Belize combines the best of what Central America has to offer: jungles, beaches, Maya history and ancient ruins, wildlife and nature, adventure and relaxation. This tiny nation at the base of the Yucatan Peninsula contains the second largest barrier reef system in the world, beautiful and ecologically rich cayes and atolls, and an immense diversity of forests, from pine forests to lowland rainforests.

Belize comprises 85 ecosystems for naturalists to investigate. Travelers can venture north to the Orange Walk District to explore wetland diversity and participate in global discussions on the ecological health of wetlands, or south to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar preserve. This amazing diversity of habitats supports Neotropical fauna like jaguars, tapirs, and howler monkeys, plus birds like toucans, hummingbirds, and the Jabiru, the tallest flying bird in Central and South America.

For adventurers, Belize offers rafting, rappelling, climbing, and kayaking. Go zip lining through the jungle, or snorkel the spectacular marine environment that includes fringe reefs, mangroves, sea-grass beds and open ocean environments. Belize is also home to a number of caves, including the famous Actun Tunichil Muknal (home of the famous “crystal maiden” skeleton) and Chiquibul, the largest known cave system in Central America. 

An ethnic melting pot with a unique Caribbean culture, Belize’s diversity makes it attractive for travelers with interests in cultural studies and immersion. Archaeological sites like Xunantunich, Lamanai, and Caracol shed light on the ancient Maya civilization that once flourished here. Holbrook’s partnerships with local organizations provide opportunities for meaningful service work projects or cultural exchange, and conservation discussions are flavored by the country’s history and the special relationship between the ancient Maya and their environment. Whether your goal is to study marine life with local scientists, learn about ancient cultures, or relax on its beautiful beaches, Belize offers a wealth of cultural, ecological and marine treasures.

Trips to Join

From $2,900

Birding

Belize | Flyway Expedition: Birding and Nature in the Tropics of Belize

Led by Matt Jeffery
Nov 9, 2018 - Nov 16, 2018

Trips to Plan

From $1,950

Student Travel

Belize | Study Abroad: Marine Science

7 Days | Choose your dates
From $3,400

Adventure

Belize | Exploring Rainforest, Reefs, and Ruins

8 Days | Choose your dates
From $2,235

Birding

Belize and Guatemala | Neotropical Birds and Mayan Ruins

8 Days | Choose your dates

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