5 Ideas For Ecotourism in Belize

By Christina Maness

Belize is located in Central America. It’s a small country of just 330,000 people from many different cultural backgrounds. Packed in this tiny country are endless options for exploring some of the planet’s finest examples of ancient Mayan culture and stunning nature. Here’s five ideas for a trip to Belize that are high on ecoluxury.

Explore The Belize Barrier Reef From Xanadu Island Resort

Part of the Meso American Reef System, the Belize Barrier Reef covers an impressive 237,962 acres. This area of stunning beauty is a UNESCO heritage site in part for the diverse number of reef types you’ll find when you visit. The perfect base for your reef trip is Xanadu Island Resort, an eco-friendly boutique accommodation certified by Green Globe. The resort is located on Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island surrounded by the Caribbean’s crystal blue waters.

From Xanadu Island Resorts, guests can take snorkeling tours in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, home to stingrays and nurse sharks. During your visit, make sure to see Blue Hole National Monument. This giant ring of corals was famously visited by Jacques Cousteau in the early 1970s.  

The resort is an easy cycle into the heart of San Pedro too, so it’s perfect for people who seek nightlife entertainment after a day of snorkeling or diving.

Spot the Elusive Jaguar at Chan Chich

For those of you doing your research, Belize is home to the world’s first jaguar reserve. It’s in Cockscomb Basin Forest Reserve, in the south-central part of the country. It’s nearly impossible, however, to see the jaguar when visiting this reserve. If you want your best chance at seeing the jaguar, head to northwest Belize and stay in Chan Chich.

Chan Chich is located on a 130,000 acre reserve where, according to some reports, a jaguar is spotted about once a week. Even if you don’t spot a jaguar, the Chan Chich area is home to 350 species of birds ranging from white hawks to toucans. Guests can also learn more about the Mayan culture through archaeological and medicinal plant walks.

Explore Mountains from the Blancaneaux Lodge

For mountain lovers, booking the Blancaneaux Lodge, near the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, is a good bet. The resort, owned by cinema legend Francis Ford Coppola and his family, rests on a steep hillside offering beautiful views of mountains and the Privassion River below. And you'll be happy to know Blancaneaux Lodge has a hydroelectric plant which powers most of the resort area.

Before relaxing in luxury, guests can explore the surrounding forests through hiking and mountain biking. As an added bonus, the ecolodge is a great places for exploring Mayan temples like the famous Caracol, located on the Vaca Plateau about 1,650 feet above sea level.

Escape to Nature at Chaa Creek

This jungle resort is a destination in itself. For the socially conscious travelers looking to book a Belize trip with one stop, this is a great option. In the western part of Belize, about 30 minutes from San Ignacio, travelers can experience much of the country’s nature offerings on this 365-acre private resort.

The resort has a variety of outdoor options including exploring a rainforest reserve, canoeing on the Macal River, and a horseback riding tour in which visitors can learn about how the Maya farmed.

What’s not to love about this? The hotel has received numerous awards for its commitment to sustainability, and it’s environmentally certified by Green Globe. Additionally, the resort is focused on giving back to the community through a range of efforts, including its Pack-A-Pound program, which encourages guests to donate school supplies. 

Learn about Sustainable Farming at Belcampo Belize

If you’re interested in agritourism and learning about sustainable food production, then Belcampo Belize should be at the top of your list.

Located in southern Belize outside of Punta Gorda, Belcampo is a sustainable farming paradise. At Belcampo, they grow organic sugar cane, cacao and coffee, and the local workers are paid fair wages. More than 70 percent of the food served at the ecolodge is grown on site. Guests at Belcampo can take educational tours of the farm and participate in multiple workshops for farm-to-table cooking, and coffee lovers can even rejoice in a bean-to-cup experience.

Have you been to Belize? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section.

Published: 12/2/2015

While traveling the world as a digital nomad, Christina found it difficult to find the fine travel experiences that satisfied her conscience. She started The Wayward Post with Ziggy to help travelers find those travel experiences that are driving positive change and to give the Wayward hat tip to travel-related brands doing the right thing. All while amplifying the work of amazing writers and photographers.

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