The Cayo District

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  • 1. Belize Botanic Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    The life's work of Ken duPlooy, an ornithologist who died in 2001, the personable Judy duPlooy, and their family, is the 45-acre Belize Botanic...Read More

  • 2. Caracol

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Once a metropolis with five plazas and 32 large structures covering almost a square mile, Caracol once covered an area larger than present-day...Read More

  • 3. Hummingbird Highway

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    One of the most scenic roadways in Belize, the Hummingbird Highway, a paved two-lane road, runs 54.5 miles (91 km) from the junction of the...Read More

  • 4. San Ignacio Market

    Market/Bazaar

    On Saturday morning, San Ignacio Market comes alive with farmers selling local fruits and vegetables. Vendors also hawk crafts, clothing, and...Read More

  • 5. Spanish Lookout

    Store/Shop/Mall

    The hilltop community of Spanish Lookout, population 3,000, about 5 miles (8 km) north of the George Price Highway, is one of the centers of...Read More

  • 6. Actun Chechem Ha

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    On private land, Actun Chechem Ha, which means "Cave of the Poisonwood Water," is a Mayan burial cave with artifacts that date back three millennia...Read More

  • 7. Barton Creek Cave and Archeological Reserve

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This wet cave, now a part of the Barton Creek Archeological Reserve in a remote area off the Mountain Pine Ridge Road, offers a canoeing adventure...Read More

  • 8. Belize Bird Rescue

    Farm/Ranch

    Focusing on the rescue of parrots, Belize Bird Rescue rehabilitates the birds and, when possible, releases them back in the wild. At any one...Read More

  • 9. Belize Medicinal Plants Trail

    Garden/Arboretum

    Also called the Rainforest Medicine Trail, this trail was originally developed by natural medicine guru Rosita Arvigo and gives you a quick...Read More

  • 10. Benque House of Culture

    Museum/Gallery

    The mission of Benque House of Culture, one of the government-sponsored houses of culture in Belize (others are in Belize City, Orange Walk...Read More

  • 11. Cahal Pech

    Museum/Gallery

    Just at the western edge of San Ignacio, on a tall hill, is a small, intriguing Mayan site, the unfortunately named Cahal Pech ("Place of the...Read More

  • 12. Chaa Creek Natural History Centre & Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm

    Museum/Gallery

    The Natural History Centre at The Lodge at Chaa Creek has a small library and lots of displays on everything from butterflies to snakes (pickled...Read More

  • 13. El Pilar

    Museum/Gallery

    Near the border of Belize and Guatemala, El Pilar is still being excavated under the direction of Anabel Ford, a professor at the University...Read More

  • 14. Five Blues Lake National Park

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    At the 4,000-acre Five Blues Lake National Park, until 2006 you were able to hike 3 miles (5 km) of trails, explore several caves, and canoe...Read More

  • 15. George Price Centre for Peace and Development

    Library/Archive

    A permanent exhibit at this cultural center, library, and museum follows the life story of the Right Honorable George Price as he led the British...Read More

  • 16. Green Hills Butterfly Ranch and Botanical Collections

    Zoo/Aquarium

    The largest and the best of Belize's butterfly farms open to the public, Green Hills has about 30 native species in a huge flight area on display...Read More

  • 17. Guanacaste National Park

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Worth a quick visit on the way in or out of Belmopan is Belize's smallest national park, Guanacaste National Park, named for the huge guanacaste...Read More

  • 18. Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This reserve is a highlight of any journey to Belize and an adventure to explore, although the scenery may remind you more of the piney woods...Read More

  • 19. Noj K'a'ax Meen Elijio Panti National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Named after the famed Guatemala-born herbal healer who died in 1996 at the age of 106, Elijio Panti National Park was a 2001 addition to Belize...Read More

  • 20. Poustinia Land Art Park

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the most unusual and least-known attractions in Belize, Poustinia Land Art Park is a collection of about 30 original works by artists...Read More

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