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Top Choice Ruins in San José Succotz & Around

Xunantunich

Set on a leveled hilltop, Xunantunich (shoo-nahn-too-neech) is one of Belize's most easily accessible and impressive Maya archaeological sites. Getting here is half the fun with a free hand-cranked cable ferry takin…
Gardens in Southwest of San Ignacio

Belize Botanic Gardens

The magnificent Belize Botanic Gardens, accessed from the grounds of duPlooy's Jungle Lodge, hold samples of roughly one-quarter of the approximately 4000 species of plants in Belize. The bountiful 45-acre zone boas…
Sculpture in Benque Viejo del Carmen

Poustinia Land Art Park

Created and managed by the Ruiz family, this highly unexpected avant-garde sculpture park is one of the hidden artistic gems of Western Belize. Set in 60 acres of rainforest (part of a 270-acre property) about 2 mil…
Cave in Benque Viejo del Carmen

Che Chem Ha

William Morales' dog was busy chasing down a gibnut (small, brown-spotted rodent) on his lush property one day in 1989, when the dog seemingly disappeared into a rock wall. Morales pressed into the 'wall' and found …
Nature Reserve in Southwest of San Ignacio

Chaa Creek

Set along the banks of the Macal River, beautiful Chaa Creek is a 365-acre nature reserve offering extensive facilities to lodge guests and nonguests alike. Running through the jungle just above the river, the Rainf…
Nature Center in Southwest of San Ignacio

Chaa Creek Natural History Center & Butterfly Farm

Hike up the tree-covered hillside above the Macal River to reach the Chaa Creek Natural History Center & Butterfly Farm, a small nature center with displays on Belize’s flora and fauna, as well as the early Maya…
Belizean in San José Succotz & Around

Benny's Kitchen

Benny's is a local institution in San José Succotz – the turnoff is opposite the Xunantunich ferry so it's convenient for a post-ruin meal. Local specialties include tangy escabeche (spicy chicken with lime and onio…
Museum in Benque Viejo del Carmen

Benque Viejo House of Culture

On the southeast corner of Centennial Park, Benque Viejo House of Culture hosts regular traveling exhibits of art and music and provides a space for local artists and musicians to gather and perform. For travelers i…
Gardens in San José Succotz & Around

Tropical Wings Nature Center

This interactive ecology exhibit is aimed at kids, but even adults will enjoy the butterfly house and medicinal gardens. It's on the grounds of the Trek Stop just outside San José Succotz.
Cafe in Benque Viejo del Carmen

Tel-esh

This hole-in-the-wall cafe serves up cheap and tasty Belizean dishes, such as chicken, rice and beans, good coffee, fruit drinks and breakfasts.