Zip-Line Canopy Tours
Zip-line tours offer the adventurous visitor a thrilling opportunity to soar through the jungle treetops high above the forest floor. The canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along steel cables suspended up to 80 feet above the forest floor.
Upon arrival you will be given a safety briefing and outfitted with safety gear that includes a body harness, pulleys, helmet and thick leather gloves to grab the cable with to slow down or stop. You will be escorted by a lead guide and a following guide to ensure safety.
Black Hole Drop
A Rush like no other! Stretch your comfort zone as you rappel down into a jungle sink hole deep in the rainforest. This expedition starts off with a vigorous hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The edge of the Actun Loch Tunich sink hole is over 300 feet above the basin below and 200 feet above the rain-forest canopy that grows out from the sink hole basin.
Actun Loch Tunich sink hole is not actually black but since you can't see the bottom from the start, this definitely adds an additional element of excitement.
Mountain Pine Ridge
What's really nice about the Mountain Pine Ridge is that there is a lot to do in this area including some fun water options.
Big Rock Falls involves a steep hike down, however you can hike right up to the foot of the waterfall and swim in the cascading pools just below the falls.
Rio Frio Cave is the best cave for claustrophobics. Everything is big in this cave! The two 65-foot arched entry ways leave you in awe. Huge stalactites hang from the massive cathedral-like vault, which is part of a cave system the Maya used to bury their dead. Room size boulders are strewn throughout the cave and a stream flows through, forming pools with cascading falls.
Openings at both ends make flashlights unnecessary for viewing the cave's formations during daylight hours. There is a beach area with a foot bridge for crossing the stream and getting to the other side, which leads to the exit. It is a quarter mile through to the other side, another equally impressive opening.
Thousand Foot Falls - This is only a look out point for viewing the falls and that entails lots of extra bumpy driving. If you are a Birder this won't matter because this is the best site for spotting the Orange-breasted Falcon.
Rio On Pools - are a continuous series of pools formed by large granite boulders. Many of the pools are connected by small cascading waterfalls. The smooth surface of the boulders make natural water slides and a great place for a swim or a hike.
On your way or returning from the Mountain Pine Ridge, you can take advantage of other nearby area attractions, including Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, two Zip-Line Canopy Tour options or Barton Creek Cave.
Visitors to the Maya archeological site of Caracol, have the option of adding a stop at either the
Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls on the return to duPlooy's.
Green Hills Butterfly Ranch
Green Hills has a beautiful butterfly display. Watch the butterflies flit amongst tropical plants in sunken garden with a goldfish pond. This butterfly farm boasts the biggest live butterfly collection in Belize.
Along with the butterflies they
have a botanical collection which includes passionflowers, cycads, heliconia
and other plants that feed the butterflies.
You can combine this visit with Barton Creek Cave, a Zip-Line Canopy Tour and an activity in the Mountain
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San Ignacio Town
Known locally as "Cayo", San Ignacio is a unique blend of America's Old West and tropical backwater with frontier-like wooden shops on narrow streets. Burns Avenue is "Main Street" and a good place to begin a tour of the town.
Most days it's a busy thoroughfare with lots of people walking in the streets. Burns Avenue and the adjacent streets are packed with shops, hotels and places to eat where hospitable towns people mingle in restaurants, bars and wooden shops.
Saturday Market: Many of our guests take the opportunity to visit the local market.
Saturday (early) is the best time and day to go, as it's the busiest market day and along with the wide variety of fruits and vegetables offered, there are also plenty of food vendors preparing fresh local fare such as, tacos, tamales, pupusas (right), along with homemade breads, cheeses and yogurts for you to sample.
There are also plenty of hand-made crafts and gift items to inspect and a place that sells local medicinal and cooking herbs. Do all this while sharing a taste treat and mingling amongst the locals in the festive atmosphere of this bustling market place.
The Iguana Conservation Project is located at the San Ignacio Hotel. Here you will have the opportunity to take a closer look at these descendants of dinosaurs and learn how vital they are to the ecological balance of the Macal River eco-system. This hands-on tour is both fun and educational and takes about an hour to complete.
Located on the highest hill overlooking the town is where to find Cahal Pech, a partially excavated Maya archeological site. There site has a visitors' center containing artifacts and a reconstructed model of the site.
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was started in 1983 as a last ditch effort to provide a home for a collection of wild animals which had been used in making documentary films about tropical forests. Shortly after the backyard "zoo" began, it was realized that Belizean visitors were unfamiliar with the wildlife which shared their country. This aspect helped develop the little zoo into a dynamic wildlife education center.
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 125 animals native to Belize. Located about midway between duPlooy's and Belize City, you can always stop at the Belize
Zoo en route to/from duPlooy's, if your schedule permits.
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Laguna Aguacate and Spanish Lookout
Located within the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout, Laguna Aguacate is a great birding destination. Howler monkeys, tapir and crocs (American Crocodile to be precise) can be sighted here as well. Once at Laguna you will first check out the main lagoon, and take trails around the site, maybe to one of the unexcavated ruins. You can peek into Turtle Pond and Crocodile Pond to see what's lurking.
There are lots of birding spots along the way, as well as a place to sample some freshly made Mennonite ice cream for the return journey.
Inland Blue Hole
The Blue Hole is actually a sinkhole formed by the collapse of an underground river channel. The exposed section of the underground Cave Branch Creek tributary can be viewed for about 150 feet before it disappears again beneath the surface. A series of steps lead to a 25-foot deep pool and it's cool, turquoise waters, surrounded by dense forest, overhung with mosses, vines and ferns are the perfect spot for a cool and relaxing dip.
Located just off the Humming Bird Highway, the Inland Blue Hole makes for a great stop-over if you are traveling by road between Placencia and duPlooy's.
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