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Introducing Cayo District

Conjure up images of a tropical paradise and Cayo District will fit the bill nicely. Once a part of the ancient Mayan world, this stunning slice of west Belize is a wildlife and sports lovers’ playground. Rich in atmospheric underground caves, it’s also packed with nature reserves and thundering waterfalls, archaeological sites and tropical birds. Many of its gems are off the beaten track, making Cayo District the gateway to an adrenaline-filled adventure. 


Things To Do

Cayo is home to some of Belize’s most important archaeological sites, including Caracol, the largest in the country. Gaze up at ancient temples reaching to the sky, or climb to the top of El Castillo at Xunantunich for spectacular wraparound views. For a historical experience like no other, visit the otherworldly Actun Tunichil Muknal caves, where you can see eerie skeletal remains and swim in iridescent waters. 

With its lush rainforests and miles of tangled jungle, Cayo District puts nature centre stage. Get a snapshot of the region’s rare orchids at the Belize Botanic Gardens in San Ignacio. Or strap up your boots and try to spot one of the country’s 550 bird species on a jungle hike. Somewhere like the Big Rock Falls is the perfect place to cool down – just remember to pack your swimsuit with your binoculars. 

If you’d like to keep that swimsuit on – and dial up the adrenaline while you’re at it – try canoeing, kayaking, rafting or tubing down one of the region’s many beautiful rivers. You can also approach the ancient Mayan ruins on horseback, accompanied by a local guide, or explore the many hiking trails in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest. For the ultimate Belizean experience, get your heart racing and go ziplining above the treetops.  


Top Tip from SLH

Cayo District’s labyrinth of fascinating caves are irresistible to travellers – but remember, you’ll need to visit most of them on a guided tour.