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Lamanai Archeological Site, Orange Walk District, Belize

Orange Walk District

Located in northern Belize, the Orange Walk District is home to steamy jungle rivers, a wide variety of wildlife, and some of Belize’s most important Maya ruins such as La Milpa, Belize’s third largest Mayan city.

The area is also populated with farms growing Citrus fruits, potatoes and soybeans but the biggest cash crop is sugar cane and the Orange Walk town is even nicknamed ‘Sugar City’. Guests can spend each day and night being an intrepid jungle explorer in search of the incredible wildlife, before returning to a first-class lodge where a delicious organic dinner and a fine bottle of red await.

Keel-Billed Toucan, Belize
Keel-Billed Toucan, Belize

Our Specialists' "Must Do"

The Orange Walk is a remote area and requires substantial travel to reach the remote jungle lodges however, the journey is all part of the fun. For those looking for an off the beaten track holidays to Belize, it is definitely worth the transfer by river and boat, stopping off the incredible Lamanai ruins which were once the biggest and longest inhabited Maya Ceremonial site. The birdlife is amazing here too and it is the area that will give you the best chance of catching a glimpse of the jaguar. And, if budget allows, a charter plane back to the coast is just an incredible way to depart the area and gives you the most wonderful bird’s eye view of the vast jungle.

Experiences

Crocodile Encounter

Night tour with scientists to capture, study and tag the morelot crocodile

Birding

Bird watch by boat and on foot to discover a great range of endemic and migratory species

Jungle Adventure

Stay at fantastically remote luxury jungle lodges with excellent wildlife opportunities including.

Air Boat Adventure

Explore the Orange Walk wetlands on a thrilling air boat ride

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Chan Chich Lodge £££££

  • Belize
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Chan Chich is a jungle lodge located in the lower plaza of an ancient Maya city in a 140-acre private nature reserve in the middle of the rainforest. There are 15 thatch-roof cabanas, all fully screened with ceiling fans and private facilities. All are accessed via shaded stone pathways and each offer spacious accommodation with a walk-in wardrobe large bathroom and a wraparound veranda strung with an oversized hammock.

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Lamanai Outpost Lodge £££££

  • Belize
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Lamanai Outpost Lodge is an amazing jungle hideaway, blending adventure, wildlife and culture with rustic charm and comfort. Lamanai oozes class and style with perfect attention to detail. Perched on a hill overlooking the New River Lagoon, the lodge is also within easy access of the spectacular Maya ruins of the Lamanai Archaeological Reserve. Each of the Outpost’s wooden cabanas has a private bathroom and ceiling fans and has been designed to blend in with the surrounding tropical gardens and lagoon. There is an open-air restaurant serving local cuisine and a bar with panoramic views of the New River Lagoon. The food is exquisite.

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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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Destination: Belize
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