5 Hidden Gems In Belize! Upgrade Your Bucket List. Punta Gorda, Southern Belize!
It’s been a while since I was busy with lot of different projects. So I’ll take this chance to make it up with the best story I have right now. Recently, I traveled to Belize, obviously a hidden paradise that is barely known by some people around me. It was an unexpected journey for me to find out the existence of this place and once I did, even what I saw on Google was enough to get me excited.
A quick generalized info, Belize is mostly known only for being a beach vacation place and also as a nice spot for scuba divers. I’m writing now to changing this perception. Instead of seeing it all blue, I’m gonna also add lot of green to the picture of Belize.
For my trip, I went to Punta Gorda, Southern Belize, which was quite far away from being a center of attention. Google says that Punta Gorda and Toledo District is the least visited places in Belize. At first, I thought I’ll miss a lot of good stuff by staying far from center. But Punta Gorda proved me wrong! Cotton Tree Lodge…This amazing place showed me how much fun nature can offer to us.
I stayed in the jungle with all the beautiful animals, surrounded by trees, and the lovely Mayan community. It certainly makes us feel the greatest amount of freedom and appreciate all the awesome things we have in the nature. I could tell emotional stuff about this place whole day, but let’s be honest, you probably keep scrolling down to see the list.
Long story short…Here is the top things that I picked for you from my lovely visit to this paradise:
Tiger Cave, Punta Gorda
It was some challenging 3 hours. After passing the river and getting all wet, we made our way to the cave with a challenging hike which lasted about half an hour. If you feel brave enough to stay in darkness with bats and spiders, this cave really helps you appreciate all the things you have in your life. The entrance is stunning with the lights and the trees surrounding it. It is an ancient cave that Mayan were conducting their ceremonies. The cave has some spiritual vibes for sure.
No such hiking shoe can make it alive till the end of this trip. Of course special boats are needed. You will get wet indeed and sometimes might get covered with mud. But that’s what made me feel more alive after this experience.
Kayaking The Moho River
Don’t judge based on this picture, it gets crazier once you get closer to the end. Moho River is a river of both Guatemala and Belize. So, it’s a big one. While kayaking, the view in front of me was just unbelievable. The river was like a mirror and the reflection of all the shades of green was stunning. While passing the river, all the wild life surrounding the jungle is quite visible. Monkeys, birds, iguanas and many more can be observed. If kayaking didn’t get you excited, you can do swimming or fishing as well!
Lubaantun, Mayan Ruins
Lubaantun, “The Place of Falling Stones” , this is the place I picked for history lovers. Population in here is estimated to have been almost 600 people. Lubaantun is also believed to have been a center of trade regulation. Nowadays it is still great to learn about Mayan history from the small museum next to it and do some bird watching and enjoying historical architecture. One fact we learned though was quite interesting. Whoever wants to learn about the mystery of the crystal skulls just give this a click.
Rio Blanco National Park
Jumping into a waterfall? If that didn’t sound excited, here is the link for my favorite life coach. Jokes aside, this national park and the waterfall will get you excited for good. With 100% green view, perfect photographable spots and a stunning river view. Don’t hesitate to jump into the waterfall from the giant rock next to it. It was quite fun experience. We did lot of fun shootings with GoPro! The bridge you see on the picture above reminded me the Indiana Jones movies, so I may have lost a little bit when I was walking over it.
There are so many little rocks on the river where you can sit and enjoy the peaceful view and meditate. It is almost tourist free due to the road, so you will most probably be alone or with your group during your visit. To reach there I believe you need to book the tour if you don’t have a car. In Belize public transportation is quite rare thing and not available every time you look for.
So overall, during your time in Belize you will always need whether a 4×4 car or an experienced tour guide. But my biggest tip is try to ignore all the extra costs for this trip because this paradise deserves to be seen completely. Don’t skip any of the miraculous nature spots and get the best out of your trip!
Belize was one of my most memorable trips and probably it will remain like this for a long time! It is definitely a life changing place. I hope you take some time to make your way here and visit this amazing country and meet with all the lovely locals in here. ENJOY BELIZE and stay in green!
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