Summer’s here and the preparations for a Belize family vacation are underway. To make the planning process easier, we prepared a list of the top inland experiences to include in your family bucket list. For the young or old, for families looking for a sense of adventure or, just looking to relax and be pampered— here’s some of our favourites!
VISIT THE PAST, VISIT A MAYA RUIN
Xunantunich. Cahal Pech. Caracol. Gear up your family and take a time capsule.
Xunantunich Maya Ruin
Why you should do it: Learn about old-school infrastructure, culture, and history of the ancient Maya. Here, you’ll get a first-hand account of a civilization that existed from 2000BCE-200CE and witness surrounding views of tropical rainforest from atop the temples. Other perks of the Belize Maya ruins include sights and sounds of resident wildlife such as birds, Spider Monkeys, and Howler Monkeys. A fun-filled history class for the entire family!
GET CLOSE TO IGUANAS
Ranked as the #1 Activity in San Ignacio Town for 8 years in a row by TripAdvisor.
Green Iguana Conservation Project
Why you should do it: The tour is informative and exciting. Located at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, the Green Iguana Conservation Project aims to conserve and educate visitors about the Green Iguana specie.
Feed them, pet them, learn about their biology. Take one-of-a-kind pictures with these prominent creatures who are always up to meeting new friends. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to capture an unconventional family portrait!
Walking, tubing, swimming, hiking, crawling—you name it!
Barton Creek Cave
Why you should visit: The Belize cave systems contain extensive collections of pottery, artifacts and even skeletal remains found beneath the dense tropical rainforest. You’ll become mystified by the mysteries of the Maya Underworld as you collect new stories for the family scrapbook.
THE MIGHTY JUNGLE
Reconnecting with Mother Earth.
Horseback Riding in Belize
Why you should do it: Experience the jungle in a variety of ways.
If you want thrill and adrenaline, saddle up the troops and take a horseback riding tour alongside the river, try out an exhilarating zip lining adventure, or even the Black Hole Drop (NOTE: this one is for the brave ones!).
But if you’re looking for something on the peaceful side, take a stroll at the Belize Botanical Gardens and learn about our Jewel’s floral diversity and how plants are used for medicinal purposes.
PEACE WITH THE BIRDS
Belize is a nature lover’s paradise. The little Jewel boasts an approximate of 590 tropical bird species!
Birding in Belize
Why you should do it: It’s a great family adventure where you will witness the plethora of lively birds that will bring serenity and peace to your day. Enjoy a “dining with the birds” experience as you eat breakfast outdoors of the Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant or, get the Bird List and see how many species you can tick off during an on-site birdwatching tour.
GO WITH THE FLOW
Relax underneath the sunshine as you float down the Macal River.
Why you should do it: Canoeing gives you a unique look into the ecology and geology of the San Ignacio area. What is great about Belize canoeing is that you don’t need any level of expertise so it is a fantastic adventure for beginners and family members of all ages!
GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR WILD SIDE
Known as “the happiest zoo in the world”, the Belize Zoo features over 170 animals.
The Belize Zoo
Why you should do it: It’s a great opportunity to get to know the resident wildlife. The animals are housed in au naturel concept zoo that makes it seem like you’re walking through a jungle trail.
But the most enchanting feature of this place is that all animals are orphaned, rescued, rehabilitated, or born at the zoo—family adventures with a conservation twist.
To help you get the most out of your inland Belize trip, take advantage and contact us to book your stay at San Ignacio Resort Hotel! We’re family-owned and family-friendly!