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.


Top picks for Inland Belize

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.

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Hidden Valley Inn

Hidden Valley Inn

Inland Belize

Nestled in its own 7,200 acre nature reserve, Hidden Valley Inn is one of the most secluded properties in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, the oldest and largest parkland in Belize.

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

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

Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Inland Belize

Lamanai Outpost Lodge is situated on the banks of a 28 mile long lagoon amid the remnants of a major Mayan city.

Where to stay

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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