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situated on the Caribbean coast, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala and offers an intriguing mix of tropical forests rich with wildlife, majestic 3,675 foot mountains, mysterious Maya temples, and diving and fishing experiences beyond compare. In a single day you can go from tropical forest to the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Belize is a country of various culture, language and ethnic groups. Due to racial harmony and religious tolerance, all of these different elements have mixed and blended successfully, and Belize has gained a widespread reputation for its friendly peoples. Added features of this nature lover`s paradise are inland granite basins at the base of cascading falls whose waters flow through limestone caves en route from the Maya Mountains and tall swaying palm trees bordering sun-drenched beaches of offshore island cayes dotting the Caribbean.
Every destination in Belize has its share of archaeological and national parks, marine and nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries. Each of these protected areas is packed with opportunities for adventure. For the outdoor enthusiast, Belize presents unlimited opportunities. You might say that Belize is the outdoors. You will find diving, snorkelling, fishing, hiking, and exploring nature at its best. Belize is a treasure trove of ancient Mayan temples, towns and cities, only a few of which have been uncovered. From the soil rich costal belt of the south, and the coastal plains of the north, to the majestic heights of the Maya Mountains and the Mountain Pine Ridge in the west, exploration and adventure abound.
More than 500 Mayan ruins dot the country. The ruins of Altun Ha are famous for many reasons. Here they found a Jade Head - largest carved jade object in the whole Maya area - representing the Sun God, Kinich Ahau. It is a national symbol of Belize, which you can see cornered on every Belizean banknote in circulation. Belize City, the most populous city in the country, highlights include the Government House, the Anglican Cathedral, the Bliss Institute and the Paslow Building which houses the post office and the Magistrates` Court. Belize City is the major point for people to organize to various destinations of the country. Close to Belize City are attractive Mayan ruins such as the Altun Ha and wildlife sanctuaries, the Community Baboon Sanctuary and the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.
Belize is blessed in that you can have the best of both worlds. You can visit the mainland cities, towns, and interior and meet friendly people, see historic sights, ancient Maya cities, or go discover over 1000 cayes and 220 kilometres of Barrier Reef (one of the seven underwater wonders of the world) Belize is a country that possesses natural wealth through a variety of coastal ecosystems ranging from coral reefs to sea grass beds, from extensive mangrove and littoral forests to coastal lagoons and estuaries.. The wonders of Belize are yours to choose.