Cayo is usally the first jungle area most travelers visit in Belize. As shown on the map to the left, it's easily accessible from Belize City and offers a wide variety of lodging, including several of Belize's best jungle lodges.
Lodging in Cayo spans the spectrum from upscale/luxury to camping, with everything in between. And, most jungle lodges in Cayo are located adjacent to a river, providing guests with opportunties for jungle river swimming, canoeing, kayaking or tubing.
However, while swimming in a clear, cool jungle river can be an intoxicating experience (especially when waterfalls are involved), man-made swimming pools are becoming more common in Cayo, although only 5 Cayo jungle lodges currently have pools. But, that's 5 more than existed just a few years ago. (One Cayo jungle lodge replaced its croquet court with a pool - sort of shame, really - it's not often one comes across a croquet court in the jungle.)
Most jungle lodges in Cayo are also off the grid and must manufacture their own electricity, so very few have a/c. But, believe it or not, nights in the jungle get quite cool, especially in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of Belize where rooms have fireplaces. So, a/c is really not necessary for most people.
The most popular jungle activities in Cayo include cave tubing, zip lining, Mayan ruins and jungle waterfalls, and all are accessible from all jungle lodges in Cayo, although the Mountain Pine Ridge area of Cayo offers more convenient access to the Caracol Mayan ruins and jungle waterfalls.
Contact us for more information about Cayo jungle lodges -- or for help on deciding which jungle area is the best for your vacation.