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Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a tiny English speaking country on the Caribbean coast of Central America. Bordered by Mexico and Guatemala and home to some important Maya archaeological ruins, the country is 60% tropical rainforest with a very rich bio-diversity of plant and animal life. Along the coast, you will find part of the second largest coral reef system in the world, a paradise for snorkelling or diving.

Xunantunich
Located about 70 miles west of Belize City, Xunantunich is one of Belize’s most accessible and impressive Maya archaeological sites. View original carved monuments depicting Maya rulers and warriors in their full regalia.

Lighthouse Reef & the Blue Hole
Enjoy some of the worlds best diving and snorkelling in Belize’s first marine protected area and home to the famous Blue Hole, an enormous sinkhole circular in shape which is the largest natural formation of its kind.

Placencia Peninsula
Relax on some of Belize’s best beaches bordered on one side by a mangrove lagoon and on the other by the Caribbean Sea.  Also an excellent place to enjoy local seafood.

Cocksomb Wildlife Sanctuary 
A haven for nature buffs and one of Belize’s largest protected areas as it is home to the only jaguar conservation project on the planet. The sanctuary includes stunning mountain views, jungle waterfalls and pristine rivers, ideal for tubing.

Lamanai
Explore the most famous and largest archaeological site in northern Belize. Lamanai includes more than 100 minor structures, a ball court and around 12 major buildings, the most well known being the Temple of the Mask.

The best time to visit Belize is in the dry season between January and May with the weather varying depending on the region. The rainy season is between June and Mid November.

 

Currency Belize dollar is the official currency in Belize (currency code BZD)

Language  English remains the official language, but the most diverse language in Belize is Kriol (Belizean Creole).

Social Customs and quirks Belizeans are generally used to tourists and are welcoming however they can also be quite conservative.  It is important to dress respectively when visiting churches.

Festivals & events Belize hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year including its own carnival, sidewalk and arts festival, Lobesterfest and the Cacaofest.

Health* Currently no compulsory health requirements to visit Belize.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Belize Highlands, Islands & Tikal Ruins

Central America 8 Days / 7 Nights

Discover two of the main highlights of Belize and visit the famous ruins of Tikal in Guatemala. Uncover lush rainforests, ancient Mayan civilisations, and...