More to Belize than Beaches and Reefs
We are waiting for you…to show you the other side of Belize
THE CAYO DISTRICT OF BELIZE!
Experience the majestic canopy of the Belize Rainforest
Belize is not just about the Barrier Reef and Beaches: The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Belize are its beautiful Caribbean beaches and the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. But there is so much more to Belize and we are here to tell you about it…please join us and get to know Cayo.
The CAYO DISTRICT
Cayo, a district in western Belize and once the heart of the Belizean Maya world, is the perfect place to learn all about Mayan history hands-on.
If you like climbing, swimming and exploring, you will enjoy Actun Tunichil Muknal, one of the most popular burial sites in Western Belize. Or visit Xunantunich, which in the Mayan language means “Stone Woman”, with its 39m-high El Castillo pyramid and a recently discovered tomb which is the largest Mayan tomb to date of Belize. And don’t miss out Caracol, the country’s largest Mayan ruin in the foothills of the Maya Mountains within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve with its 136 feet high main pyramid Caana, the tallest Mayan building in Belize If your lifestyle includes lots of sports and activities you won’t be disappointed when coming to Cayo. There are different operators who offer zip lining through the jungle, with different difficulty ranges and experienced tour guides who will provide interesting information about the area.
Cave tubing will take you through the Caves Branch River System that flows through different caves, including underground caves used by ancient Mayas, where you can admire stalactites and stalagmites. Other activities include river tubing, hiking and horseback riding, which makes it easy to get to know the country site in all its beauty. Belize is a paradise for bird watchers. It is home to over 570 species of birds such as the roseate spoonbill, Orange-breasted Falcon Jabiru Stork, Scarlet Macaw, Sungrebe, Harpy Eagle, Solitary Eagle, Crested Eagle, Ocellated Turkey and Chestnut-bellied Heron, to name but a few. Twenty-two species of hummingbirds inhabit Belize.
Some of the best Belize bird watching sites are found close to other Belize attractions, which is also true for the above mentioned Mayan ruin Caracol and its surrounding forest. Here you will see numerous tropical forest species, including the keel-billed motmot, violaceous trogon, ocellated turkey, crested guan, and great curassow. Some visitors have even spotted the harpy eagle here.
THE FARMERS MARKET
Don’t forget one place you have to go to in Cayo, is without doubt the farmer’s market in San Ignacio, which is open daily, even though the best day to visit is on Saturdays, when local farmers arrive early in the morning to set up their stands and offer all the tropical fruits you can imagine like mangoes, guavas, papayas, plantains among others as well as clothes, handicrafts like carvings, paintings and handmade soaps, clothes and spices.
AMAZING LOCAL FOOD
And if you would like to enjoy a nice hot meal with papusas and quesadillas, local fruit wines or fresh coconut water you can do so in the company of new and old friends at one of the many pop-up shacks throughout the market. Cayo is beautiful place! We will be happy to help you and your family with any questions you might have, when you decide to just visit or to stay for good. COME ON, We’re waiting for you!!!
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