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 enjoy part of your vacation outdoors? You may be pleased to know the area has several interesting nature preserves nearby.

Heris Nature Park is a popular nature preserve situated 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 should consider visiting places 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.

You can look through the following table for more information about your options.

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 come for the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Belmopan some interesting options, including 4 caves.

You should consider visiting Blue Hole Cave, which is found 8.8 mi. Southeast of central Belmopan. You can access the Blue Hole National Park off Hummingbird Highway, 12 mile south of Belmopan.

A second attraction Chumpiate Maya Cave. It is located 10.1 mi. Southeast of central Belmopan. A quick hike from the trail head through the jungle takes you to Chechem Hah, the Morales family farm that serves as the gateway to the cave. Another steep jungle trail from the farm takes you straight to the cave.

The following chart enables you to get some key facts 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

Vacationers can visit either of two parks in and around Belmopan.

Guanacaste National Park is located within Belmopan. Guanaca National Park is a small park which features a broadleaf forest where tiger cats hide in the brush.

A second popular choice in this category is Blue Hole National Park. Within the property lines of Blue Hole National Park are some of the most popular natural attractions in Belize. Because the entire park takes only about half a day to explore, including a dip in the Blue Hole, it is easy to include it in your itinerary.

The parks worth considering are provided directly 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 variety of points of interest beyond this category, you can look farther afield. Those wanting to find out more about other attractions by following this link.


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