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Mayan Civilzation City, Lamanai, Orange Walk District, Belize

Cayo District

Located in western Belize and home to the country’s capital, Belmopan, the Cayo District borders Guatemala’s department of El Peten, 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, kayak or raft.

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.

Lamanai, Cayo District, Mayan Architecture, Belize
Cayo District, Belize

Our Specialists' "Must Do"

For family holidays to Belize, spend a day tubing on the river, or visit the Belize Zoo, which 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.


What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve Adventure

Visit Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve the oldest and largest park in Belize exploring caves, swim in the crystal blue waters and observe the myriad of tropical birds.

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Cayo Adventure

Be adventurous by tubing through caves, kayak rivers or explore on horseback.

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A True Belize Adventure

Hike through the pristine rainforest and beautiful waterfalls.

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Discover Maya Sites

Explore fascinating, ancient Maya sites in the Cayo District.

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Wildlife in Cayo

Track big cats and discover some of the best bird watching opportunities.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

Aside from the luxury of being able to order a rum in English, James suggests that travellers embark on snorkelling and diving trips off the Caribbean Coast and explore the wonderful Cayes.

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John Faithfull

This quirky English-speaking country holds huge appeal for John, who is at his happiest when swimming and clambering through caves strewn with archaeological relics in Xibalba – the Mayan underworld!

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John tailored the itinerary to our needs and we were delighted with his choice of properties and activities.

Destination: Belize
Travel Expert: John

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