The country of Belize in Central America is popularly known for its dreamy beaches and premier diving sites. However, visitors and tourist who go on a trip to Belize find that there is definitely more to the country than just coastal wonders, because in the inner sections of the country are many exciting activities waiting for the adventurous tourists.
Horseback riding in Belize is bound to be an adventure with the many dirt trails and rivers and creeks to be crossed. Although the ride is quite exciting in itself, the destinations are what really matters in this journey. At the end of every horseback riding journey is something worth seeing like the ancient Mayan communities like the Cahal Pech and the Xunantunich. Riding to and through these sites and the adjacent farmlands and plains gives tourists a whole new and different view of the country, far from the usual blue waters and white sand beaches that one is used to.
Belize is also home to some of the most beautiful and thrilling caves in the Central America region. Accordingly, there are thousand s of caves in the country, some of which were used by the ancient Mayans for their burial grounds. In the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave for example, cavers will find skeletons and remains on the crags and crevices or sometimes in plain sight. In addition, there are wonderfully formed stalactites and stalagmites as well as some underground waterfalls like those found in the Blue Creek Caves. Given the number of the caves in Belize, you will surely find one that you’d want to explore – whether you’re a first-time caver or an experienced one.
Canoeing and Kayaking
Sure, the wide seas and beautiful beaches are great, but there are also fun water activities that can be had inside the country like canoeing and kayaking. There are various rivers and waterways that run through the mountains and plains of Belize, most of which are suitable for canoe and kayak enthusiasts of all levels. While paddling through the waters you’ll get to spot some of the wildlife and birdlife that thrive in the riverbanks and jungles of Belize. You will even come across rural villages where you can dock your boats and have a chat with the friendly villagers.
Walking through the mountains of forests and jungles in Belize is one of the country’s top attractions. There are various hiking trails which offer some of the best walks that you’ll ever experience. Walk amidst towering trees and lush vegetation where the ancient Mayans used to run and hunt. Although most of the trails are designed to be pretty easy and suitable for a self-guided hike, it is still a fun idea to have a local tour guide tag along who will be able to show you more difficult and exciting trails, as well as educate you about the local flora and fauna found in the place including crocodiles and jaguars.
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