6. Thousand-Foot Falls. A mere 20 minutes away from Hidden Valley Inn is the renowned Thousand-Foot Falls. A misnomer, the colossal waterfall is actually 1,600 feet tall, making it the tallest in Belize. You can drive right up to the viewing area and admire the rapids from afar. The jungle valley below is also a bonus scene, with undulating hills peppered with broadleaf and pine trees.
7. Cave tubing. Cave tubing is a popular activity for thrill-seekers, and also the go-to experience for day-trippers. Your morning is spent sitting on a river tube, being pulled along by a trusted guide as you wade into the darkness of an ancient cave. One of the most sought-after cave tubing experiences is at Nohoch Che’en Caves, otherwise known as Caves Branch. The tour lasts about two hours, and by the time you emerge, you’ll want to add it to your next trip’s itinerary for sure.
8. Ziplining. Nothing is as exhilarating as soaring through the trees hundreds of feet in the air, warm breeze whizzing by as you zip from tree to tree. This is what ziplining is like in Belize. Daredevils line up for this popular adventure activity with their harnesses strapped and adrenaline pumping. With Belize having over 70% forested area, it’s more than suitable for this type of adventure. Trust us, there’s nothing more freeing than the feeling of flying!
9. Kayaking. For the laid-back folks, kayaking is a lovely pastime to enjoy the wild beauty all around the Cayo District. Head to the Macal River near San Ignacio and hop into a kayak to enjoy wildlife from a new perspective. Paddling through the shallow waters, you’ll spot bright green iguanas lounging on the low branches, colorful Keel-Billed toucans perching on the treetops, and the occasional mammal scurrying by the banks of the river. Feeling confident? Paddle all the way to San Ignacio Town and hop on out to stretch your legs at the farmer’s market.
10. ATM cave. Last but not least is one of the world’s most sacred caves, according to National Geographic. Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave is not for the faint of heart, but the reward is a thousand percent worth the arduous journey. Slipping through tight crevices after wading into icy water, you’ll come face-to-face with ancient Mayan artifacts. However, the real spectacle is a crystallized skeleton of a young maiden. Believed to be the victim of a sacrificial ritual, the remains are one of the most sacred and alluring features of this cave. No photos are allowed in here, so make sure to remember every detail of this fascinating experience.
Cayo is chock-full of adventures any which way you turn, and most of them are a mere stone’s throw away from Hidden Valley Inn. So keep that in mind when booking your stay at the luxurious eco-resort.