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About Belize

No wonder the people of Belize are always smiling.

A historical Old Town, tropical beaches, mangroves, rainforests and Mayan ruins (and that's just for starters); it's an easy place to love. Add a warm year-round climate, a seamless blend of cultures and a laidback welcome and you'll be wishing you could spend longer in this small but perfectly formed country.

 

With Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the south and miles of Caribbean coastline, Belize is a riot of colour. Sink your toes into sugary soft sands and turquoise sea. Snorkelling is the best way to watch the rainbow of gaudy fish flitting the reefs. Go deeper with a dive expert to explore the limestone caverns within its complex caves. Inland there's a kaleidoscope of tropical wildlife within the sanctuaries and conservation parks. Listen out for the howler monkeys, Belize's national animal the tapir, and if you're really lucky, the camera-shy keel-billed Toucan.

 

Shore excursions in Belize

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Altun Ha and Belize

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Delve into the country’s colonial past and present and discover the mystery of the Mayan civilisation at the Altun Ha settlement.

Sit back and relax, as you drive through the city of Belize, passing by the beautiful landmarks and old British colonial buildings mixed with modern architecture. Then, you’ll head along the Northern Highway to the Altun Ha ruins.

Three plazas and 13 structures mark the epicentre of this significant ceremonial site, known as the Maya of Mesoamerica. Altun Ha was said to have been a key trade and religious centre in the ancient world, believed to have accommodated about 10,000 people.

The most extensively excavated of all the Mayan sites in Belize, Altun Ha is located just 7 miles from the sea and surrounded by primary broadleaf rainforest. Visit the incredible temples and tombs where many interesting and unique artefacts have been uncovered. Possibly the most famous of all Altun Ha’s finds was a 9½ pound jade head of the Sun God, Kinich Ahau, found in the tomb of a royal priest within the main temple.

Stone steps allow you to climb to the top of three of the main temples, where these ancient vantage points afford magnificent views over the surrounding forests and Mayan plazas.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves up to 1 hour of walking over flat and slightly inclined terrain, which may be uneven in places. The climb to the top of the temple steps is optional and may not be permitted in inclement weather, for safety reasons.

Belize City by Trolley Train

Activity low

Duration: 1¼ hours

Step aboard the Calypso Train and explore the colourful sights and sounds of Belize City.

Enjoy the cool ocean breeze on your open-air trolley tour, as your knowledgeable guide details the rich history and cultural diversity of this former British settlement. You will travel through contrasting districts, from the affluent residential homes in King’s Park and the Governor’s Mansion to the working class neighbourhoods brimming with daily life.

See the first Anglican Church built in Central America and the oldest building in Belize, St John’s Cathedral. This Cathedral was constructed by slaves in 1812 using the ballast bricks from merchant ships.

As you travel along Regent Street in the hub of the old commercial district you’ll feel like you have stepped back in time. Built for horse and buggy, the narrow streets are lined with quaint shops and small boutique hotels. Here, you will see fine examples of restored colonial architecture, showing a delightful blend of old and new.

No tour of Belize City is complete without a trip over the Swing Bridge, said to be the only manually operated bridge still in use today. After crossing the bridge, your tour will end back at the Tourism Village.

Essential information

Passengers must be able to negotiate the step onto and off the trolley train.

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