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A LITTLE CONTEXT
Belize is a beautiful rainforest by the Caribbean Sea. The country is nestled between Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and bordered by the Caribbean. As the former capital of Guatemala, Belize City is the largest city in the second smallest country of Latin America as well as the least populated country in the region. However, from its Mayan sites to its large coral reefs, it has everything you need for the best excursion experience you can get. With over 200 ships visiting this beautiful Caribbean city per year, the Belize cruise port is a growing attraction among cruise-goers.
As early as 2000 BC, the land was inhabited by the indigenous Mayan people, who created impressive buildings in their centres. Nowhere did the Maya leave so many traces as in today’s Belize. Even today, about ten percent of the country’s population is descended from the Mayan people. Many shore excursions lead from Belize City to the most famous former Mayan temples.
Belize is also a real paradise for ecotourism: jaguar or macaw reserves, rivers and secret caves where the Maya practiced mysterious rituals… Without omitting, of course, 250 km of coastline lined with clear water sandy beaches and palm trees and, offshore, hundreds of small islands.
“You better belize it.” The national tagline. It appears on bumper stickers, posters, T-shirts, postcards, etc. Other Caribbean countries would use the phrase “Don’t worry, be happy!”, but Belize has its own special charm. So will you book an excursion? You better belize it!
TYPES OF EXCURSIONS
In order to book an excursion the easiest and cheapest way is with an online independent booking platforms like www.mycruiseexcursion.com. Just visit the website, choose your port (or your cruise line to see all ports your cruise docks in), and the excursions will be listed clearly with all the details you will need (the price, the duration, the difficulty, a small description of the port and other pieces of information about the excursion). Click and bam, you have easily booked your excursion.
If what you’re looking for is discovering CULTURE
History and civilization lovers, discover the most beautiful Mayan sites of the country. It is a magical place where the captivating vestiges of a whole society are still enthroned. We suggest three excursions based on cultural discovery:
– Visit of the famous Maya site Altun Ha (4h)
One of the most famous Mayan ruins is Altun Ha, meaning “Water of the Rock”. About 45 kilometers north of Belize City, this site is nestled in the rainforest near the coast. Due to its location, it served as an important trade center with connections to the other Mayan sites in the interior of the country. It is said that about 10,000 inhabitants once lived here. It was not until the 1960s that the complex, hidden in the rainforest, was finally rediscovered. During subsequent excavations, scientists found the jade head of the sun god Kinich Ahau, which today is one of the national treasures of the country.
– Boat trip through the jungle to the Mayan ruins Lamanai (6h)
Lamanai, meaning “Submerged Crocodile” lies on the shore of the New River Lagoon in the middle of the tropical rainforest. From Belize City, shore excursions take you inland by bus. The last part is adventurously covered in a boat. During the impressive trip on the New River you can admire the exotic flora and fauna. If you are lucky you will see different water birds, iguanas, crocodiles or howler monkeys.
If you want a little ADVENTURE
Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then these excursions are for you. You will find one of the densest jungles in the world. Worthy of an Indiana Jones mission.
– Adventurous Ziplining through the jungle (4h)
Divers or snorkelers, the reefs of the second largest barrier reef in the world and the transparent waters of the Caribbean await you. On the program: sharks, turtles, manatees, rays, barracudas etc…A real treasure.
– Snorkeling adventures in front of Caye Caulker (5.5h)
More than 200 small offshore islands of coral and sand deposits, the so-called cayes, are ideal starting points for a diving or snorkeling trip. Caye Caulker is one of the most famous Cayes. About 35 kilometres northeast of Belize City, the island can be easily reached in about 45 minutes by water taxi. The return trip costs approx. 25 US dollars per person. With a length of approximately eight kilometres and a width of almost two kilometres, the island can be explored wonderfully on foot. Even if there is no real beach, one can enjoy the wonderful view to the clear, turquoise water with adelicious cocktail and bathe in it.
Here you can find all shown shore excursions in Belize.
For visitors from the UK, you can use the UK website to find the perfect cruise excursions: