Allow a week to explore the rivers and rainforests of western Belize, and you’ll have time to visit remarkable ancient sites and sample Cayo District’s renowned jungle eco-lodges.
1 Caves Branch
To experience the natural splendour of the rainforest, spend a night or two at the riverside Caves Branch Lodge, or simply join one of its tours.
Wherever in Cayo you’re staying, it’s easy to arrange an adventurous day-trip to this extraordinary subterranean Maya site.
3 Mountain Ridge Pine Forest Reserve
Home to luxurious eco-lodges, this vast wild area is a wonderland of rivers, mountains and waterfalls.
Standing atop the multi-tier temple of Caana, looking out over the endless jungle, is an unforgettable experience.
5 San Ignacio
Bursting with hotels, restaurants and activity operators, this lively little town makes the perfect base in western Cayo.
6 Macal River
Along the banks of this remote river lie rainforest lodges, fascinating nature trails and botanical gardens.
Reached via a hand-winched ferry across the Mopan River, this exquisite Maya site holds some amazing carved friezes.
Don’t miss the chance to cross the border into Guatemala – even if it’s just for a day – to see the magnificent Maya city of Tikal.
It’s well worth spending an extra night or two in Guatemala to visit this delightful little lakefront colonial town.