Cayo District Jungle Tours and Activities
Guatemala is on the western boundary of Belize's inland Cayo District. San Ignacio is the main town, and most of Belize's most well-known jungle vacation lodges, sites and activities are located in Cayo - such as the Xunantunich Mayan ruins, cave tubing, Actun Tunichil Muknal cave, Chaa Creek, duPlooy's, Banana Bank and Black Rock.
Cayo is the area most travelers visit for their first taste of the Belize jungle, often because they want to try a specific jungle activity, such as cave tubing, or have heard of a specific jungle lodge, such as Chaa Creek, or want to see a specific site, such as the El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya flora and fauna .
And, it's true, the Cayo District offers lots to see and do, and a wide variety of places to stay.
For example, in addition to the Xunantunich and El Pilar Mayan ruins, Belize vacation visitors can also tour Cahal Pech and Caracol (the largest Mayan ruins in Belize - and an ancient Mayan city-state that rivaled Tikal).
For cavers, there's cave tubing in the Cave's Branch area, canoeing through Barton Creek Cave and the magnificent Actun Tunichil Muknal, which some visitors say comes close to a spiritual experience.
Then there's jungle horseback riding, zip lining, rappelling, jungle river canoeing and kayaking and beautiful waterfalls in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of the Cayo District.