An Action-Packed Belize Escape
A country in the between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is a well-known hub for travel adventurers. Rafting, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, diving, trekking and exploring caves are just a few of the activities this country has to offer. When you are the type who always craves for adventures, you’ll definitely have one problem the minute you step on the staggering landscape of Belize-which activity should you do first.
In a single day however, you can scuba dive Belize’s barrier reef, explore the isolated islands in a charted sailboat and at night still have time to enjoy seafood dinner and try out Belize’s exotic seaweed shake. Meanwhile, those who are brave enough to swim amongst sharks and stingrays, Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s won’t be a disappointment. On some other days, you should not miss going deep-sea fishing or visit the famous blue hole up close; it does not only look great from the air, its got enough charm for a scuba dive or snorkel as well.
Belize is also known for a maze of caves and one of the best ways to explore these is through inner tubes. Hoping on one with a flashlight is a quick way through the caves; if not easy. Of course, there are kayak tours that provide much more challenge and walking tours that will allow you to explore hidden relics.
Just a stone throw away are the villages of the Maya people and their ancient ruins. The year 2012 makes it a particularly interesting year to explore the Mayan culture, especially the famed Maya calendar. Caracol is an archeological site that should not be missed; its highest peak Ca’ana is not only the site of the largest temple but affords one a spectacular view of the rainforest below. Indeed the climb can be a challenge but the untamed rainforest of Belize can be worth it.
A true Mayan culture exposure should however not be limited to visiting archaeological sites. There are plenty more activities to consider that will immerse one in the preserved culture of the Mayan people. A visit to a Mayan kiln offers an opportunity to learn pottery while visits to a village will reveal how a traditional rice and bean dish is prepared.
With a stunning Caribbean beach, colorful reef, untamed rainforests and mysterious caves, there is no mystery as to why Belize is a mecca for adventurists. The country welcomes a large tourist crowd from November to May when it’s cold in most countries up north; ideally, these are also the best times to visit.
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