Belize - Attractions
Among the sights are St John's Cathedral (the oldest Anglican church in Central America), and Government House the former residence of the governor-general built in 1814 and now accommodating the House of Culture Museum.
Explore the Cayes
Head offshore to Ambergris Caye's resorts, the islands make ideal bases for diving and snorkelling.
Discover the beauty of the flora in Belize at the San Ignacio Botanical Gardens. Discover the healing herbs of Belize at the Chaa Creek Medicine Trail nearby, or visit the ancient agricultural settlements of the Maya at the nearby archaeological ruins of El Pilar.
Wander through the exquisitely carved Xunantunich ruins, considered some of the most beautiful and intricate in the Maya world.
Visit Altun Ha, a major Mayan ceremonial centre and trading centre in the Classic period (AD 250-900): An extraordinary head of the sun god, ornately carved in jade, was found here and is now a national symbol of Belize.
See local mammals and birds at this world-famous zoo. It has been nicknamed the best little zoo in the world.
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
Enjoy fine views and secluded streams in the 121-hectare (300-acre) Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in the Cayo district. The area contains the Hidden Valley Falls, which plunge 305m (1,000ft) into the valley.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
The 40,500 hectares of tropical forest were set aside in the Maya Mountains in 1984 to protect the jaguar population. Other residents include jaguarundis, howler monkeys and toucans.
The Red-footed booby can be seen at the Half Moon Caye Bird Sanctuary.
Historical boat trip
Take a motorboat up the New River from Orange Walk to Lamanai: The spectacular Mayan citadel ruin sits in its own archaeological reserve, which also contains a museum, the remains of two 16th-century Spanish churches and a 19th-century sugar mill.
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