A Belizean bonanza of natural wealth and archaeological wonder
Located in the north of the country, Orange Walk itself is no highlight although there are some interesting markets to visit and is a real melting pot of cultures with Creoles, Mennonites and Maya Indians who earn their living from the timber and sugar that they produce in the region.
The town is however a gateway to spectacular ancient cities, highlighted by the temples at Lamanai. With jungles, rainforest, coastal lagoons and rivers the region is home to an amazing array of animal and plant life including the jaguar and manatee. Bird-watching is excellent too.
The Rio Bravo Conservation Area is the largest conservation area in Belize and well worth a visit being an excellent place for spotting wildlife.
We would recommend a stay at the Chan Chich lodge set within an ancient Mayan city in Gallon Jug.
The gateway to the wild beyond
When to go: All year round