Half Day Tours
THE BELIZE ZOO
The Belize Zoo is another "must see attraction" located approximately 30 miles west of Belize City on the Western Highway, and a fun experience. Pebble paths in an open-air setting lead to more than 100 species of native Belizean animals and birds including the tapir, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, jaguars, ocelots, margays, scarlet macaws, toucans, and many, many others. You will have the opportunity to see these unique creatures in their natural habitat.
GUANACASTE NATIONAL PARK
Guanacaste Park is a 50-acre parcel of tropical forest, located 2 miles from Belmopan in the Cayo District of Belize. The park gets its name from the Guanacaste or Tubroos tree, one of the largest trees found in Central America. It can reach a height of over 130 feet with a diameter in excess of 6 feet. Other trees you will see in the park are Rain tree, Mammee Apple, Bookut, Quamwood, Cotton Tree, Cohune Palm, and Mahogany, the national tree of Belize. Over 100 species of birds live in the park and an abundance of wildlife make this their home. The tour requires about 1 hour.
AERIAL TREK - A ZIPLINE ADVENTURE
A 37 mile trip up the Western Highway brings you to the caves Branch River System, your headquarters for the day. Aerial Trek is a zip-line tour through broadleaf rainforest and begins with a ten minute hike through the rainforest to the starting platform. The tour features an intricate harness system of pulleys on horizontal traverse cables which lets you “zip” 100 – 124 feet between treetop platforms secured 70 feet high at canopy level. This level literally gives you a bird’s eye view of all the tropical palms and trees. A truly unforgettable experience! At the end, whet your appetite with freshly prepared rice and beans and savory chicken!
You will be driven to Bermudian Landing which is a 45 minutes from Belize City. The Community Baboon Sanctuary on the banks of the Belize River is located approximately thirty miles west of Belize City. The sanctuary exhibits the spirit of coexistence that Belizeans have with nature. The Howler Monkeys are protected by the villagers, and let the monkeys roam freely on their property. With assistance from the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee County, a small natural history museum and visitors' center has been erected in Bermudian Landing, which is the most central location in the sanctuary.
Altun Ha is located in the north – central part of the Belize District on the old Northern Highway, 31 miles from Belize City. Contains a structure B-4 (Temple of the Masonry Alters), the tallest, best preserved structure at the site and the place where one of the largest carved jades in the Mayan world was found. It was an important trading center between the Caribbean and the interior featuring two main plazas with some thirteen temples in a pleasant park- like atmosphere. It was also one of the major ceremonial centers during the classic Period. Many tombs discovered during extensive excavations and restorations from 1964-1978. Burial goods included hundreds of jades and green obsidian blades, some traceable directly to Teotihuacan in central Mexico. An unusual feature at Altun Ha is the absence of carved stelae.
Belize City Tour
Not only is Belize City your gate way to mystic Mayan Sites (only found in Central America), adventurous caves, rivers, flora, fauna and relaxing breathing beaches, but is also filled with history. Belize City has the only manual swing bridge in the world and is still being swung daily. The oldest Anglican Cathedral Church in Central America, St. John's Cathedral, was built in 1812 from brick brought as ballast from European sailing ships. Over the years, Government House (now a Museum) was used as an administrative office and living quarters for the governors of Belize. This was built in the early 1800 with a combination of Caribbean Vernacular and English Urban architecture. The Lighthouse monument at the Fort George Point towers over the harbor entrance. This was built from money donated to the country by Belize's greatest benefactor – Baron Bliss, the 4th Baron of Portugal. At his request, he was entombed in front of the lighthouse which he designed himself prior to his death.
CITY TOUR/OLD BELIZE & CUCUMBER BEACH
This jam-packed tour begins with a tour of Belize City. Belize City is teeming with commerce and has adapted its two sides of the river with a connection by the Swing Bridge, the only manual swing bridge in the world. You will see the bustle, along with historic Fort George, a variety of embassies, consulate homes, and an area called the Beverly Hills of Belize.
From here, you will visit Old Belize, a site that will offer a deeper appreciation for the country and people of Belize. You can enjoy the displays at your leisure, including a rainforest exhibit that showcases giant tropical trees that tower the path you walk. There is also a Maya exhibit, portraying the mysticism of Mayan culture.
After the sensory overload of the Old Belize exhibit, you'll spend approximately 3 hours at Cucumber Beach, located on the same property as Old Belize. On the beach you can dip into the Caribbean Sea, lounge under one of the palapas or a coconut tree with your favorite drink, have a bite to eat or bask in the sun for a bit. There is no snorkeling from this beach since the reef system is about seven miles from shore.