Hiking in Belize

Routes to Relaxation and Pathways to Adventure

It is a country where a hike can be a walk in the woods—or a whole lot more. There are lowlands jungles where the big cats still roam free, mountain ridges covered in tropical pine forests and river valleys where azure waters surge up from holes in the ground, only to be swallowed again by the dark entrance of a cave. Belize rewards the adventurous trekker with a range of bucket-list experiences, but also offers easier routes for those who just want to escape civilization for a while. And best of all, these adventures can be enjoyed as day trips from many of the country's beachfront resorts.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, from relaxing and beach travelers, to soft and rugged adventurers
  • Best season to visit: Year round, drier from January to June
  • Weather: Belize enjoys a sub-tropical climate moderated by Caribbean sea breezes. Winter temperatures occasionally dip below 70 during northerlies, while summers may reach into the 90s, with increased humidity and rain showers after June

Things to Do

Belize Information

Hiking in Belize Overview

More than 80 percent of Belize remains covered in forests and jungles, and the country has the lowest population density of any nation in Central America. These factors combine to provide hikers with miles of uncrowded trails, and pristine jungle and mountain landscapes to explore.

Hiking in Belize Tips

On many tours, a hike in Belize isn't a journey unto itself, but a means of getting to and back from an adventure such as a cave tour or river swim. When this is the case, you will want to include a towel for drying off and a change of clothes for the return walk.

Best Places for Hiking in Belize

A walk into the heart of the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve leads across a jungle river to the Cave of the Stone Sepulcher. Trekkers can test their nerves with a descent into the Black Hole to explore passages that hold ancient Mayan artifacts. Journey to the source of the Blue Hole River and learn about indigenous medicinal plants along the way. Venture into the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the largest concentration of jungle cats in the world. Ascend into the only true pine forest in all of Central America, the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

What to Pack for Hiking in Belize

Comfortable light-weight long pants for protection from the brush, and a loose-fitting shirt that will provide cooling and allow ample freedom of movement. Moisture wicking and fast-drying fabrics are best. Shoes with a reasonably aggressive tread pattern for traction on muddy trails. Bring plenty of water and bug repellent.

Specials

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Kaana Resort

SAN IGNACIO - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 nights Balam Suite accommodations, continental breakfast daily including coffee & tea (option to add-on full breakfast and dinner daily including one non-alcoholic drink for $729 per person), one bottle of water per person per day, daily bar snacks in the evening, free WiFi, one cave tubing and zipling combo tour, one Xunantunich Maya Ruins tour, roundtrip ground transfers from Belize International Airport, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 12/17/18 & 5/1/19-12/17/19.
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Packages

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Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve

MAINLAND TO AMBERGRIS CAYE - WATERFALL & SUNBREEZE PACKAGE includes 4 nights Estate Room accommodations at Hidden Valley Inn, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, full day tour at Caracol Maya Site with stops at Rio Frio Cave and Rio Hon Pools, choice of Barton Creek Cave canoeing or ½ day Horseback riding, 3 nights accommodations at Sunbreeze Hotel, choice of 2 days of 2-tank local dives for certified divers or one 2 ½ hour snorkel trip and day sail and snorkel Caye Caulker for non-divers, breakfast daily, complimentary use of bikes, roundtrip airport transfers, roundtrip air transfer on Maya Island Air from Belize International to San Pedro, hotel tax and service charges.
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Maruba Resort Jungle Spa

MAINLAND BELIZE - SPA & CULTURE PACKAGE includes Bungalow Luxury accommodations, breakfast, 3-course dinner, 1-mood mud massage 1-seaweed, 3-aromatherapy massages 1-scrub, 1-african honey bee scrub, 1-mood mud wrap, 1-facial, 1-spa mani/pedi, 1-tour of Altun Ha Mayan Ruin, horseback or hike, transfers. Optional add-on Medicinal Safari Hike or Cave Tubing & Zip Lining.
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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

DANGRIGA - ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 night sdventure and dive package includes 7 nights accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, air and ground transportation from Belize International airport to resort, welcome cocktail, 5 adventure days including choice of diving, snorkeling, waterfall hike, Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve Cave and Jungle Experience, Tropical Birding, Jungle River Kayaking or Canoeing or Mayan History Tours, hotel tax and service charges.
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Resorts

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Maruba Resort Jungle Spa

MAINLAND BELIZE - Maruba Resort Jungle Spa is unquestionably the place to be. It is a Hip boutique resort and spa literally where the wild things are. If Tarzan came swinging through on a vine here, no one would blink. He’d stop for a rum punch and a dip in the hot tub. Humming birds swoop from the jungle canopy in this dreamy, romantic, and natural environment. Maruba is a quirky place that sings with nature. It is a distinctive alternative to the local day spa where treatments are derived from a meld of curative powers extracted from the remote jungle with science.
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Kaana Resort

SAN IGNACIO - Ka'ana Resort is Belize's first Small Luxury Hotel of the World. True to its Mayan name 'Ka'ana' meaning, 'heavenly place,' this delightful resort, set in tropical gardens, offers exceptional accommodation in charming cottages with fine dining, superb service and easy access to ancient Mayan sites and numerous thrilling activities. Enjoy the best of Belize - its people, its food, and its attractions at a world class resort.
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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

DANGRIGA - Hamanasi is a boutique hotel on the southern coast of the Belize mainland offering spacious treehouse, beachfront room and honeymoon suite accommodations with handcrafted hardwood furnishings, air conditioning and private porches. From scuba diving Belize’s Great Barrier Reef and Belize's three atolls to climbing Mayan pyramids, hiking through rainforests in search of hidden caves, to birdwatching, Hamanasi resort offers it all at one comfortable, convenient location.
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Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve

MAINLAND - Hidden Valley Inn comprises an estate lodge and just six surrounding cottages, each with two suites, making for a highly personal and exclusive vacation experience. The lodge, once the Main House of the Hidden Valley estate, boasts several fireplace lounges, a handsome bar room that opens to the pool's stone terrace, beautifully surrounded by gardens of orchids, lilies and bromeliads. At night, enjoy the Jacuzzi under Belize's starry skies or cozy up with a book after dinner. The restaurant at Hidden Valley Inn is an epicurean delight reserved for property guests only. Candlelight dinners are best when followed by a nightcap in our cocktail lounge. And after, guests make their way back to their individual cottage where, on cooler evenings, a fire is glowing.In the morning, refreshed and ready to venture out into the broad landscape of Hidden Valley Reserve, guests meet the friendly staff to go over the day's itinerary.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A current passport, valid through your departure date, is required for entry into Belize. Your passport needs to have at least 1 blank page for the entry stamp. Proof of onward or return flights may be required at entry as well. No visa is required for stays less than 30 days. Upon departure from Belize, there is a departure tax of approximately $40.00 U.S. which should be included on your international ticket.

Check the entry/exit requirements here.

Immunizations

There are no required immunizations for entry into Belize, although you should check with your doctor and reference the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations.

Culture and Customs

Belize is a true melting pot of cultures, stretching back to the stone cities of the ancient Maya, and the Arawak roots of the Garfunkel dialect that are still heard through the country. British settlers arrived in the 1600s, and English remains the nation's official language. But Spanish influences are equally prevalent, and Mennonite, Creole, Lebanese, Chinese, and East Indian immigrants have all left their mark on the collective consciousness. Today, they are all just Belizeans, and everyone gets along in a society that places a high value on civility and inclusion. This is a country that doesn't need an excuse to dance and throw a party. Weekends are reason enough for celebration, and dozens of festivals, carnivals and concerts are staged throughout the year. Head up to the country into the rainforest and wooded mountains of the interior and you are in the land of Indiana Jones where thatch-roofed eco lodges serve as base camps for jungle hikes and inner tube drifts through river caves. Head offshore and island times takes over when you land on the offshore cayes. On Ambergris Caye a flipflop and tank top vibe permeates the beach town of San Pedro, where beach bikes are the preferred mode of transportation, and packed-sand streets are fronted by colorfully painted wooden shops and taverns.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Belize electricity is 110 Volt/60 cycles and uses the same plug types as the U.S., so no converters are required.

Belize has a standardized seven-digit phone numbering system and a country code of 501.

Many hotels offer WiFi. Be sure to check with your mobile provider to see if International plans are available for phone and data usage while in Belize.

Water Quality

Bottled water is recommended in Belize and readily available for purchase and also supplied by some resorts.

Language & Currency

English is the official language, but Spanish is widely spoken. Other languages spoken are Maya, Garifuna, and Creole.

The BelizeDdollar (BZD) is pegged to the US dollar at 2:1 - always verify whether you are paying U.S. or Belize Dollars. It's easy to change U.S. dollars just about anywhere.

ATMs are available in many cities and accept major cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Cirrus, although cash will be dispensed in Belize Dollars.

Most businesses will accept U.S. cash without question. They usually give change in Belizean Dollars, though they may return U.S. change if you ask.

Time

Belize is on Central Standard Time, 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-6 GMT). Belize does not observe daylight saving time.

Location, Size and Population

Belize is located on the Eastern coast of Central America, along the Caribbean Coast. Its capital city is Belmopan.

Belize is bounded on the North by Mexico, South, and West by Guatemala, and the beautiful Caribbean Sea washes its 174-mile coastline to the East.

Belize has an area of 8,866 sq. miles including 266 sq. miles of islands.

The population of Belize is 367,177 (2016), while the island of Ambergris caye has an estimated 22,000, the area of Placencia approximately 1,500 and the area of Dangriga close to 10,000.