Belize is an Amazing Country !
After a few days of exploring the sights and the sounds of Caye Caulker many of our guests choose to take a reasonably priced water taxi to the mainland and do one or several of the interesting activities available as day trips. The following is a list of just a few of the most popular activities.....
Altun Ha : Altun Ha is a relatively close ancient Mayan Site located about 30 miles north of Belize City. The original site covers an area of about 5 square miles, but the excavated and restored part of the site is only about a mile square. This makes it a relatively easy site to visit for all age groups and different physical abilities. The Mayan site of Altun Ha can easily be combined with 1 or 2 other activities listed below.
Lamanai : Lamanai which means "Submerged Crocodile" in ancient Mayan, was a large Mayan ancient City located about 2 hours North of present day Belize City on the the banks of the New River. After traveling an hour from Caye Caulker to Belize City via water taxi, your prearranged land guide will pick you up at the terminal and drive almost 2 hours to just outside the city of Orange Walk. From there you will be taken by boat up the New River for about an hour until you get to the site. Along the way you will often see crocodiles and various birds as well as some of the indigenous population. After disembarking at the site, your guide will usually break out a picnic lunch and then take you on a guided tour of this amazing ancient Mayan City. Then its back in the boat for some more crocodile hunting on your way back down stream. Your land guide will be waiting at the boat dock, and will whisk you back to the water taxi station and then back to Caye Caulker. This tour will take up most of the day and cannot be combined with any other tours.
Baboon Sanctuary : The Black Howler Monkey Sanctuary (called Baboons by the locals) is located approximately 35 miles northwest of Belize City. It is a unique conservation effort bringing together 8 villages to protect the population and habitat of Belize's Black Howler Monkey. The sanctuary consists of about 20 square miles along the Belize River. After disembarking from the water taxi from Caye Caulker, your guide will start the tour with a drive and tour through Belize City. Then up the northern highway to the “cut off” of Burrell Boom Village. You will then travel to the village of Bermudan Landing along the narrow "Boom road and can often spot the monkeys in the trees along the way. After arriving at the final destination, a local guide will accompany you on some trails where you can view the monkeys in the trees in their natural habitat. This tour can easily be combined with another tour such as Altun Ha or the Belize Zoo.
Cave Tubing : Upon your arrival in Belize City by water taxi from Caye Caulker, your prearranged guide will be waiting for you and will take you by vehicle to the Caves Branch Archeological Reserve which is located about an hour from Belize City. Most Cave Tubing Tours include transportation, life vests, tubes and head lamps, tour guide, national park fee, refreshments and lunch. After reaching the Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve you will hike for about 30 minutes through the Belize Rain Forest and through a couple of dry caves until you come to the opening of the first cave through which the underground Caves Branch river flows. This is where the fun begins as you will begin floating down river through the caves. It's a short but amazing journey of about 45 minutes to an hour to drift slowly through 3 huge different caves. This tour can easily be combined with another tour such as zip lining which is also located at this site or the Belize Zoo.
Belize Zoo : The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is a non-governmental, non-profit organization focused on wildlife conservation through wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education. Located about an hour South-West of Belize City on the Western Highway. It's setting is outdoors upon 29 acres of tropical savanna. It exhibits over 170 animals which represent over 45 species which are all native to Belize. The Zoo keeps animals which were born at the zoo, orphaned, rescued or sent to the zoo as donations from other zoological institutions. The zoo has an excellent trail system and is fully accessible to persons with disabilities. The zoo makes an excellent day tour and can be combined with one or sometimes two other tours. Colinda Cabanas manager "Juan Choco" worked for several months at the Belize Zoo and can provide much practical and useful information about this tour. Be sure to ask Juan about the night the Jaguar almost had him for dinner !
There are several other tours which are a little further out from Belize City which can be accomplished on a day tour by a guided tour or by renting a car. Please ask us about some of these other tours such as the A.T.M. and Xunantunich.