5 Incredible Places You Won’t Believe Exist in Belize!
Belize is home to some incredible places on earth!
If you are looking for a vacation destination that offers exciting adventures in one of the most beautiful locations in the world then Belize is the place for you. Take a look at some incredible places that exist in this beautiful country:
1. Mayflower Bocawina National Park
Get off the beaten track! Mayflower Bocawina National Park is located in the Stann Creek District and offers beautiful views of the Maya mountains, waterfalls, walking trails, swimming holes and small Maya sites. About 200 species of birds have been recorded and a vast amount of wildlife spotted in the park such as jaguars, pumas, black howler monkeys, tapirs, pacas, peccaries and anteaters. You may also want to take advantage of the longest zip-line course in Belize located in the park.
2. The Great Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize in the middle of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Formed some 10,000 years ago when jungle and forest covered what is now water. This almost perfectly circular hole is a world-renowned dive site visited by many who are awed at the spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. On a lucky dive you will spot Reef Sharks, Hammer Heads, Lemon Sharks or even Bull Sharks.
3. The Chiquibul Cave System
The Chiquibul Cave System is the longest known network of caves in Central America, and includes the largest known cave room in the Western hemisphere. The caves were carved out by the Chiquibul River which originates in the Maya Mountains of Belize, submerges underground and then re-emerges in Guatemala.
4. Shark Ray Alley
Shark Ray Alley is located in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve which is amongst the most popular diving/snorkeling sites in all of Belize. It may sound a bit scary but the nurse sharks and southern sting rays are pretty harmless as they are already used to people petting and feeding them. You will be amazed by large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda swimming in just a short distance away.
5. Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
The ATM cave as it is locally know is on top of the list of “Sacred Places of a Lifetime” by National Geographic which lists the top ten caves from exotic destinations around the world. This is one of the most impressive and artefact-rich Maya ceremonial caves ever found. The ATM Cave is home to the famous “Crystal Maiden” the intact skeleton of a young female that, due to a covering of calcium carbonate, sparkles eerily in the lamp light. It is one of Belize’s most impressive adventure experiences.