When some travelers head to Belize, they tend to make a beeline for their resort and rarely venture out unless it is on a group tour. While there is certainly nothing wrong with spending some time relaxing on the beach with a cocktail on hand, some travelers as well as those who live in the country, prefer to explore as much of the nation as possible. The Orange Walk District is one of the six districts that make up the country of Belize, and it has a number of fabulous attractions for those who are willing to make the journey.
Getting In and Around the Orange Walk District
Although Orange Walk is a district in its own right, it is less than one hour by car from the capital of Belize City and the largest international airport in the country. There is a minimal road toll that you will have to pay, and you can opt to drive your own vehicle or hop into a taxi from Belize City. Once you arrive, it is safe and convenient to get around the town of Orange Walk, the capital of the district, on foot.
Incredible Diversity and Culture
While Orange Walk is far from a densely populated district, it is home to staggering number of different ethnicities and tribal groups. It was a prime destination for sugar cane and logging in centuries past, and both industries brought in workers from across the globe. Today, visitors will come across Mexicans from just over the border, native Belizeans and residents from China, Taiwan and India.
Beautiful Ruins and Jungle Adventures
The highlight of a trip to Orange Walk will be visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Lamanai, which boast the largest pre-classic Mayan temple on the planet. Since there is no coast in this district and very little large-scale development, you will also find animals like crocodiles, monkeys and bats living in their undisturbed natural habitats.
Tasty and Affordable Local Cuisine
Even if you are just passing through, don't miss the breakfast taco carts found in Orange Walk. Also worth trying are the salbutes, which are fried corncakes topped with tomatoes and chicken.
If you are lucky enough to spend time in Belize, don't miss out on a chance to tour the district of Orange Walk. Read more about planning your next trip to Belize by clicking here.