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Half Moon Belize
Half Moon Caye is considered a Natural Monument of Belize. The key is full of marine species such as corals, garden eels and sponge formations. You will also find eagle rays, sea turtles and groupers. This marine diversity contributes to the practice of diving in these waters.
Thousand Foot Falls: A Majestic Waterfall
Located deep within a nature reserve in western Belize, Thousand Foot Falls is the highest waterfall in all of Central America. A swift river descends over a granite cliff to descend more than 1,600 feet into a thickly forested natural wonderland.
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave is also known as ATM cave and is located in the heart of the Tapir Mountain nature reserve. This 6,700-acre park is managed by the Audubon Society of Belize and is 45 minutes away by car from San Ignacio in Cayo District and within walking distance of Pook’s Hill Lodge. This is one of the most impressive caves in the Mayan world.
Sapodilla Caye Marine Reserve
The Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve covers an area of approximately 125 square kilometers and includes fourteen sand and mangrove cayes along the southernmost tip of the Belize Barrier Reef, nearly 40 miles due east of Punta Gorda.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Glover Reef consists of 5 small quiet islands and a coral reef that is 18 miles (29 kilometers) long by 6 miles (10 km) wide. It is the southernmost coral atoll in Belize, sitting about 28 miles (45 km) east of Dangriga and Hopkins on the mainland.
Laguna Cave is about an hour hike from Laguna Village. Leaving the village, you must cross a small stream. The first stretch of the trail lies over hilly grounds and through secondary forest. Entrance to Laguna CaveCacao orchards are present along the way. Guides point out the jippi jappa tree and the jackass bitters. The jippi jappa tree is used for both food and crafts. The heart of the tree is eaten and the leaf is used for weaving baskets. Jackass bitters is a medicinal plant used to cure belly aches and malaria.
Hokeb Ha Cave
One of the most impressive natural sites in Toledo is the Hokeb Ha Cave at Blue Creek. The cave is a 20-minute hike from the village. Hike a well-marked, sometimes cemented path along to the creek, until a clearing appears. Pass through the research station in the clearing finding the wide trail on the other side. Follow this trail, bearing toward the stream on your left till you meet a wide dry creek filled with white stones.
Columbia Forest Reserve
One of the most biologically diverse eco-systems in Belize is located in San Jose. It is the Columbia River Forest Reserve and it is comprised of 103,000 acres of tropical rainforest. Tourists are welcome to tour the reserve, though it is a strenuous hike to say the least.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Cabins, camp grounds, and play ground are available to guests who want to stay awhile, but the draw to the sanctuary are the hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls that offer the opportunity to see wild life in its own habitat.