Natural Attractions in Belmopan

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As you look ahead to your next adventure, you'll find Belize's capital city of Belmopan to be a great destination.  While it is the capital city and the seat of government, it is also surrounded by many natural attractions that can only be described as wondrous.  This makes it easy to mix things up and combine a nice dose of culture with days spent exploring two nature reserves and several different caves among other sites. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you want to spend time under the open sky? You might be pleased to know the area has some nature preserves nearby.

Heris Nature Park is a popular nature preserve located 3.2 mi. Northeast of central Belmopan. Heris Nature Park has several attractions that guests can visit, including multiple hiking trails, forested areas, gardens, nurseries, and gift shops.

Vacationers hoping to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing sites like St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park. St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park can be found on the right side of Hummingbird Highway, about 12 miles southeast of Belmopan. Parking is available, but buses that run along the highway will drop passengers off as well.

Take a moment to read the following table for a listing of nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Belmopan
Name Type Location
Heris Nature Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Belmopan
St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 9.4 mi. Southeast of Central Belmopan


Actun Tunichil Muknal

Even though most vacationers have heard about the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Belmopan some interesting choices, including 4 caves.

You may enjoy visiting Blue Hole Cave, which is located 8.8 mi. Southeast of central Belmopan. Located at the Blue Hole National Park, the Blue Hole Cave provides a welcome reprieve from the hot Belize summers, along with the experience of having taken a dip in one of nature's wonders.

Another available option is Chumpiate Maya Cave. It is located 10.1 mi. Southeast of central Belmopan. Hidden deep in the forest is a spot once often occupied by Mayas: Chumpiate Cave. Within there are ruins that anyone mystified by the Maya culture won't want to miss.

The following chart has more information about caves.

Caves Near Belmopan
Name Type Location
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave 12.0 mi. South West of Central Belmopan
Blue Hole Cave Cave 8.8 mi. Southeast of Central Belmopan
Chumpiate Maya Cave Cave 10.1 mi. Southeast of Central Belmopan
Crystal Cave Cave 9.4 mi. Southeast of Central Belmopan


Guanacaste National Park

Visitors can spend some time in a couple of parks in and around Belmopan.

Guanacaste National Park is situated in Belmopan. Nature, culture, and history meet at Guanacaste National Park, where visitors can explore the interrelationships of the three and how they have had an effect on Belize.

A second popular attraction in this category is Blue Hole National Park. This park is located about 12 miles southeast of Belmopan.

The parks available are listed in the chart below.

Parks In and Around Belmopan
Name Type Location
Blue Hole National Park Park 9.4 mi. Southeast of Central Belmopan
Guanacaste National Park Park 1.6 mi. Northwest of Central Belmopan

If you are looking for a wider selection of attractions beyond what's offered in this category, you might want to look at other locations. To see our detailed page about other attractions, click here.


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