With its vibrant multicultural populace and varied landscapes, Belize has been described as diversity coexisting in harmony.

And nowhere is this study in harmonious contrasts more apparent than in inland Belize.

Over a quarter of Belize’s 70 by 180 mile landmass consists of protected areas, and in Cayo alone you’ll find savannahs, pastures, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and forests ranging from lush jungles to the airy pine woodlands of the Mountain Pine Ridge – each with own distinctive habitat and abundant wildlife.

So many different landscapes present the traveller with an almost dizzying number of things to see and do, with swimming, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, exploring ancient Maya temples and cities, birding, cultural tours, caving and ATV jungle safaris just some of the more popular activities.

In just one day, for example, guests can enjoy a leisurely breakfast with fresh tropical fruits and local mountain grown coffee, explore the ancient Maya royal residence at Cahal Pech or take in vistas of Belize and Guatemala from the top of the beautiful ceremonial pyramid of Xunantunich, head up to the Mountain Pine Ridge to visit the Rio Frio cave, swim in the refreshing Rio On pools, and be back in time for cocktails or another swim before enjoying an exquisite farm-to-table dinner with produce grown within walking distance of their table.

With so many healthy activities to stimulate the appetite and encourage relaxation, visitors are happy to discover how many opportunities for exquisite dining and sublime pampering there are in inland Belize. In fact, some of country’s best restaurants and most highly regarded spas are to be found in the Cayo District, with the Guava Limb Café in San Ignacio recognised as a “Belize Best Restaurant” by the Belize Tourism Board, and Chaa Creek’s Hilltop Spa having gained international recognition.

It’s hard to think of another destination that offers so much in such a small area. Add in the famously friendly, English speaking Belizeans who love to show visitors around, and you’ll quickly understand why the Cayo District has become one of Belize’s fastest growing tourism destinations.