Adventure & Cultural Exploration in Cayo District, Belize
From the fresh air of the jungle to the historical sites, Cayo District, Belize is an ideal destination for nature-seekers wanting to escape the bustle of the city. Tube down the river, take a hike, bird watch at botanical gardens and wind down with a glass of Belizean natural cashew wine at sunset. The cultural heart of Cayo District, Belize is home to down to earth people, natural landscapes and excellent cuisine.
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Where to stay in Cayo District, Belize
Falling Leaves Lodge
Colorful & rustic resort & spa in San Ignacio located just a 4-minute walk from Cahal Pech.
Luxury villa near the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in Belize.
Gaia River Lodge
Invitingly isolated, this special ecolodge sits hilltop beside a waterfall, with treehouse-like social spaces and unforgettable rainforest views.
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Things to do in Cayo District, Belize
Nature Sites in Belize
Visit Belize Botanical Gardens: See the black orchid, Belize's natural flower, has more than 45 acres of plants from all around the region, exotic trees. Learn about the native orchids and ancient herbal remedies.
Visit River of Caves with Seven Miles Cave Tubing: Float through vast subterranean labyrinths using an inflatable inner tube. Extra bonus is that you will take a beautiful scenic drive down Hummingbird Highway.
Historical Sites in Belize
Visit Cahal Pech Archaeological Site: The oldest Mayan site along the Belize River Valley. Enter and pass a beautiful butterfly garden. Explore the workplaces, homes, temples, palaces and play grounds of the ancient maya civilization.
Visit Xunantunich Archaeological Site: A royal tomb was discovered here covered with jade and obsidian stones. Get an aerial view of Belize and the Guatemalan hilltops.
Culture & Food Day Trips from Cayo District
Visit San Ignacio Town which is a diverse urban area full of indigenous populations and lots of market shopping.
Take a tour at the Marie Sharp's factory to discover the flavorful the Belizean hot sauce.
Visit the Garcia Sisters in San Antonio town. Local artists and medicine women that live on a self-sustaining farm and still carry on traditional mayan practices. You are in for an educational treat.
See how fresh chocolate is made. Belize is one of the many leaders in producing cacao beans, the main ingredient for chocolate. From the farm to the roasting of the cacao bean you will get to see how chocolate is made and learn the health benefits of eating chocolate in its purest form.
Wellness in Cayo District
Get a mud massage at the Belize Boutique Resort and Spa. They have six different muds to choose from that range from anti-aging properties to total body rejuvenation.
Places to eat & drink in Cayo District, Belize
These are the only places I have tried while in Belize. I mostly had private chef meals prepared at the villa or resort, but check out these local spots for great Belizean food!
Try Belizean rice and beans: the stable to Belizean meals. The Cooling Rack restaurant inside of Cahal Pech Village Resort has great food including rice and beans.
Visit the Wine House in Cayo, San Ignacio for fine wines from all over the world.
Pop's Restaurant for authentic Belizean staples like fry jacks. They also serve breakfast all day.
Mahogany Hall Resort - Restaurant and Bar is open to the public.
Ms. Bertha’s Tamales - it is worth the drive for these tasty tamales along the roadside.
For fresh seafood visit Erva's.
For fresh bread and Belizean desserts visit the New French Bakery.
Hode's Place has a diverse menu from American to Belizean staples and ice cream.
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