Adventures in Mainland Belize
There are so many abundant opportunities to enjoy water sports and marine explorations in Belize that many visitors spend their entire vacation underwater. But there are plenty of amazing adventures awaiting you on dry land in Belize as well. Visitors can explore mysterious Mayan ruins, hike through virgin tropical rainforests, descend into ancient caves filled with artifacts from long-gone civilizations, observe more than 500 species of birds, and catch a glimpse of colorful tropical plants and animals.
Laru Beya resort offers a variety of Belize tour packages, all of which come with an experienced local English-speaking guide. Here are a few of the amazing adventures you can experience on dry land in Belize:
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to hundreds of rare jaguars and other species of big cats. Visitors to the sanctuary can also catch a glimpse of the Tapir, the national animal of Belize. More than 290 different species of tropical birds make Cockscomb their home, making the sanctuary one of the premiere birdwatching destinations on the planet.
Monkey River Boat Tour
The Monkey River Tour begins at the Laru Beya marina, and from there passengers will enjoy a 45-minute boat ride through a maze of mangrove forests. Keep an eye peeled for lounging manatees, friendly aquatic mammals often called sea cows. After arriving at the Monkey River Village, the tour continues slowly and languidly, allowing passengers to enjoy wildlife such as iguanas, tropical birds, and, of course, the famous howler monkeys that give the river its name.
Num Li Punit, Lubaantun, and Blue Creek Cave
This Mayan ruin tour combines three of the best destinations that Belize has to offer. Nim Li Punit is a small Mayan ruin that consists of two plazas filled with relics and intricately carved stelae. Lubaantun is a preserved village from the Late Mayan Period, and is the largest Mayan settlement ever discovered in Belize. Visitors can explore the amazing building, constructed from huge limestone blocks meshed seamlessly together without using mortar. The tour finishes in Blue Creek Cave, an ancient sacred ceremonial site for the Mayans. Situated at the edge of a waterfall, the crystal clear pools make for an unbeatable swimming spot.
Tropical Bird Watching
Ornithologists and bird-watching enthusiasts will thrill at the chance to see more than 500 different species of tropical birds that make their home in Belize. The birding tour begins at sunrise, with two stops in the Placencia area. The first stop is at the banana pile, where everything from fly catchers to warblers come to feast. The second stop is at the famous Jaguar Preserve, home to toucans, trogans, motmots, herons, scarlet macaws, and herons.
Xunantunich and Inland Blue Hole
The tour begins with a trip down the Hummingbird Highway, one of the most photogenic roads in the world. The first stop on the tour is at Xunantunich, a major ceremonial center for the ancient Mayan civilization. The grounds consist of six huge squares containing more than 25 temples and palaces. The most famous building is nicknamed The Castle, a huge pyramid towering more than 130 feet high above the city.
After lunch at a jungle restaurant, the tour continues to Blue Hole National Park. Visitors can enjoy a refreshing dip in the beautiful blue waters that give the park its name.
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
Actun Tunichil Muknal, known to locals as the Cave of the Crystal Sepulcher, is one of the most beautiful sites in Belize. Used for sacred ceremonies by the ancient Maya, this huge cave gets its name for the large chamber where Mayan priests performed human sacrifices. Still visible is the skeleton of a teenage girl, her bones now sparkling mystically due to the mineral effects of the water.