Side view of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Belize is located in Central America. Bordered by Guatemala and the southern edge of Mexico, it has a long coastline to the Caribbean Sea. Home to approximately 330,000 people, the official language is English though Creole, Spanish, Maya & Garifuna are also spoken languages. Belize is known for the Great Blue Hole, having the second largest barrier reef in the world, and for the several spectacular Mayan ruins that occupy its jungles.
Belize is at the top of every adventure addicts Bucket List as there are different experiences in each region. We will be featuring several articles in a series that tap into the array of types of experiences one can have in this stunning destination.
Here are the top 3 travel adventures in Inland Belize!
Best view of the Mayan ruins in by UltraLight!
One of the most spectacular & accessible Mayan ruins in Belize is Xunantunich. This architectural wonder is set on a leveled hilltop and is reached by crossing the Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry. The ruins are impressive when viewed from the ground but the sheer size and magnificence is not fully comprehended until seen from the sky. A birdís eye view from a gliding ultralight is the best way to fully experience the wonder of the ancient Mayan Civilizations. Thereís nothing like reaching a height of 3,000 feet when the pilot turns off the engine, and one gently glides over the ruins in absolute silence. With just the feeling on the wind hitting your face itís an epic way to cruise the sights,†Certified Jetaholic style! For your bravery & fantastic photos youíll be entitled to some serious bragging rights!
Top Pick: †Pilot Robert Combs from Ultralight Adventures Belize Near San Ignacio.
Beautiful jungle views – on a horseback or during a hike
A thrilling way to explore the spectacular caves that Belize are known for, Cave Tubing is an adventure that entails a tube, lots of gushing water and a group of your favorite friends.†As youíre perched on the tube, it floats down stream into an underground network of different caves.
There will be encounters with strange fish, carved Mayan murals and possibly a few-w ancient artifacts. Be sure to wear a swimsuit, as you are sure to be tumbled into some cold water. Itís a terrific way to learn about the culture & history in a way that will be sure to get your heart racing. Itís one wet & wild ride!
Top Pick: †Cave – Tubing. A little gimmicky but they have the experience as they do lots of tours.
Riding a Stallion in the Jungle
Itís not as saucy as it sounds but riding a horse through the jungle is still a heart pounding adventure. †A local guide will lead the tour through the dense jungle as he points our local trees & plants indigenous to that specific area. Many Belizeans still make use of the healing plants found in the jungle for traditional healing practices. †The guide will point out which trees are vital to survival such as the Water Vine. Itís a fantastic way to explore the jungle while still a safe distance away from the tarantulas and snakes. You might even hear a Holler Monkey!
Top Pick: Horseback riding at Chaa Creek. The pioneer resort for Eco- Tourism in Belize. They know how to take care of their animals & their guests.
Stay tuned for the follow-up article that dives into Belizean sun, sand and all there’s to see under the sea!