Belize is a small country, but it is jam-packed with exciting things to do and see.
Here are just a few of the amazing tours you can enjoy on your vacation in Belize
In the local Mayan dialect, the name Actun Tunichil Muknal means the Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre. Better known as ATM Cave, this unique underground structure lay untouched for more than 1,000 years. Long before the Europeans arrived, the ancient Maya people in Belize used the ATM Cave to conduct sacred religious rites, including human sacrifices.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Measuring more than 150 square miles (400 square km) in size, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) in southeastern Belize is a vast, trackless wilderness that is home to a variety of exotic plants, animals, and birds. But, perhaps, the best-known denizens of the CBWS are the more than 200 indigenous jaguars that call the area home, each one carefully monitored by a team of elite scientists.
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech
Once bigger metropolises than Rome or London, the ancient Maya cities of Cahal Pech and Xunantunich are truly impressive testaments to the architectural prowess of the ancients.
Cahal Pech, which now sits just across the river from the modern-day town of Santa Elena, is a cliffside residence that was once home to ancient Maya nobles and elites. Xunantunich, located near the border with Belize, was once home to a quarter of a million people and several impressive buildings, including El Castillo (The Castle), a huge temple that is still the second-largest structure in the country.
Garifuna Cultural Tour
The Garifuna comprise just 4% of Belize's population but are one of the most interesting cultures on the planet. Four hundred years ago, a small group of enslaved Africans survived a shipwreck near the island of St. Vincent. They then intermarried with local islanders before fleeing European slavers. Arriving in Belize some 200 years ago, the Garifuna have carefully preserved their ancient traditions of music, dance, drumming, and food.
It's no accident that the Monkey River is named for its loudest residents, large troops of black howler monkeys whose cries can be heard from miles away. Boat tours along the Monkey River are a great way to learn more about the indigenous plants and animals in the country.
Untame Belize offers tours to all of the above destinations as well as a variety of other exciting activities and adventures on both land and sea. If you're heading to Belize for your vacation, be sure to make your reservations with Untame Belize.