Belize is full of adventure. Such a small country, you can be at the 2nd largest reef in the world on one day and then deep within an inland cave the next. It was my trip to the “Black Hole” that got me thinking about this list so I’ll start with that. Adventure? Me? Yes indeed.
- Rappelling The “Black Hole” Drop
Flying from Ambergris Caye to Belmopan with Tropic Air, I was ACTIVELY trying not to think about the drop. The 300 feet into a sink hole in the jungle floor…YIKES!
But this trip is a serious hike (about an hour) into the jungle and then the gorgeous (once you get over the fear) drop into a limestone cave filled with stalagmites and -tites for a picnic lunch.
You want me to jump in where? It’s the first jump that’s a bit challenging but then you are surrounded by rays and NURSE sharks and it’s…pretty amazing.
So you feel comfortable…no big deal. I LOVE SNORKELING! Why not sign up for a night tour? There are different creatures – like squids and octupi – out swimming. The moray eel is on the hunt.
All that you see is the beam of your flashlight as you bob in the dark water. If you see something scary? Turn off your light.
Now THAT’S adventure. It’s a fantastic few hours…that make you feel very adventurous.
3. Natural Watersliding At Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve
Hundreds of jaguars live in this park outside of Hopkins and Placencia, Belize but it’s not the jaguars that got me nervous. It was my guide Doyle’s crazy and amazing natural water slide tour.
A short hike brought us to a GORGEOUS waterfall and cave but that was only the beginning…
Beautiful. But for the next hour or so, Doyle has you sliding (sometimes laying down, sometimes seated, sometimes right into him, sometimes praying that you don’t get a concussion) down rock slides…all the way down the river.
It’s absolutely crazy. And fabulous.
4. Ziplining Belize’s Longest Zip Line and Waterfall Rappelling at Bocawina Park
Outside Hopkins, is the gorgeous Bocawina Park with a lovely lodge, tons of hiking trails, the longest zip line in the country AND the waterfall rappelling. The one adventure on this list that I WIMPED OUT OF. (Here’s the whole sordid story.)
The zip lining is super fun…and you start by traversing this very Indiana Jones type bridge. The view is beyond gorgeous out there.
After you zip and hike, you can go off to a few waterfalls for the rappelling. We tried the smaller one…and I…now I’m kinda embarrassed about it. I got strapped up, helmetted, I watched a few people go…and slip and slide…and I wimped out. ADVENTURE!
I need a do-over.
5. Climbing to The Top of The Tallest Building at Lamanai and then Coming Down
Belize has some gorgeous Mayan sites…Caracol, Xunantunich, Lubaantun, Lamanai. Lamanai, in the northern Orange Walk District of Belize, is stunning…magical…and a beautiful day on the river. Monkeys, iguanas, crocs…it’s super fun. (Here’s my whole experience on the trip.)
But the tallest temple is steep and fantastic to climb. There is a rope to help you along if you need it. And on the way up…pffffft. What kind of wimp would need a rope?
And then on the way down? I realized I was the wimp that needed a rope. Sigh…
This temple is STEEP! And getting down? Don’t be afraid to bump down on your butt. No one is keeping score.
6. The Belize Zoo
Hey! I just heard you suck your teeth and saw you sneer! What can be so adventurous about the zoo? Well let me tell you. First let me tell you how I love love love the zoo. Up close and personal with some gorgeous animals. Like Carlos the puma.
Or Panama the Harpy Eagle. Or the tapirs. It’s awesome.
But an additional tour you can take, is the jaguar experience. Get a little time to spend some up close and personal, high-fiving time with a JAGUAR!
7. Diving or Snorkeling the Great Blue Hole
Some people come to Belize just to do this trip. A HUGE DIVING BUCKET LIST ITEM. Some hem and haw…is it worth it? Waking at 5am? Spending almost 2 hours getting out there. Answer? YES.
And though I was just snorkeling and others were diving the 130 feet into the ocean sinkhole, just the site of reef sharks while you are in the water is pretty exciting. They don’t care about you one bit.
But if they did…
Blue Hole from the water level.
And the Blue Hole from a Tropic Air charter flight.
8. THE ATM CAVE
If you want an experience that has you feeling like WONDER WOMAN at the end and ready to do it again IMMEDIATELY, the ATM Cave is it. It’s adventure, it’s gorgeous, it’s fascinating, it’s exhausting (in a good way)…it’s freakin’ magic. And it’s something I am quite sure you can only do it Belize.
Hike and swim miles into a cave dripping with crystals with a running river to a sacrificial area used by the Maya over 1000 years ago…and a preserved skeleton of the Crystal Maiden.
If you don’t say ” Are you sure we should be doing this?” at least 100 times…I would be shocked. It. is. amazing. Read all about my experience here. NO CAMERAS ALLOWED. And for very good reason.
I’m going to leave it right there…as if THAT isn’t enough! I could add in amazing snorkeling with a manatee off Caye Caulker – but that is more a “fall in love” experience than crazy adventure.
I could also add in parasailing…but that is more beautiful than heart pounding. See?
And I’d DEFINITELY add driving over the Hummingbird Highway (over the Maya Mountains) at night…but I’ve never done the driving myself.
PLEASE let me know if there is anything I can add to the list. With advancing age, apparently, come the guts to do this sorta stuff.
Who knew? VIVA ADVENTURE!
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