5 Incredible Experiences in the Cayo District

by Madeleine Guerra

The Cayo District is rich in natural wonders, and in recent years it has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in Belize. With so much to see, there’s no doubt why many visitors flock to this picturesque destination. From gorgeous jungle landscapes to numerous family-friendly activities, there is much to do in Cayo. To make it easy for you, we’ve broken down 5 of the must-see sites you can’t miss out on your trip to the Cayo District.  

1. Benque Viejo House of Culture  

Learn about Belize’s history and the cultural significance of one of the country’s largest ethnic groups, the Mestizos, by paying a visit to the Benque Viejo House of Culture. This experience is a blast from the past with the many photos, documents, and artifacts showcased in the museum. If you’re visiting around Easter, keep an eye out for the colorful carpets. The Alfombras (pictured) are bright tapestries carefully crafted by town folk who use dyed sawdust to fill out patterns and designs on the streets where the El Santo Entierro Easter procession is scheduled to pass.

2. Green Iguana Conservation Project  

If the family is a wildlife lover, then you’ll love this one. Located at the gorgeous San Ignacio Resort Hotel, the Green Iguana Conservation Project is a must-see. Spend the day mingling with these endangered reptiles all while learning about the importance of their survival. Be sure to take the camera because here you’ll have tons of photo opportunities.  

3. Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

Rio_On_Pools cayo belize

Rio on Pools. Photo courtesy Duarte Dellarole  

Covering an area of 106,352.5 acres, Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is rich in natural beauty. With much of the area untouched by human development, the reserve is home to a number of bird and wildlife species, such as jaguars, ocelots, tapirs and so much more. With a range of trails and jungle resorts, this reserve is a one-of-a-kind experience.   

4. Banana Bank Horses and Jungle Lodge  

Having conducted over 80,000 trail rides, Banana Bank Horses and Jungle Lodge has earned its place in being one of Belize’s best horseback riding experiences. Choose from the many horseback riding adventures, whether it’s the all-day ride or the night ride, Banana Bank is an experience for the entire family.  

5. Belize Botanic Garden  

This 45-acre botanic garden is a beautiful place to visit, and it has developed into one of Belize’s most cherished conservation centers. As a pioneer in science, and learning and an excellent resource for government and other local actors, the Belize Botanic Garden is home to beautiful, rare, and endangered plants. All in all, it makes it the perfect experience for learning while taking in the breathtaking views of the surroundings.  

Related Articles