Why a Belize Jungle Tour should be on your Bucket list

Belize Jungle Tours

Belize vacations are gaining in popularity and making “Travel destinations to see in 2019” lists and it’s easy to see why.  Tropical island oases, the largest barrier reef in this hemisphere and large tracts of in-tact jungle offer something for everyone.  While the pull of the Caribbean Sea is hard to resist, it’s worth adding a foray onto the mainland for a Belize jungle tour to your bucket list.  The best part is, you don’t need to give up that coveted beach vacation to enjoy the many mainland tours that are available.  Read our blog post on how to Enjoy Mainland Belize Tours for more on how to navigate the logistics and view the highlighted tours offered while staying on Ambergris Caye.  To get a better feel for the types of experiences waiting for you in the jungles of Belize, read on!

Step back in time at an ancient Mayan monument

The entirety of Belize, and in fact, the surrounding areas of Mexico and Guatemala, were once the homeland of a thriving ancient Mayan civilization.  The city structures, temples, plazas and even ball courts have been preserved at many of the city locations for modern visitors.  Popular sites include Lamanai Mayan Monument, accessed via a boat tour up the New River; Altun Ha Mayan Monument just north of Belize City; and Xunantunich Mayan Monument, near the Western border with Guatemala.  The well-kept grounds of these sites makes for a pleasant stroll and even a climb to the top of the temples for the more adventurous.  Knowledgeable guides can bring history to life for both the young and the young at heart.

Get up close and personal with the native animals of Belize

The Belize Zoo is dubbed, “The best little zoo in the world,” and we are inclined to whole-heartedly agree.  With a focus on conservation and education, The Belize Zoo is home to over 45 species of Belize fauna and some 175 individuals on exhibit.  The lush native landscaping and tasteful exhibits highlight the creatures of Belize in an accessible setting with paved walkways for strollers and wheelchairs.  The zoo is unique in that all of the animals are native to Belize, and all were either orphaned, injured or born at the zoo.  You’ll be completely charmed by the quirky Keel-billed Toucans, awed by the powerful Harpy Eagles, mesmerized by the royal Jaguars and entertained by the curious Spider Monkeys.  Many of the animals are shy and wary of people, so sightings in the wild can be rare.  Get to know the creatures of Belize with a visit to The Belize Zoo.

Experience heart-pumping adventure on a jungle zip line

See the jungle the way that the macaws and monkeys do- at speed through the canopy of the trees!  A Belize jungle tour just isn’t complete without a zip line to thrill you and peak your sense of adventure.  Glide through a series of zip lines and platforms through the jungle, along the limestone karst formations and even along a river.  Skilled and experienced guides provide the best in safety, equipment, and of course, fun.  Centrally located, it’s easy to add to other half-day tours, like a visit to the zoo or to a Mayan ruin.  Zip lining is an adventure that you won’t soon forget, and is certainly worth a visit to the jungles of Belize.

Float a lazy river like you'v never seen before on a cave tubing tour

Typical visions of a lazy river will be smashed on this remarkable Belize jungle tour.  Cave tubing lets you take in the vistas of the jungle and the fantastic natural limestone cave formations, without a rigorous hike, while enjoying the cooling waters of the Caves Branch River.  The comfortable tubes, water shoes, headlamps and helmets are provided as part of the tour, along with a tour guide to lead you down the river and through the wet cave system.  As the Caves Branch River wends its way through the interior of Belize’s jungles, it passes through several limestone caves.  The caves are natural formations, carved in geologic time as the water flowed through the limestone rock in the path of least resistance.  During times of low water and regular flow, the river is open for daily cave tubing tours, which are often paired with adventure zip lining, offered in the same area.