Aside from Mayan ruins, Belize's attractions include rich flora
and fauna, and 40% of the country is dedicated to conservation. The
lush rainforests are still home to jaguar, puma and various species
of monkey, as well as the beautiful, brilliantly plumed quetzal.
Finally, there's the diving in Belize, the 174-mile coastline
fringed with numerous atolls, known as Cayes, and the second
greatest barrier reef in the world.
Our Latin America team have stayed in all the best lodges
throughout the Belize and work with the top guides for cultural and
wildlife excursions. We only use the finest dive operators and can
arrange dive trips to see whale sharks in this, one of the few
places on the planet where marine biologists know when, why and
where they congregate. The last Original Diving consultant to dive
in Belize saw eight whale sharks on his solitary dive. Not a bad
Belize has come late to tourism. A British colony until 1981
with a disputed Guatemalan border, the country only really achieved
political stability in 1998. As a consequence, much of it is still
untouched: there are jaguars and rainforests in the hinterland, and
you'll find virgin reefs off the coast. Thankfully the government
has committed to protecting these natural resources, linking up
with privately-funded conservation groups.