Immerse yourself in Belize – Caribbean and Central American at once – a tropical paradise nestled between the Caribbean Sea at its East, Guatemala at its South and West, as well as Mexico at its North. Its westernmost region, the Cayo District, is the epicenter of inland touring. There are countless adventures you can partake in – some easy, others energetic, but all memorable.
Drive to the village of San Antonio and partake in ceramic pot-making with the Women’s Group to experience the local culture of the region.
Hike through tropical trails and wade across shallow, jungle-lined rivers to cave tube. Float along cool waters illuminated by headlamps, gently pushed by a current. Plunge into the darkness while listening to the sounds of bubbling rapids and cascading waterfalls.
Soar through the subtropical jungle canopy – a thrilling adventure. Zip Lining allows you to gain a bird’s eye view of the lush rainforest below.
Trek through the rainforest to Actun Tunichil Muknal and Crystal Caves – two of the most exhilarating caves in the greater region. View artifacts such as ceremonial stoneware and vessels; burial chambers and sacrificial caverns with calcified remains including the skeletal remnants of the Crystal Maiden – one of the youngest victims to be sacrificed.
Visit the most legendary Maya Ruins in the region – Cahal Pech, Caracol and Xunantunich – the former in the Twin Town of San Ignacio, the centermost in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, the latter in the Village of San Jose Succotz. Stop at the Rio On Pools after your trip to Caracol to refresh and relax after a long day of exploring.
Travel across the border to climb Tikal – the most prominent archaeological park in Guatemala where you can also Zip Line through the jungle canopy while listening to the haunting sounds of Howler Monkeys.
The above mentioned are only a few of the exciting activities and tours that Belize as a destination has to offer to the adventure enthusiast so contact us to customize your Belize experience!
Considered to be the heartland of the Maya, Belize boasts a rich cultural heritage of ancient Maya cities, nestled in lush tropical scenery, for couples contemplating a destination wedding.
Overlooking the jungle-lined Mopan River, Xunantunich – a legendary archaeological site accessed only after a short crossing on one of the last hand-cranked chain ferries in the quiet village of San Jose Succotz – is an impressive and unique ruin. As the remnants of a civilization that once was, this temple provides intricately carved friezes which add a distinctive decorative touch to your ceremony.
We are proud to announce the release of our new Archaeology Package with Belize’s premier jungle lodge in the Orange Walk District. Situated on the banks of a 28 mile long spring-fed lagoon, the Lamanai Outpost Lodge is set amid the remnants of one of the region’s most famous archaeology sites. Tour inland Belize and explore two legendary Maya Cities – Lamanai in the north (Orange Walk) and Xunantunich in the west (Cayo) – or trek through diverse habitats in the jungle while listening to the haunting sounds of Howler Monkeys.
We’re constantly reminded that a little goes a long way and this note from the lovely residents of the Octavia Waight Centre did exactly that. Short and simple, yet profound in its ability to make us feel like we’re a part of something much bigger than ourselves. The home currently serves twenty-five elders with accompaniment, food as well as shelter, striving to keep them active and healthy. Their mission is to empower their residents by providing services and an enabling environment to achieve aging with dignity. To carry out this mission, therefore, they rely on the generous assistance of community foundations and members. If you’re interested in supporting this worthy cause feel free to contact us for ideas and facilitation.
Explorer Diane Dreyfus highlights her visit to the epicenter of inland touring – Belize’s Cayo District. From grazing pastures to the diverse and friendly people, she depicts her journey to two of the most legendary Maya Ruins in the region – Cahal Pech and Xunantunich – the former in the residential Twin Town of San Ignacio, the latter in the quiet Village of San Jose Succotz.
So it’s been one of those days where no amount of espresso will keep my mind focused! The hours keep ticking by and my to-do list keeps growing. Which leads me to a task I always consider one of the easier on my schedule, expanding and updating the playlists for the restaurant and bar. Seems like a fun job, something fairly straightforward and achievable irrespective of how my mushed my head is, right? Maybe not…
When we created La Ceiba Restaurant, the ethos was very much to represent the best of local and regional styles with an international flair. Chef Kuylen reaches the gastro heights with his understanding of local favorites, doubled with his San Fran experience. Polo brings the noise with his cocktails, and I’m reasonably happy with our wine offering (which I can’t blame on anyone else!). We’ll come back another time to discuss design, service etc, but the part of the experience that’s often under-appreciated and overlooked is that of the music. I chose to go with regional music of all kinds, as well as a few from further afield that we all personally enjoy. I wanted the music to be chilled-out and loungy, have a latin edge, and wanted stayed away from lyrics (especially English) so as not to take away from the aesthetic of the culinary experience. In general I opted for more light-hearted, upbeat music to make the experience more enjoyable and carefree. Think vacations, chilling, summertime, food, cockails, friends and fun!
Achieving this however is a whole ‘nother thing entirely! Where to start? It’s been a long road, a lot of trying and testing and listening and changing. And it’s ever-evolving. I cannot wait for our upcoming partnership with the ever-so-cool Stonetree Records, but in the meantime will have to settle for foraging through the internet wilderness, searching for the sweet taste of latin lounge music. Wish me luck!
I was indeed warmly welcomed to Ka’ana Boutique Resort this month. Greeted by Mario at the water taxi terminal in Belize city, my partner and I were transferred to the resort aboard a fully air conditioned van with an icy cold coke, and a bottle of water ready for us. The drive itself is great. Traveling along the Western Highway from the city to the district of Cayo offers the eyes the opportunity to glance upon the vastness of the open lush landscape, as you are swept through the hills and approach San Ignacio you feel truly taken away.
Pulling into the resort just outside San Ignacio, the tree lined road brought us to the doorsteps of this small luxury resort, which subsequently was also awarded the designation of becoming a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of The World, a huge accomplishment considering they have only been in operation for 3 years. We were greeted immediately by 3 amazing staff members, smiling warmly, and awaiting our arrival. Seated in the lobby we were brought a fresh blended drink of ginger and lime that was very much appreciated after the long journey from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. We were escorted to our casita tucked away amongst the fruit trees, and hibiscus, and were introduced to the member of the staff that would clean our room, and provide the evening turndown service. I was already blown away, and we had been there for about 15 minutes. The room we were staying at was simply immaculate, ultra stylish and with every element of luxury you could imagine.
The Resort is nestled on 16 acres of lush tropical fruit trees, and they also have their own 2 acre vegetable garden which provides the goods for La Ceiba Restaurant. The Infinity pool is perched above the grounds, and offers plush loungers, fluffy towels and a sexy outdoor shower. The spa is located just off the pool, and offers everything from Swedish massage, facials, body scrubs, and wraps, and after a day at the pool the Sunburn soother. They also provide packages that offer an array of their services set over a 2 hour time period, booking is highly recommended for these services.
At Ka’ana they will provide you with an abundance of exhilarating experiences, Mayan temples, ancient caves, sparkling rivers, a majestic rainforest, and horse back riding, with their desire to expose you to what this country truly has to offer. I have only mentioned in this post what the resort has to offer in term of amenities, but don’t worry the next post will be dedicated to the food at Ka’ana, which without reservation is indeed the best of what Belize has to offer, stay tuned!
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Ka'ana was created for those who appreciate the elegant luxuries of a world class resort, yet yearn to experience new frontiers. Perfectly located in the midst of everything a Central American vacation could possibly offer, Ka'ana is a haven of understated luxury with a considered design style, distinguished culinary experiences and an extensive wine cellar, adjacent to pristine jungle. Experience a true luxury vacation, just steps from the many ancient Mayan ruins of Belize's jungle.