Birds that use rainbows as beaks. Horseback rides through rainforests to ruined Mayan cities. Canoeing along the Rio Grande. Swimming through underwater tunnels to Mayan burial chambers. Fabulous beaches. The surprise is Belize.

For such a comparatively small country, Belize offers you a surprisingly large number of fascinating experiences.

The first time, for example, you dive beneath the warm waters of the Caribbean, you will be shocked at the diversity and colour of the undersea world. Belize’s beaches are amongst the best in the region, but the snorkelling - amongst friendly rays and nurse sharks - is sensational.

And then there is the ancient Mayan site of Caracol. Talk to Paul Webb, one of our Belize experts, about a tailor-made itinerary and she will arrange a pilgrimage to this remote Mayan pyramid with three temples on its summit. You’ll discover an ancient Mayan acropolis, an astronomic observatory and stepped plazas – all hidden away in high-canopied jungle; home to dazzling toucans and miniature frogs.

With Paul at the helm, your tailored holiday could end with total relaxation, cruising off in a small, luxury sailing boat – or a catamaran – to deserted islands and secret lagoons where you can fish or go snorkelling; sunbathe on empty, white beaches or simply laze about on board listening to the lap of the sea against the boat’s hull.

Welcome to surprising Belize.

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