Best of Belize’s Cayo District
Medicinal Jungle Trail and Iguana Exhibit: A pleasant and informative guided walk, it’s less than an hour long and a short walk from downtown San Ignacio.
Cahal Pech Archaeological Site: The site is unique for both its archaeological intrigue and its location within the city limits of San Ignacio, and the walk up the hill is well worth it.
Actun Tunichil Muknal: Spelunk it in any of Cayo’s fascinating caves, especially this one. The “Cave of the Crystal Maiden” is the wettest, dirtiest, most adventurous underground trip available. More caving action is available at Barton Creek, Río Frio, and Chechem Ha Caves.
Belize Botanic Gardens: This unique, low-key attraction features hiking trails through a variety of habitats; the operation is totally organic (zero chemicals) and the orchid house is magical.
Green Hills Butterfly Ranch: This butterfly breeding, education, and interpretive center also has a fascinating hummingbird observation garden; it’s well worth an hour or two of your time as you head to or from the Mountain Pine Ridge.
Caracol Archaeological Site: One of the more difficult major ruins to access in Belize, Caracol is rife with discovery, beauty, and long, peaceful views of the wild countryside from atop its newly excavated temples.
Xunantunich Archaeological Site: It’s definitely worth crossing the river to spend a long morning or a lazy afternoon in this ancient Maya city.
© Joshua Berman and Avalon Travel from Moon Belize, 9th Edition