Jaw Dropping Photography from Around Belize
Here is a gallery of gorgeous photographs from around Belize. Which photo is your favorite?
Actun Tunichil Muknal
Actun Tunichil Muknal, also known locally as “Xibalba” or ATM, is a cave in Belize, near San Ignacio, Cayo District, notable as a Maya archaeological site that includes skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek
The Lodge at Chaa Creek is an eco-resort and 365 acre private nature reserve located in the Cayo District of Belize, Central America. Established as a small family farm in 1981, it has grown to be one of Belize’s most recognised resorts. It has also received international recognition as a model for sustainable tourism and responsible travel by Conde Nast, National Geographic Adventure, Travel and Leisure magazines, and other publications and organisations. Chaa Creek runs educational and natural history programs with a focus on Belize Maya culture and civilization.
Belize Whale Sharks
One of Belize’s lesser known but most stunning attractions is the annual whale shark migration that returns to Gladden Spit over the next few months.
Beginning in March and running through April, May, June and sometimes further into the summer, the annual migration of these gentle giants to Belize is a rare, truly magnificent sight. In fact, Belize shares the distinction of hosting whale shark migration feasts with only a handful of other places in the world, including Madagascar, South Africa, Australia, Mozambique, Indonesia and the Yucatan.
Caves Branch Cave
Caves Branch Cave is one of several subterranean sites that were carved out of the limestone foothills of the Maya Mountains by the very active Caves Branch River. The site provides an excellent example of the erosive power of water, and the natural wonders of Belize.
Archaeological investigations in Caves Branch Cave indicate that the ancient Maya utilized the site for several hundred years. Between 300 and 900 A.D., they made regular pilgrimages to the site in an effort to petition their gods to nourish their fields, to provide bountiful crops, game and sustenance, and to request stability in a very volatile world.
The Great Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole is a popular spot for recreational scuba divers who are lured by the opportunity to dive in turquoise water and meet a cadre of fish including gigantic groupers, nurse sharks and many types of reef sharks such as the Caribbean reef shark and the Black tip Shark.
Dive trips to the Great Blue Hole are full day trips which include one dive in the Blue Hole and two further dives in the nearby Barrier reef.
The Great Blue hole was formed during several episodes of quaternary glaciations when sea levels were much lower and the analysis of stalactites found shows that formation took place 153,000, 66,000 and 15,000 years ago.
The Great Blue is also a part of the Belize Barrier Reef System which is a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
The Jaguar of Belize
The Jaguar is the largest and most powerful cat in the Western Hemisphere, and the third largest of the roaring cats (Panthera). They are found throughout Belize in the lowland forests and along the coasts. Adult jaguars are solitary and only come together for a short time to breed. The size of a jaguars territory depends on food availability. In a forest such as the Cockscomb Basin, a jaguar will roam over a territory of about 20 square kilometers.
Altun Ha Belize
Altun Ha is an ancient Maya city in Belize that is located in the Belize District about 30 miles north of Belize City and about 6 miles west of the shore of the Caribbean Sea. The site covers an area of about 5 miles square. The ruins of the ancient structures had their stones reused for residential construction of the agricultural village of Rockstone Pond in modern times, but the ancient site did not come to the attention of archeologists until 1963.
Ambergris Caye Belize
Ambergris Caye (pronounced either am-BUR-gris key or am-BUR-grease key) is the largest island in Belize that stretches along the Belize Barrier reef all the way to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. San Pedro is the island’s biggest settlement and is home to the majority of the island’s restaurants, bars, stores and hotels.
Like other Belize cayes, Ambergris Caye is a fantastic destination for water sports, especially snorkeling and scuba di Scuba diving. Many travelers also use the island as a base for exploring other Belize islands, and even attractions on the mainland like Altun Ha and the Belize caves.
While tourists often flock to Belize to swim and dive in its warm Caribbean waters, those who venture inland can explore a lush rainforest densely populated with thousands of species of plants and animals, some unique to the area. About half of Belize is covered by jungle and you can take several tours into the rainforest to observe its flora and fauna.
Belizean cuisine has been described as an amalgamation of all ethnicities since the food is some of Central America’s most varied. When you visit Belize, a distinctively noticeable characteristic is the countless influences that are incorporated into the food. Offering an eclectic fusion of Caribbean, Mexican and European cuisines — food in Belize is fit for any appetite.
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