Belize is a relatively small country but it has been blessed with an abundance of beautiful natural landscapes and an incredibly diverse ecosystem. Approximately the same size as the state of Vermont, Belize has mountains, savannahs, wetlands, rainforests, jungles, beaches, and hundreds of offshore islands that are home to more than 500 species of birds, 300 species of fish, and hundreds of exotic species of flora and fauna.
Here is a brief sampling of the beautiful nature tours that you can enjoy while in Belize:
Located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, these two waterfalls provide a stunning vista ideal for picnics or relaxing. The plunge pools beneath the waterfalls make for some excellent swimming, and there are plenty of gorgeous panoramas and wildlife on display throughout the reserve.
All of these attractions can be conveniently seen during a single day trip, making them a wonderful introduction to the beauty of nature in Belize. Thousand Foot Falls (actually 1,600 feet high) is the highest waterfall in Central America while Rio on Pools is a slightly smaller waterfall with several plunge pools beneath it that are ideal for a refreshing swim on a hot day. The Rio Frio Cave was used by the ancient Maya to bury their loved ones.
Located in the western part of Belize, St. Herman’s National Park is home to two of the country’s most interesting natural features. The Inland Blue Hole is a nearly perfectly circular body of water that has a bright blue hue due to naturally occurring minerals in the water. Just a short hike away is St. Herman’s Cave, a gorgeous underground landscape of sparkling stalactites and stalagmites that have been dazzling visitors for centuries.
Designated by the Audobon Society as an Important Bird Area, Crooked Tree is one of Belize’s most beautiful and diverse national wildlife sanctuaries. While the main draw is the hundreds of interesting and rare birds that can be spotted in this area, Crooked Tree is 16,400 acres of creeks, forest, savannah, and lagoons that are home to animals like Morelet’s crocodile, howler monkeys, and American river turtles.
In Belize, the black howler monkey is known locally as a baboon, and the Community Baboon Sanctuary is a unique nature preserve managed by a voluntary grassroots conservation organization. Beyond its mission to preserve the habitats of the more than 2,000 black howler monkeys that live there, the sanctuary also serves as an education center uniting seven nearby villages in an effort to teach locals and visitors about the beauty and wonder of nature in Belize.
Black Orchid Resort is located on the banks of a pristine river in the village of Burrell Boom just a 20-minute drive from the international airport in Belize City. The resort features luxury rooms, suites, and villas in a gorgeous natural setting just a short distance from the top nature tours in the country.