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    Visit the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins

    by joiwatani Updated Oct 5, 2011

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    Visit the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins. It takes about 45 minutes from Belize District. There are many vans for rent down at the Belize District. Make sure to pack some snacks or lunch (especially drinks) because soda costs $8.00 there...Also, make sure to wear comfortable shoes. There are no paved ways going to the ruins. Also prepare yourselves for rocky, bumpy roads on the way to Altun Ha! The entrance fee to the Mayan Ruins is $10.00 per person.

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    Scooters

    by heitzenrater Written Apr 28, 2011

    Feeling risky?? If so rent some scooters. One broken mirror, no gas, and almost a flat tire. It truly is an experience. We got pulled over by the police, and then had a cop try and sell us drugs. Make sure you know how to ride one and feel confident in your ability. Its definitely not safe. That said it truly was a lot of fun. Cost was 50$ for an entire day.

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    A Remote Mayan Cave

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of our two prime objectives of staying in the San Ignacio area was to explore a Mayan cave. The particular one that we wanted to see was Actun Tunichil Muknal (known as ATM or 'Cave of the Crystal Maiden') and theTrek Stop owner was able to arrange this for US$60 each, set for the morning after our river tubing .

    Our Mayan guides, Eduard and Gliss turned up in their van and away we went at about 8:30 AM. A few miles short of the Hummingbird Highway near Belmopan, we turned right onto a dirt road and headed south toward the Maya Mountains. We were soon driving through vast fields of vegetables that had been carved out of the jungle along Roaring Creek. It took us about 45 minutes to make the drive to the end of the road (2nd photo), where Sue and I left our set of dry clothes in the van and then set out on foot with Gliss. Because this 40-minute walk involved three fords of Raging Creek, Gliss put our cameras in his waterproof backpack. The first ford was up to our thighs and you had to be careful about your footing on the smooth boulders littering the bottom. It was a pleasant walk through the jungle with Gliss pointing out various things as we zig-zagged twice more across the Creek before reaching the Base camp used by all tour groups (3rd photo). We had a short rest there for a snack from the lunch provided as part of the tour, as well as a toilet stop.

    Once Gliss showed us how to adjust our miner's helmet headlamps, I wandered the short distance over to the mouth of the cave itself. It is shaped like an hour glass, and there was not a large amount of water coming out from the underground stream. However, once standing on the bottom lip at the cave mouth, you have to plunge into a 16 ft (5 m) deep pool and swim for about 35 ft (10 m) in your clothes and sneakers before reaching solid ground that you can climb onto inside the cave. Because of the climbing required on the 600-m trip into the depths of the cave, sometimes over rough rock surfaces, it is recommended to wear sneakers and long trousers.

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    Cave Tubing Belize Style

    by sargentjeff Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This was one of the most memorable things we did on our cruise. We intentionally didn't book the excursion on the Carnival ship, as they double the prices on everything. Immediately after we reached the pier by tender locals approached us about cave tubing. I had read many great reviews of this prior to the cruise, so knew it was something we wanted to do. They even gave us an extra $10 discount, making it $55 a person for the four hour trip.
    You start out by taking a small bus ride from Belize City about 35 miles inland. Our guide, Rudy, was fantastic and explained more than you'd ever imagine about Belize.
    Anyway, during the trip on one of the two major highways in the country we passed several villages, including Hattieville, which was built after Hurricane Hattie wiped out much of Belize City. We also passed the Belize Zoo, which houses hundreds of animals in a natural environment (meaning no cages).
    After pulling off the paved road we continued about 5 miles on the most bumpy road I've ever been on. Rudy stopped along the way to pick a Cashew Apple, which I got to try. It tasted like nothing else I've ever tried, and Rudy explained the hard thing on the top was actually a cashew. He said you have to roast it for quite a while to get the nut out, and it's a very tedious process. No wonder cashews are so expensive.
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    Birding at La Milpa Field Station

    by no1birdlady Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A group of us from our local Audubon Society took a birding trip to Belize. We stayed in cabanas with thatched roofs here at this field station in a conservation area operated by the Programme for Belize. The birds here are incredible and are right outside your cabanas. We also hiked many trails in the surrounding area and saw Black Howler Monkeys as well as birds such as Red-lored Parrots and Keel-billed Toucans. We had a local guide with us who was wonderful at finding the birds. The rooms are a bit "rustic" and beds had mosquito nets to put over you at night but being right in the middle of the jungle was an experience not to be missed. Food prepared by local women was served in a dining hall and was very good.

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    Explore the Jungle

    by EGitan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ians Cave Branch adventures offers a number of outdoor adventure activities located in the middle of the jungle. Night walks, cave rafting, rapelling down into the jungle through the canopy 500 ft after a very long jungle trek was an amazing experience. The guide was very experienced and at the end a delicious meal awaited us.
    Drink lots of water and watch out for the bastard trees!

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    See the Manatees

    by kyoub Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    These curious mammals will come right up to the boat, where one can take pictures or simply view them. It is guaranteed that you will enjoy, learn and appreciate about the manatee on this trip.
    It was a cloudy morning when we went out to see the Manatees so visability was not great but we did see a couple.

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    SUNSET YOGA

    by belize09 Written Dec 7, 2010

    You should try a YOGA CLASS with Jessy at the Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel Roof Top! You do not have to be staying at the hotel to enjoy a full YOGA LEsson....It is an amazing experience...calming and relaxing with a splended view of the sun setting in the distance right infront of you!

    Its Yoga By DONATION!

    Jessie Wigh

    Caye Caulker

    664-9444 randomyoga.com

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    Fishing around the island of Caye Caulker

    by belize09 Written Dec 7, 2010

    While you are in Caye Caulker, one of the best things you can do is bring along your reel and or if you do not own any, then you can ask around for fishing tour guides who will give your trip an extra boost! Go out to explore the waters around the island by going fishing either for snappers, groupers or some specific fish.You will enjoy getting of the island. One of the best tour guides that is also family oriented and is passionate about fishing is a guide by the name of Esley! He has taken out so many different tourists family, couples and individuals who always has the best time and they come back after a long day of fishing with an amazing experience. You can email him @ esleyusherfishingtours@live.com
    You can ask to go fishing for half day or a full day! deep sea or reef fishing!

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    Myan Ruins

    by livinmydreams Written Nov 18, 2010

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    These are the 1st Myan Ruins I have seen, they are raelly pretty, not really large in comparison to others but great non the less. The drive is kind of long, we did it on our way to the jungle reserve and it made a great trip. See my other tip on the jungle reserve for more details.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE - just don't do what I did and leave a pair of Dior sunglasses at the top! Nothing like leaving a sacrafice for the gods!!!!

    This beow taken from: http://www.destination360.com/central-america/belize/altun-ha

    We had the ruins almost to ourself then a bus of kids showed up. The little shops in front are the typical touristing stuff. The grounds only take about an hour to really explore. Definately need a rental car or a tour to take you. We took a rental car, easy to find. The roads are not great but nothing the "off the beaten path" traveler can't deal with.

    The Altun Ha Mayan ruins in northern Belize are found just 30 miles to the north of Belize City, and are certainly worth a visit if you are staying at one of the Belize City hotels. The site of the ruins at Altun Ha is small compared to some of the other Belize Maya sites, but the fact that it is so easy to get to from Belize City makes it a popular visit. It's surviving pyramid-temples are quite impressive, though they might not be the tallest, and climbing them affords some interesting views of the surrounding jungle. A good amount of the Altun Ha ruins have yet to be uncovered, and what you'll find currently exposed here are only some main structures. While you can get a rental car and head here yourself, it's best to get a guide who can take you. Not only can you sit back and enjoy the ride without worrying about directions and such, but you'll also have someone to tell you all about the things you are looking at.

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    Jungle fun

    by livinmydreams Updated Nov 18, 2010

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    We drove from Belize City took the Old Highway, stopped at Altun Ha to visite the ruins for about an hour and then drove to Orange Walk where we spent the night. The next day we drove to La Milpa and stayed at the La Milpa Lodge. This is a really nice rustic lodge and we wehre the only guest there. They have dorm style housing and seperate bungaloos. The food is great, the grounds are great with wild turkeys and deer roaming around all the time. We where surrounded by jungle and able to get out in the jungle to check out the ruins. The ruins are not unearthed but it was so pretty back there hanging out, jungle, ruins, howler monkeys making their lowd calls, spider monkeys swinging by checking us out....... There is one ruin there about a 5 minute walk from where you enter the trail that you can climb up with the help of a tree root system and a rope, it's a must do if you can. It is steep but worth the struggle up and a lot of fun.

    Make sure to drive to the end of the road that goes past La Milpa, that is the best place to see a wild cat. The naturalist at our place only sees about one a year. We drove the road and wehre lucky enought to see two pumas (the look just like mountain lions) we saw them after the gate that is about 6 miles past our lodge.

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  • Cave Tubing :)

    by moorebetter Written Oct 12, 2010

    We traveled to Belize on a cruise ship for a day. While in the city we took a tour with Major Tom and Minor Tom!
    We had a great time We boarded a bus took a 45 min ride and a short hike to the river, once at the river we jumped on our tubes and floated down the river. Inside the caves you see formations and waterfalls!!!! AMAZING!
    We also got to jump off rocks into the river and slash other tour groups!

    at the end of the tour we were served lunch (chicken, rice and cole slaw yummy!)

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  • Fishing and Diving in Belize

    by tahoe_california Written May 22, 2010

    Joy Tours made our experience in Placencia. Tuka and Evan took us 24 miles to the reef wall. It is the second largest to the Great Barrier Reef and they say it has more life than Australia's. We caught barracuda, bonito, mackerel, yellow tail snapper, king fish, and black grouper. The price was reasonable and I highly doubt these guys made any profit off of us. We spent all day fishing and had the time of our lives. They were very friendly, as well as informative and answered all of our questions about Belize. Delicious salad, chicken, potatoes, and fruit were provided as we spent lunch on an amazing caye. A constant "fish on" with so much variety. An opportunity to spend a day with this outfit is not to be missed. The service is unparalleled.

    Tuff E Nuff Ambergris Caye: Whatever you do, use them.. a lot! The service that we received from Tuff E Nuff was impeccable. Who would guess that with absolutely no previous experience whatsoever we were able to go scuba diving down to 30 feet and experience the Hol Chan Marine Reserve up close and personal. A shark attacking a conch, turtles up to the size of a VW bug, rays, eel, and all the colorful fish and coral that you can imagine. The highlight for me was swimming with a huge school of Tarpon. It would not have been the same without Billy who made us so comfortable. His unwavering patience is something I most certainly aspire to attain someday. Irwin even took the time to make our dinner reservations. Tuff E Nuff is far more than good enough.

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    Bermudian Babboon Sanctuary

    by roamer61 Written May 4, 2010

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    In Belize, they call the Yucatan Black Howler Monkey Baboons. I dont know why. At this sanctuary, you can see colonies of these wild monkey quite easily and many are used to humans. So with your guide, you can feed and interact with many of them.

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    Mountain Pine Ridge

    by roamer61 Written May 4, 2010

    This vast natural area is on many itineraries as its rich in wildlife, caves and you pass through on the way to Caracol. There are also spectacular vistas and waterfalls. All of this makes it a naturalists dream.

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