Once known as Belize’s “Wild West” the Cayo District has become one of the country’s most popular destinations. With pristine rainforests, rivers and waterfalls, the Maya Mountains, Mountain Pine Ridge and a wealth of ancient Maya temples and archaeological sites, Cayo is becoming known for offering something for everyone.
For example, a popular Chaa Creek day trip is the lazy downstream canoe paddle to San Ignacio, a town some 13 kilometres from the Guatemalan border that has retained its frontier charm amid growing sophistication, offering a number of restaurants, cafes and arts and crafts galleries that cater to travelers. And just outside the town’s centre lie Cahal Pech, a beautifully preserved ancient Maya royal residence with an informative visitors’ centre. A short drive away is the exquisite ancient pyramid of Xunantunich accessed by a hand-cranked ferry across the Mopan River from the Maya village of Succotz.
Other day trips from Chaa Creek include excursions to ancient Maya sacred ceremonial caves, the Mountain Pine Ridge with the lovely and refreshing Rio On Pools, and a vast number of other sights and experiences both wild and civilized.
Cayo is like that.