The Toledo District of Belize is sometimes called "the forgotten land," but this wild, pristine region of southern Belize offers something special to adventurous travelers.
The southern part of Belize is home to seven major national parks, marine reserves and other areas dedicated to protecting the wildlife, native vegetation, fish and marine mammals of Belize. It's filled with incredible scenery including rainforests, mountains, caves, waterfalls, and riverbanks.
Be prepared to encounter nature in its purest state. If you need luxurious accommodations and high-class tourist amenities, this is not the trip for you. If you're ready to see nature in its pure form and meet local people who live a simple, rural lifestyle, you will enjoy this tour.
Things to See and Do
What will you see in the Toledo District? Here are some highlights of the region.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: The world's first jaguar sanctuary, this spectacularly scenic preserve includes over 200 square miles of protected areas. Hike, canoe or walk through protected rainforest habitat where you'll see wildlife, exotic birds, stunning waterfalls, amazing views of the Maya Mountains and more.
Monkey River: The clear blue waters of this river will take you on one of Belize's most scenic tours. You'll pass through a preferred habitat of Belize's famous howler monkeys, who will cheer you on as you glide by.
Nim Li Punit and Lubantuum Maya Ruins: Take a jungle trek to the ruins, hike the pyramids and learn about the Maya. The Maya built magnificent city-states in Belize, and visiting these ruins is an impressive experience.
Maya Chocolate Farm: If you love chocolate, it's time to learn more about Maya chocolate, which has become internationally recognized for its quality. On this tour, you'll visit a cacao plantation where some of Belize's finest Maya chocolate is produced.
Bocawina National Park: A birder's paradise, this rainforest preserve is also home to the longest jungle zip-line in Belize. There's nothing like zip-lining through five miles of the rainforest while exotic birds fly around you.
Offshore Cayes: Laughing Bird Caye and the Silk Cayes are uninhabited, undeveloped tropical islands on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef. They provide some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world.