Cayo District is the largest district of Belize, so it tends to get a lot of attention and tourism. It is located in the western part of the country, lying on the border area with neighboring Guatemala. The main reason to visit this part of Belize is the huge number of Maya archaeological sites (especially Caracol and Xunantunich), nature reserves (Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve), exquisite waterfalls, and ancient caves. For someone who is interested in more than just the beach, Cayo District is usually your top destination in Belize.
Despite the fact that the capital city of Belmopan is located in this region, Cayo District is actually focused mainly on agriculture rather than industry, which may seem strange to visitors from other countries. The center of this region is the city of San Ignacio, with a population of just over 17,000 inhabitants. The Maya site of Cahal Pech is also located within the city. There is a twin town of San Ignacio, called Santa Elena, which also attracts thousands of visitors each year.
ATM Cave – Best Trip in Belize?
There are a few main attractions in the Cayo District, including the massive remains of Caracol, which are hidden in the jungle. You can also see the beautiful Xunantunich, from which you have a one-of-a-kind panorama of Belize and Guatemala. However, what might take the cake for best trip in Belize is actually a cave, called Actun Tunichil Muknal. According to many travel forums and countless visitors, it might be the single best attraction in the country. We should also mention Barton Creek cave if you want something slightly less tourism-based, but ATM Cave is truly magnificent.
There is also the protected national park Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, where you can see jaguars and tapirs besides other animals in their natural habitat, which is worth mentioning and visiting if you have an extra few hours. The Cayo District is simply packed with things to see, so most guides would suggest an entire week to see the range of beautiful sights and experiences in Belize’s largest district.