Welcome to Belmopan


But this is the national capital, a major transport hub, a place to extend your visa and an easygoing university city with a decent range of restaurants. More importantly, it's a useful base for exploring nearby caves, national parks, the Hummingbird Hwy and most of the attractions in eastern Cayo.


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$74.99 Tours & Sightseeing

Altun Ha Half-Day Tour

This half-day tour focuses on the contrast between the ancient Mayan city of Altun Ha and modern-day Belize City, highlighting 1,000 years of development in this former British Colony. Altun Ha (Maya for "Rock Stone Water") thrived as a trading post to the Maya World during the Post-Classic and Classic periods. Today, Belize City today is home to about 35% of the country's population and remains the commercial capital of the country though the official capital was moved to Belmopan in the interior in 1971. Your city tour includes historical sites such as the redbrick St. John's Cathedral and the colonial mansion once occupied by the British Governors. You'll also notice the colonial wooden architecture of many of the houses during the tour.

$135 Day Trips & Excursions

Belize City to Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Day Trip

Some 80 miles (130km) on paved highway east of Belize City, among the northern foothills of the Maya Mountain Range, is one of the fabled kingdoms of the ancient Maya, called Xunantunich (Shoo-nan-too-niche), meaning “Maiden of the Rock”. Leaving Belize City behind, you'll enjoy a scenic drive aboard your air-conditioned tour van. Roll along the Western Highway through the coastal plain of Belize and through the hilly countryside. Ride past the new capital city of Belmopan, along Creole and Meztiso Villages and pass the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout with their beautifully kept farmlands. Then, drive through San Ignacio and Santa Elena and across the Macal River to the southern banks of the Mopan River. Cross over the Mopan River by ferry and head to Xunantunich, a Mayan gemstone hidden in the Belizean rainforest. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the site and wander across grassy plazas. Marvel at the perfect architecture of El Castillo, one of the three largest Maya Temples of Belize, and the largest structure on this site, standing 130 feet (40 meters) above plaza level. Its reconstructed East and West friezes represent Gods of the Maya and boast several inner chambers. Move through other temples and courtyards where kings, queens and their elite once carried out special ceremonies honoring a pantheon of gods of a fantastic cosmological religion which reigned supreme in Mesoamerica for several thousands of years. There is an excellent display at the center of the site, and you'll have a chance to climb the “stairway to heaven” on El Castillo. From the top, you'll enjoy panoramic views for as far as the eye can see. You'll truly be at the top of the Mayan world!

$120 Private & Custom Tours

Cheese making tour

When you think of Belize, you probably don’t think of cheese, but there are some great dairy farms in Belize! Tour a small farm in Calla Creek, Belize that specializes in goat cheese. Nina and her family will show you around their farm, which you must access with a boat across the river. The farm contains goats, cows, horses, and other animals, as well as a variety of crops, including towering, ancient trees. After touring the farm, Nina will show you the process of making goat cheese and let you sample fresh goat milk and cheese. Another option is touring Ian Anderson’s lodge on the beautiful Hummingbird Highway near Belmopan. These artisan cheeses are made with organic full cream milk, and there are a variety of cheeses to choose from. Sample the cheeses, choose your favorite, and take it along on your picnic lunch to the ruins, caves, or waterfalls!

$185 Outdoor Activities

Xunantunich and Blue Hole

Xunantunich has six major plazas with more than twenty-five temples and palaces. "El Castillo" (the Castle), the largest rising to 130 feet above the plaza. El Castillo has carved friezes on the east and west sides. The frieze on the east has been preserved and covered with a fibre glass replica of the central mask representing the sun god. Leave Placencia at 6:30 am for the drive to the majestic Hummingbird Highway drive with its karst limestone topography intermixed with orange groves. Turn west at Belmopan toward Guatemala and Xunantunich.  On the way home, stop along the Hummingbird Highway to enjoy a refreshing swim in Blue Hole National Park. Return to Placencia in the evening around 7:00 pm.Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeved shirt, long pants and a hat and a swim suit. Bring a camera, binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen, and plenty of water.Fitness level required:  low to moderate

$125 Outdoor Activities

In-Land Blue Hole National Park and Belmopan City Tour From Belize City

After being picked up, you will head to In-Land National Park. On the way there, your guide will share different information about Belize and its history and you will also see some local rural villages. Once at the national park, you will spend one hour hiking and swimming, always accompanied by a local guide. You will then head to Belize's capital city, Belmopan, where you will stop for a lunch break. You will be taken on a city tour of Belmopan where you will visit the city's most iconic sights such as the parliament and assembly buildings. After 2 hours at the capital, you will be driven back to Belize City.

$156.25 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

In-Land Blue Hole National Park and Belize Zoo From Belize City

The Belize Zoo is a small zoo with a big heart. Every species is placed in habitats that are similar to what their natural surroundings would be if they were still in the wild. Birds fly high in natural, enclosed canopies. Crocodiles lounge about in pools made just for them. The magnificent Jabiru Stork stakes its claim to lots of space and may even fluff its huge wingspan for a show. The Jaguar, Mountain Lion, and other wild cats blend into space provided for them and may come out for amazing photo opportunities.Now you will head to In-Land National Park. On the way there, your guide will share different information about Belize and its history and you will also see some local rural villages. Once at the national park, you will spend one hour hiking and swimming, always accompanied by a local guide. You will then head to Belize's capital city, Belmopan, where you will stop for a lunch break.