Cayo District, Belize
Stay: Chaa Creek (2 nights)
Belize is famed for its Caribbean beaches and turquoise sea, but head further inland and you'll discover Cayo District's vast variety of wild and wonderful experiences; jagged limestone hills; boulder-strewn rivers and creeks; and low, emerald mountains where tapirs, peccaries and jaguars roam free. Dotted with Maya ruins – from Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, and El Pilar, to the mother of all Belizean Maya sites – Caracol – you'll also encounter the 107,000-acre Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Offering a little respite from the hotter lowlands, it's Belize's oldest, largest protected forested area, and a sharp contrast to its tropical landscape.
In 1981, Chaa Creek started off as a single hut. Almost four decades on it’s one of the world’s most eco-friendly resorts and a pioneer in Belize adventure travel: an exquisite blend of natural beauty, man-made comforts and wildly civilised adventure.
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