The Cayo District

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Cayo District - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Río Frio Caves

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    These caves are only a few miles by car down a steep track, but ecologically speaking, they are in a different world. In the course of a few...Read More

  • 13. St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Less than a half hour south of Belmopan, the 575-acre St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park has a natural turquoise pool surrounded by mosses...Read More

  • 14. Tropical Wings

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Besides thoughtful displays on the Cayo flora and fauna, Tropical Wings, a little nature center, raises about 20 species of butterfly including...Read More

  • 15. Xunantunich

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    One of the most accessible Mayan sites in Belize, Xunantunich, (pronounced shoo-nan-too-nitch) , is located on a hilltop site above the Mopan...Read More

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