Rainforest and pine forest, abundant wildlife and Mayan sites make this an exciting and adventurous destination. The main areas of interest are the Cayo District, Mountain Pine Ridge and Orange Walk. Some of the best, more remote rainforest lodges can be found in the Orange Walk district with wonderful wildlife spotting opportunities in the jungle scenery as well as on the various river excursions. The Mayan site of Lamanai is found in this region too.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Being surrounded by nature, whether it's lush rainforest or dry mountain pine ridge forest, is unbeatable
  • Pine forest are not normally associated with Caribbean countries but Belize has several hundred square miles of pines

Our guide to holidays in Inland Belize

Pine forest are not normally associated with Caribbean countries but Belize has several hundred square miles of pines. The 300 square mile Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve can be explored on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback, following the extensive network of forest trails. The reserve contains diverse environments that are home to iguanas, howler monkeys, and numerous species of birds and butterflies.

The landscapes of the Cayo District range from lush rainforest to rolling farmland hills with rivers and caves dotted all over. Adventure sports abound; cave trips, biking, canoeing, horse-riding and close enough to visit Maya Sites such as Caracol, Xunantunich & Cahal Pech.


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River tubing underneath rainforest canopies and through cave systems from Jaguar Paw is an amazing experience.

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A note on price

It’s not possible to fly directly to Belize in a day, so a stop-over is necessary (USA, Guatemala or Mexico, usually). Flights range from £600 - £1,000. Travelling within the country is relatively inexpensive, and a two week trip to Belize starts from £2,500 per person. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 24°C / 75°F
  • Rainfall — 12cm / 5.0 inches
  • Water Temp. — 27°C / 80°F
Flight from London

10:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -3 hrs

Top picks for Inland Belize

Chan Chich

Chan Chich

Inland Belize

There are several lodges in Central America that are near to Mayan cities, but only one actually in the ruins of one.

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Sunrise Ride from Blancaneaux Lodge

Sunrise Ride from Blancaneaux Lodge

Inland Belize

There is no better way to start the day than from on a horse surrounded by nature. The sunrise ride from Blancaneaux Lodge is suitable for all levels, regardless of skill and ability.

What to do

Blancaneaux Lodge

Blancaneaux Lodge

Inland Belize

Owned by Francis Ford Coppola, Blancaneaux Lodge is a peaceful retreat located in the central forests of Belize, just outside the town of San Ignacio.

Where to stay

Gaïa River Lodge

Gaïa River Lodge

Inland Belize

Gaia River Lodge is a peaceful sanctuary retreat in Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge, perched in the natural beauty of pine forest overlooking spectacular waterfalls in the lodge's grounds.

Where to stay

Belize Jungle

Caving in Belize

Inland Belize

Not only do the caves in Belize offer a wide range of activities they are also of historical significance, as many of the caves were important Mayan ceremonial sites.

What to do

Lamanani Ruins

Visit Caracol

Inland Belize

Located in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Caracol is the largest Mayan archeological site in Belize, so large in fact that it would have once covered an area much larger than present day Belize City (the largest metropolitan area in the country of Belize) and supported more than twice the population.

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