Known as the Highlands of Belize, the Cayo District is the country’s largest districts and one of its most visited inland areas. Made up of rolling farmland, rainforests and pine forests, the region is home to Belmopan, the capital of Belize.
One of the most popular destinations in the Cayo District is the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Belize’s oldest park, it’s a great place for cycling and walking. On a visit to the park you can also canoe through the famous Barton Creek Cave, a subterranean network that’s still home to original Mayan ceramics.
The region is also home to the tourist town of San Ignacio, the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout and a number of key archaeological sites. These include Xunantunich, Cahal Pech and the Mayan city of Caracol, once home to over 100,000 people. Two major rivers, the Macal and the Mopan, run through the region, making it a great destination for kayaking. If you’re a rider, you can also explore on horseback.