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With jungles, rainforests, coastal lagoons, and rivers, the region is home to an amazing array of animal and plant life and most importantly to the Lamanai Maya site.

Chan Chich is an upscale eco-lodge located on a 130,000 acre private nature reserve in Gappon Jug (North Western Belize). Perfect destinations for a high chance to see the elusive jaguar in its natural habitat and a broad variety of birds.

Cradled in a beautiful valley just south of where the Mopan and Macal Rivers converge, San Ignacio enjoys a convenient location close to many of Belize's most popular outdoor attractions, including the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Preserve, the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve, the Baron Creek Cave, and Cahal Pech Maya Ruins.

300 square miles of granite and pine, smack in the middle of the otherwise tropical Cayo district of Belize. Its magnificent vistas, gorges, caves, and waterfalls are what makes this such a popular destination. Outdoor activities abound here, with spectacular natural attractions like Rio on Pools, Hidden Valley Falls (aka, 1000 Foot Falls), and the incredible Rio Frio Cave.

Located in the Toledo district, Punta Gorda is the largest town in Southern Belize. The area is rich with lush rainforests, waterfalls and rivers, and extensive cave systems. The numerous national parks and protected areas are swarming with plant and animal species. This area is dotted with authentic Maya villages, and a number of significant Mayan ruins including Lubaantun, the largest Maya ruin in the Toledo District, and nearby Nim-li Punit.
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DIVINE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MAYAS

On the outskirts of the Mayan World, Belize offers an impressive number of Mayan sites to explore. While not as large as the Mayan sites and pyramids in Mexico and Guatemala, the ruins in Belize will satisfy the curiosity of most history buffs and travelers. For those staying in San Ignacio, Chahal Pech is a great starting point, as it is located just a short stroll away from town. Although smaller than other sites, Cahal Pech's museum provides a great wealth of information and exhibits that prepare you to visit all Mayan sites in Belize and even Guatemala. Xunantunich is just 20-30 minutes away from San Ignacio, very close to the Guatemalan border, however it is also accesible from Mountain Pine Ridge (1hr 30 mins. drive time). Also close to the border, we find Caracol, located SW from Mountain Pine Ridge. (1 hr driving distance) it is also accesible from San Ignacio (1 hr 45 mins. average). Lamanai is located in the Orange Walk district, about 2 hours NW of Belize city or 2 hrs 45 mins NE from Chan Chich but can be best enjoyed by those staying in the Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Altun-Ha is just 1 hr NW of Belize city, off the Old Northen Highway. Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit are in Southern Belize, in Toledo District, about 26 miles NW and 20 miles N of Punta Gorda, respectively. Due to Belize's proximity to Guatemala, some prefer to cross the border to pay either a full day visit (from San Ignacio or Mountain Pine) or a 1 or 2 night stay to the Tikal Mayan site, which contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya Civilization.
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