CAYO DISTRICT

Cayo is the largest district of Belize spanning over 2,000 square miles across diverse terrain, from lush river valleys and rugged mountains to rolling hills and sweeping farmland devoted to citrus orchards.

Over 60% of the region has been designated to either a wildlife sanctuary, national park or forest reserve. This region offers a wide variety of experiences to choose from, including canoe tours down the Macal River, and an exploratory dip in the Rio Frio and its natural swimming pools.

Famous archaeological sites here include the Mayan ruins of Xuantunich and Caracol. The latter a partially overgrown testament to the vast amount of people — more than populate all of Belize today — who lived here during the 8th century and Belize’s largest archaeological site.

One of the highlights of this part of the country is the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave or ATM Cave. This spans both archaeology and activity as it is an important Mayan site and contains some relics including an impressively well-preserved skeleton. Visitors explore the cave with a guide, taking around three hours in total and with a mix of swimming, scrambling and climbing. It is a must-see on any trip to Belize and a fun and exhilarating way to learn about the culture and history.

WHERE TO STAY

Our favourite luxury hotels

Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize

Blancaneaux Lodge

This luxurious hideaway located in the middle of a 107,000 private reserve is surrounded by native flora and fauna. Huddled on the banks of a small creek, the lodge offers an unforgettable experience in Belize.

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, Belize

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge

In the heart of the Mayan region of Belize, the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge is a pristine paradise for those seeking luxury.

Chaa Creek, San Ignacio, Belize

Chaa Creek

Since Chaa Creek´s inception 30 years ago, the owners Mick and Lucy Fleming strove to coexist with nature while creating a true jungle experience. The result is an exquisite blend of natural beauty and man-made comforts.

Ka’ana Resort, San Ignacio, Belize

Ka’ana Resort

A short journey from San Ignacio town in the Cayo district of Belize, Ka’ana Resort combines a tropical jungle escape with all the style and aesthetics of a cosmopolitan boutique vacation.

San Ignacio Resort, Belize

San Ignacio Resort Hotel

Family-owned and established in 1976, the San Ignacio Resort Hotel is a premier, full-service boutique resort situated in the Cayo District, Western Belize.