BRL Tour Highlight – Best of the West

August 23, 2022
Frank and Alex – father/daughter 2022
August 23, 2022

BRL Tour Highlight – Best of the West


While Belize River Lodge is known for Flats fishing, being on the mainland, we offer an array of tours for those who want to see a little more of Belize.


{Western Belize} BEST OF THE WEST: Belize Zoo, Xunantunich Maya Site & Cahal Pech Maya Site

Start the day with a stop at the Belize Zoo, an approximate 45 minute drive from BRL. The Belize Zoo sits upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 150 animals, representing over 45 species; all native to Belize. Our beautiful natural Belize Zoo features only Belize’s native animals, birds and wildlife. The zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo or  rehabilitated animals. It is a wonderful zoo with a “don’t miss” opportunity to see all the cats of Belize, including the Jaguars!

Continue on to Xunantunich (Maiden of the Rock), approximately a hour and a half drive from the Belize Zoo. Xunantunich was a major ceremonial Mayan site during the classic period and most of the structures here date from about 200 to 900 AD. Climb to the top of El Castillo, the largest temple of this site and gaze across the expanse of the remains of this great Maya City.

If time allows in your day, travel about 15 minutes to Cahal Pech (Place of the Tick) Maya site, which is a beautifully restored elite Maya family residential area, located near the town of San Iganacio. Most of the construction dates to the Classic period, however, evidence shows continuous habitation as far back as 1200 BC, making Cahal Pech one of the oldest recognizably Maya sites in Western Belize. Walk through the tunnels and archways of Cahal Pech and plazas and see how the Maya lived.

Birders: Both Xunantunich and Cahal Pech are surrounded by Rainforest with trails so excellent birding sites.

(Requested Tour Favorite of BRL Guests)