Placencia, Belize, is more than just beautiful beaches. It's the perfect starting point for excursions that will thrill any adventurous traveler. Here are the top five adventure trips you can take from Placencia.
1. Explore the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
The world's first jaguar sanctuary is one of the largest and best-known nature preserves in Belize. The sanctuary, which is managed by the Belize Audubon Society, encompasses hundreds of acres of wetlands, savannah, pine forest, watersheds and rainforest. The sanctuary is home to a huge variety of wildlife and birds. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you hike or kayak through the well-marked trails of this preserve.
2. See Monkeys on the Monkey River
The pristine Monkey River is a coastal waterway that runs from Cockscomb Basin to the Caribbean. A ride down this wild, untouched river lets you experience Belize's true nature. Glide through the jungle as you spot crocodiles, hummingbirds, scarlet macaws, toucans, deer, ocelots, tapirs and howler monkeys.
3. Snorkel and Scuba Dive on Laughing Bird Caye and the Silk Cayes
If you picture the ideal tropical island of your dreams, you're probably thinking about the unspoiled, white sand cayes of Belize. The cayes are uninhabited islands that dot the coastline off the Placencia Peninsula. They offer unparalleled snorkeling and scuba diving. Swim among amazing numbers of sea mammals, friendly sharks, and rare fish.
4. Spend a Day Zip-Lining and Waterfall Rappelling
Spend a day of adventure in lush, green Bocawina Park. Start your adventure with the longest zip-line in Belize. The thrills continue with your choice of waterfalls. Beginning rappelers can take a 10-minute hike to the Bocawina Waterfall and take a thrilling 100-foot drop through the rushing water. Experienced rappelers can take a 90-minute jungle hike to reach the Antelope Falls, where you'll enjoy a 250-foot drop through the water.
5. Sample Maya Chocolate
Did you know that Maya chocolate is world-famous? You can sample some as part of this tour. Visit an authentic Maya village where you'll meet a Maya chocolate maker, tour a cacao farm and try your hand at roasting cacao beans. Naturally, you'll have a chance to buy some chocolate to take home with you.