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 enjoy spending time out in the fresh air? You might be happy to find out that the area has several nature preserves nearby.

Heris Nature Park is a great 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.

Adventurers wanting to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing choices like St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park. St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park (not to be confused to the Great Blue Hole, which is located offshore) has a wealth of offerings that keep visitors busy throughout the day, including trails, two cave systems, and a swimming hole. A day spent here is a great way to learn about nature in Belize, as well as relax with a swim in the cool waters of the Blue Hole.

Take some time to look through the table just below 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 are attracted by the beautiful 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. You can access the Blue Hole National Park off Hummingbird Highway, 12 mile south of Belmopan.

Another available option is Chumpiate Maya Cave. It is situated 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 table lists some details regarding 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 enjoy either of two parks in and around Belmopan.

Guanacaste National Park is located 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.

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

The parks you'll be able to find are displayed down 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 seeking a wider range of attractions beyond what's offered on this page, you should consider other locations. To read about other other attractions for Belmopan, click here.


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