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CAYO DISTRICT

Map of BelizeCayo District is the rarest of surprises, a world class eco-tourism vacation-destination that refuses to sell out. No high-rise hotels here ... Instead Belize offers its commitment to conservation and eco tourism with an astonishing 880,000 acres of protected areas, nature reserves, and national parks within the 2,000 square miles that make up Cayo District.

Cayo offers an exciting blend of Adventure and Eco tourism. A place filled with vast areas of jungle rain-forests, picturesque rivers, waterfalls and caves, along with a people who embrace a remarkable cultural diversity and harmony. Add to this an array of things to do, along with good travel-related visitor services and it's easy to see why Cayo District is a favorite vacation destination for the Eco-tourist and Adventure-traveler.

San Ignacio Town - Burns Ave.San Ignacio Town is the hub of commerce and tourism for Cayo District, and along with its sister town - Santa Elena - make up the largest populated area in the District, with a mere 22,000 residents. Located along the banks of the Macal River, on a series of bluffs, San Ignacio known locally as "Cayo", is conveniently located less than two-hours by road from both Belize City and Tikal in Guatemala.


Things To Do in Cayo District

Barton CreekWith so many activities to choose from where do you begin? You can visit some of the best Mayan Ruins anywhere, explore spectacular Caves, set off on Horseback across the Cayo countryside, choose Canoeing or Tubing on the scenic Macal River, enjoy swimming and basking in the sun at Big Rock Falls or the Rio On Pools in the Mountain Pine Ridge ... And it all comes with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the spectacular Birding & Wildlife that Cayo has to offer. And that's just for starters ...

 



More Cayo Attractions


Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve

Encompassing a spectacular range of rolling hills, peaks and gorges formed from some of the oldest rocks in Central American, the Reserve covers nearly 300 square miles of unpaved roads and nature trails. The karst limestone terrain is especially suited for hiking. There is a lot to do in this area including some fun water options.


Big Rock FallsBig Rock Falls is an impressive 60-foot waterfall boasting two large, deep pools. The footpath to the falls is a 15-minute hike and involves some difficult climbing down; however you can hike right up to the foot of the waterfall and swim in the cascading pools just below the falls. This hike is well worth the effort and is recomended for those who are in moderate physical condition.



Rio On PoolsRio On Pools - are a continuous series of pools formed by large granite boulders. Many of the dozens of small pools are connected by small cascading waterfalls. The smooth surface of the water-worn rocks a makes for natural water slides and a comfortable place for swimming; jumping from boulder to boulder is another favorite activity, which makes this spot and a great place to hike around.There are cement steps and a well worn foot path leading down to the pools.


Rio Frio CaveRio Frio Cave is the best cave for claustrophobics. Everything is big in this cave! The two 65-foot arched entry ways leave you in awe. Huge stalactites hang from the massive cathedral-like vault, which is part of a cave system the Maya used to bury their dead. Room size boulders are strewn throughout the cave and a stream flows through, forming pools with cascading falls. There is a beach area with a foot bridge for crossing the stream and getting to the other side. Openings at both ends make flashlights unnecessary for viewing the cave's formations during daylight hours.


It is a quarter mile through to the exit, another equally impressive opening. Upon reaching the exit, look for the a nature trail which leads to a nearby cave, Cuevas Gemelas (You will need a flashlight for this one). A second trail leads back to the parking lot.


1000 ft FallsThousand Foot Falls, also known as Hidden Valley Falls is believed to be the highest waterfall in Central America and is actually over 1,500 ft. to the bottom. A viewing platform overlooks the falls and there is a short scenic trail around the escarpment for taking in the valley view. This is only a look out point for viewing the falls and that entails lots of extra bumpy driving. If you are a Birder this won't matter because this is the best site for spotting the Orange-breasted Falcon.


No Entrance Fee


When you choose the Mountain Pine Ridge as a Full-day activity you can select 3 of the 4 attractions listed above or 1 from the Mountain Pine Ridge plus 1 from another nearby attraction including: Green Hills Butterfly Ranch with Zip-lining or Cave Canoeing at Barton Creek.


Visitors to the Maya archaeological site of Caracol, pass through the Mountain Pine Ridge on the way and have the option of adding a stop at either the Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls or Rio Frio Cave on the return.


Suggestion: Children love prowling around in Rio Frio Cave followed by a swim in the natural waterslide at the Rio On Pools – Adults love it too!



Green Hills Butterfly Ranch

Green Hills Butterfly Ranch Green Hills has an impressive butterfly display. Watch the butterflies flit amongst tropical plants in sunken garden with a goldfish pond. This butterfly farm boasts the biggest live butterfly collection in Belize, along with a botanical collection which includes passion flowers, cycads, heliconia and other plants that feed the butterflies.


Entrance Fee - US$ 10 per person


Combine this visit and Cave Canoeing with Zip-Lining or 1 activity in the Mountain Pine Ridge.



Zip-Line Canopy Tours

Zip-line Canopy ToursCanopy tours have gained immensely in popularity and there are now several to choose from in the Cayo District. Zip-line tours offer the adventurous visitor a thrilling opportunity to soar through the jungle treetops high above the forest floor. The canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along steel cables suspended up to 80 feet above the forest floor.


Zip-line Canopy ToursUpon arrival you will be given a safety briefing and outfitted with safety gear that includes a body harness, pulleys, helmet and thick leather gloves to grab the cable with to slow down or stop. You will be escorted by a lead guide and a following guide to ensure safety.


Entrance Fee - US$ 40 per person


Combine Zip-lining with Cave Tubing, Cave Canoeing or 1 activity in the Mountain Pine Ridge.


Black Hole Drop

Black Hole DropA Rush like no other! Stretch your comfort zone as you rappel down into a jungle sink hole deep in the rain-forest. This expedition starts off with a vigorous hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The edge of the Actun Loch Tunich sink hole is over 300 feet above the basin below and 200 feet above the rain-forest canopy that grows out from the sink hole basin. Actun Loch Tunich sink hole is not actually black but since you can't see the bottom from the start, this definitely adds an additional element of excitement ... more   



San Ignacio Town

San Ignacio Town - Burns Ave.Known locally as "Cayo", San Ignacio is a unique blend of America's Old West and tropical backwater with frontier-like wooden shops on narrow streets. Burns Avenue is "Main Street" and a good place to begin a tour of the town. Most days it's a busy thoroughfare with lots of people walking in the streets. Burns Avenue and the adjacent streets are packed with shops, hotels and places to eat where hospitable towns people mingle in restaurants, bars and wooden shops. From duPlooy's, it takes 2-3 hours to reach town by Canoe.


San Ignacio marketSaturday Market: Many of our guests take the opportunity to visit the local market. Saturday (early) is the best time and day to go, as it's the busiest market day and along with the wide variety of fruits and vegetables offered, there are also plenty of food vendors preparing fresh local fare such as, tacos, tamales, pupusas (right), along with homemade breads, cheeses and yogurts for you to sample.


There are also plenty of hand-made crafts and gift items to inspect and a place that sells local medicinal and cooking herbs. Do all this while sharing a taste treat and mingling amongst the locals in the festive atmosphere of this bustling market place.


Iguana Conservation ProjectThe Iguana Conservation Project is located at the San Ignacio Hotel. Here you will have the opportunity to take a closer look at these descendants of dinosaurs and where juvenile green iguanas are cared for until they are ready to be released into the wild. Learn how vital they are to the ecological balance of the Macal River Eco-system. This hands-on tour is both fun and educational and takes about an hour to complete.


Entrance Fee - US$ 5 per person


Cahal PechCahal Pech - On the highest hill overlooking San Ignacio Town is where to find Cahal Pech, a partially excavated Maya archaeological site. Cahal Pech's late pre-classic temples and two separate ball courts display fine examples of Maya craftsmanship, suggesting this site was a hilltop residence of royalty and their cadre. There site has a visitors' center containing artifacts and a reconstructed model of the site.


Combine San Ignacio and Cahal Pech with Xunantunich or El Pilar, two other nearby Maya sites or any of our other half-day activities, while staying in Cayo District.


Entrance Fee - US$ 5 per person



Blue Hole National Park

Inland Blue HoleThe Inland Blue Hole is actually a sinkhole formed by the collapse of an underground river channel. The exposed section of the underground Cave Branch Creek tributary can be viewed for about 150 feet before it disappears again beneath the surface ... more




Visit and enjoy Cayo District with duPlooy Travel as part of a
Jungle & Reef Holiday Vacation Package to Belize ...



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