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 hope to spend more of your vacation time outside? You may be happy to find out that the area has several interesting nature preserves nearby.

Heris Nature Park is a popular nature preserve located 3.2 mi. Northeast of central Belmopan. With over sixty different species of bird, over 350 species of plants, and plenty of amenities, Heris Nature Park offers a balance between pure nature and tourism friendly services. Whether you want to walk the nature trails, shop for flowers, or plan a wedding, the park will have something for you to partake in.

Adventurers wanting to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring places like St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park. The main attractions at St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park are St. Herman's Cave and the Blue Hole. Both can be explored on your own or with a guide, as can the 575 acres of forest that surround the attractions.

View the table just below to read more about 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 visitors to the area are attracted by the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Belmopan multiple choices, including 4 caves.

You may enjoy visiting Blue Hole Cave, which is situated 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 place to consider is Chumpiate Maya Cave. It is found 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 shows a few 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

Guests 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 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 provided right 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

Luckily, you'll find other types of attractions. Click to check out our page concerning other interesting attractions for Belmopan.


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