Release your inner Tarzan as you navigate through the rainforests of Belize; rappel down waterfalls, swim at a secret swimming spot, hike through the jungle, and zip line across the forest.

Whether you’re interested in animals, plants, native culture or plain relaxation with mother earth, Belize is rich in jungle adventures. The jungle contains the highest diversity of life on Earth, and there’s never a dull moment. Without further ado, here are some of the top jungle experiences to consider when traveling to Belize.

Overnight Jungle Expeditions

Get the full jungle experience with a two-day mini survival jungle expedition. Expert ‘Bushmen’ guides will teach you how to survive in the wild. Survival lessons include learning to cook meals by campfire, catch fish, hunt, and build your own shelter. Check out Caves Branch Adventure Co. & Jungle Lodge online for more details.

Night Safaris & Ziplining

About 80% of Belize’s rainforest comes alive after dark with nocturnal animals such as gibnut, wild boar, tarantulas, armadillos, howler monkeys, bats, and even our wildcats. An adventure not for the faint of heart, night tours are one of the best ways to fully experience the lush jungles of Belize. Conclude with an exhilarating zipline through the jungles under the stars with Bocawina.

Horseback riding in the jungle

Gallop through the beauty and wonders of nature while riding on a personalized horse fitted to your size, temperament and experience level. Take a journey on trails where the Mayas once traveled and relax as you ride pass local citrus orchards, rainforests and small creeks and rivers with an expert guide.

Photo Courtesy Chan Chich

Rappel down a waterfall

This is a must-do on your Belize bucket list for those seeking an adrenaline rush. The venture begins with a challenging hike through the luscious rainforests learning about Belize’s flora and fauna, and ancient Maya history. The venture culminates with a glorious rappel down Big Drop falls into the pristine blue waters at the bottom. Cool off and take a swim onto the crystal clear natural cold pool. Waterfall rappelling tours are available through Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort.

Take a hike and enjoy the scenery from up above

Hike through the rainforest of Belize to the top of the 1000 foot Antelope Falls. The view is breathtaking of the clear blue Caribbean Sea as well as the evergreen rainforest. Here are a few other hiking locations in Belize, with a great jungle experience from easy to difficult.

  • Guanacaste National Park Nature Trails & River Deck View
  • St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park: Highland Trail, Lowland Trail
  • Maya Mountains Black Hole Drop
  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: Ben’s Bluff Trail, Tiger Fern Trail, or Outlier Trail

Bird Watching

With nearly 600 species of birds, Belize is the perfect introduction to tropical birding. Between October to May, birding is boosted with migratory and transient species from North America. Enjoy a birding tour with The Lodge at Chaa Creek, with Blancaneux Lodge,  or even Pelican Beach Resort. After, wake with the birds at dawn and head out early to discover the birds of Belize.

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