cayo province

On the Guatemalan border, the Cayo Province is a land of mountains, caves and rainforests that forms Belize’s most popular inland region.

An hour’s drive from the capital of Belmopan, San Ignacio keeps you within reach of the protected areas that make up 60% of the region. Most of the iconic Mayan ruins that draw travellers towards Belize are in Cayo, with Xunantunich and Cahal Pech both within its borders. Fringed by the epic Maya Mountains, vast networks and caves are hidden within the dense jungles and rainforests of Cayo. Begin your own adventure and explore above andbelow the surface in this fascinating area of Belize.

things to do

  • Actun Tunichil Muknal was described by National Geographic as the best sacred cave in the world, littered with the skeletal remains of Mayan human sacrifices.
  • Both the largest and most important Mayan site in Belize, Caracol is a vast network of more than 35,000 buildings, many of which remain unexplored.
  • In San Ignacio, the Green Iguana Conservation Project provides a hands-on educational experience with these fascinating and endangered reptiles.
  • Every Saturday, San Ignacio Market offers the finest and freshest of Belizean foods, with the national mixture of cultures and styles very much reflected in its cuisine.
  • The Belize Botanical Gardens are home to hundreds of local plant species, including many of which were once used as herbal medicine by the Maya people.

best time to visit

November - April

Belize’s long dry season brings with it the largest crowds, but the sunny conditions make it worth planning ahead. With daytime temperatures often above 25°C, it’s usually the most pleasant time of year for spending a lot of time outdoors.

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