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Best Hiking Trails in Belize

Overview

Known more for its water-based adventures, Belize is a Central American country that has some low mountains to explore. Some of the main hiking areas are the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the Maya Mountains, and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The best months to hike in Belize are the driest months of December to April.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Belize.  

Capital: Belmopan

When To Hike in Belize?

December – April: driest between February – April
May – November: rainy

Climate: Tropical – wet and dry seasons.  Cloudy in the mountainous areas. 

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: Difficult to find good hiking information.

Transportation required: Car is essential; best to get a driver as roads and driving may not be suitable for tourists

Where to stay in Belize for hiking:

  • Dangriga
  • Belmopan

Most popular hikes in Belize

The main hiking is found in the southcentral part of the country. Highest Mountain: Victoria Peak (1122 m) in the Cockscomb range (part of the Maya Mountains). Below are two of the main nature reserves; there are other mountainous areas but little information on hiking there.

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Cockscomb Basin Forest Reserve

  • Also known as Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Good network of trails
  • Home of Victoria Peak

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

Long Distance Trails of Belize

Belize's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Belize Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

  • Lonely Planet Belize, by Paul Harding, Ashley Harrell, Ray Bartlett, 2022, Lonely Planet Global Limited – https://amzn.to/3IIqdig

 

Belize Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hikes in Belize:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from websites and trail maps/apps.  The best information will be found locally from tourist offices or guest lodges.

  • Victoria Peak
  • Black Hole Drop
  • Catena Transcet
  • Ben’s Bluff Trail
  • Tiger Fern Trail
  • Antelope Falls
  • Black Rock Lodge Summit
  • Crystal Cave Trail

Easy Hikes in Belize:

  • Xunantunich Ruins
  • San Pedro Reef and Village Areas Walk

Belize Hiking Websites:

 

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What Else To Do

  • Belize Barrier Reef (2nd only to Great Barrier Reef)
  • Maya civilization, ruins
  • Blue Hole Natural Monument
  • Caving
  • Birdwatching

Other Important Points