The Past in Our Present

Maya Heartland

No matter what vacation you take in Belize, our history is there. Ancient Maya temples are hidden throughout the country, leaving glimpses of the past you can discover for yourself. The temples you’ll find here make for a vacation unlike any you’ve taken before.

Belize is thought to be the heart of the Maya civilization that dominated Central America during its height, due to the number and concentration of temples compared to other regions. The Maya left behind 1,400 recorded sites and an incredible amount of evidence of their presence in Belize, including ceremonial temples, structures and artwork made of jade, stone and clay.

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1,400 Recorded Maya Sites
Archaeology

Archaeologists and students from all over the world come to Belize each year to study clues left behind from this ancient civilization.

The Maya Civilization Dominated Central America From 250–900 AD
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You can find many of the artifacts and works of art on display in the Museum of Belize in Belize City, including the largest carved jade object ever discovered.

Activities

Don't just see the wonder of Belize, Experience it.

Explore the mysteries of the underworld...

We have thousands of caves in Belize. They range from easy walks to challenging hikes that can often turn into squeezes, crawls, climbs, rappels and swims. Choose your cave accordingly.

In most caves,...

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Grab your oar and get out there.

Whether you’re a beginner at canoeing or really know your way around a boat, we have the waterways for any paddling traveler. Tour companies and jungle lodges also cater to canoe travelers, with some...

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The big ones are always biting in Belize.

From spi to fly to trolling, our abundance of game fish guarantees excellent sport fishing all year round. Since many rivers empty into the Caribbean Sea, you’re practically guaranteed a daily catch,...

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Attractions

Put these sites on your list, you won't regret it.

Nohock Che'en Caves Branch Archeological Reserve

Grab an inner tube and take a float through the Caves Branch River. The Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve is home to caves the ancient Maya held sacred. Tours run daily, so stop by—or...

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George Price Center

Want to learn about our founding father? Head to the George Price Center for Peace and Development to explore how Belize became Belize. It has a museum, library and cultural center.

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Cultural Heritage Trail Tour

Walk through the old Benque and get to know the ancient Mayan, which lived here more than 2000 years ago. The tour leads through parts of the rainforest where you can see the river Mopan. You will...

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Perspective

Your curated guide to Belize

8 Unique Belize Wildlife Experiences

If there’s two things we’re known for in Belize they’re one: our reef and two: our fauna. Gratefully, travelers can experience both of these in (careful) abundance. With our preservation efforts...

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Photo Guide to Caye Caulker

Backpacker’s paradise, most Instagrammable island, the ‘Go Slow’ caye – Caye Caulker goes by many names but we will be focusing on its affinity to be wallpaper-worthy. From the moment you dock at the...

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What to Wear for 1 Week in Belize

Packing for a tropical destination is often a no-brainer; shorts and flip flops usually cut it, but in Belize where there are a variety of activities to fill up your time its wise to always be...

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Events

International Costa Maya Festival 2018  | 1

International Costa Maya Festival 2018

By now Belize is known for its umpteen festivals – food, culture, you name it – and the International Costa Maya Festival is no doubt the highlight of the country’s “La Isla Bonita.” Otherwise known...

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Taste of Belize 2018 | 1

Taste of Belize 2018 features best of Belizean Cuisine

Belize continues to thrive in the culinary scene and those dabbing in the art of gastronomy are now able to witness up front nouvelle Belizean cuisine. Taste of Belize, held every two years, is a...

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Placencia Lobster Fest 2018 | 1

Placencia Lobster Fest reels in the masses

For 18 savory years, the not-so-lowly lobster has graced our palates in extravagant ways at every annual Lobster Fest held in Placencia. Spanning three days, this food festival has only grown over the...

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