Lamanai, Cayo District, Mayan Architecture, Belize

Cayo District

Why you should visit the Cayo District in Belize

  • Discover some of Belize’s most rugged terrain
  • Hike through the pristine rainforest and beautiful waterfalls
  • Visit Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve the oldest and largest park in Belize
  • Be adventurous by tubing through caves, kayak rivers or explore on horseback
  • Explore fascinating ancient Maya sites
  • Cayo is wonderful for bird watching opportunities and tracking big cats

Our specialists 'Must Do'

For family holidays to Belize, John says a day tubing on the river is huge fun and very refreshing, or a visit to the Belize Zoo is a great day trip.  

We love the site of Caracol for its beautiful location set high up on a plateau, 500 metres above sea level, on the edge of the Chiquibul Forest. Discovered in 1998 the site is believed to have been first occupied in the Middle and Late Classic Periods (600-300 BC) and was the home to some 200,000 people at its peak around 700BC. 

A little more about the Cayo District

Located in western Belize and home to the country’s capital, Belmopan, the Cayo District borders Guatemala’s department of El Petén, and is a vast highland stretch of rainforests, cattle ranches and pinelands. The cooler climate here offers some respite from the lowlands and it’s a region to explore the great outdoors on foot, by horse, or kayak, raft, or canoe. At Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve there are caves to explore, cool rivers for swimming, and a vast expanse of forest that is home to a myriad of tropical birds.

If it is culture you are looking for, take time to visit the Maya village of San Antonio or an ancient Maya ruin like Caracol, Belize’s most expansive archaeological site.

When to go to Belize 

The best time for a holiday to Belize is November through to May.

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