached its zenith at the time when Europe was in the Dark Ages.
Evolving around 350 B.C. in the tropical lowlands of Belize and northern Guatemala, this advanced civilization supported by vast agricultural farmlands and trading centers, held sway for well over 2,000 years. The Maya civilization has permanently marked the landscape, and visiting famous ruin sites like Xunantunich, Altun Ha, and Lamanai will leave you in awe of our ancestors’ accomplishments and integrity.
Belize cave tubing and ziplining tours are an exciting combination of floating through caves and gliding over tree tops! Beyond the geological splendor of glittering stalactites and stalagmites, cave tubing lets participants enter the secret hidden world of the ancient Maya. Left undisturbed for more than 1,000 years, these caves are home to priceless historical artifacts.
Beyond the thrill of glimpsing jungle animals and plants from a bird’s eye view, zip lining is also a great way to learn more about nature. Many platforms are connected to a network of hiking trails that wend their way through some of the most pristine and ecologically diverse parts of Belize, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see rare birds, exotic wildlife, and spectacularly beautiful flowering plants and lush vegetation.
The Belize Zoo is located on 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 125 animals native to Belize. The Zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions. It’s also the first nature destination in Belize accessible to visitors with physical disabilities.
A visit to the Zoo is the best way to get an introduction to the animals of Belize, and to understand why it is important to protect the habitats that sustain them. The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center believes that by bringing the people of Belize closer to the animals which are their natural heritage, they will feel proud of these special resources, and want to protect them for future generations.