Belize Botanic Gardens


  • 45 acres of native and exotic plants
  • Hiking and Medicinal Trails

About Location
Belize Botanic Gardens is 45 acres of native and exotic plants growing in the Cayo district of western Belize. The garden is in a valley on the banks of the Macal River, surrounded by the Maya Mountain foothills.

Within the Gardens’ 45 acres are several miles of trails and pathways open for visitors to explore. 

Learn how the Maya made use of the healing properties of medicinal plants found along the medicine trail; meander through a tropical fruit orchard as you make your way towards the orchid house to view a collection of native plants and orchids.

You can hike the rainforest trail and see mahogany, the water vine, vanilla, allspice, and the “Bullet Tree”, a hardwood fashioned into shields by the Maya to defend against Spanish bullets.

Featuring nearly 100 unique palm species from Belize and around the world, the palm area has its own exhibit displaying some of the palms many uses. Nearby cycad circle showcases an ancient and endangered plant species, while zingiber alley hosts a colorful array of gingers and heliconias, just waiting to be admired.
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Recommended Hotels
Offering a restaurant and a private beach area, Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge is located in San Ignacio and is right next to the Botanic garden. Free WiFi access is available.... more

Each accommodation here will provide you with a patio. Featuring a shower, the private bathrooms also come with free toiletries. Extras include bed linen and a fan.

At Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge you will find free bikes. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, horse riding and hiking. The property offers free parking.

The property is surrounded by limestone cliffs, where views of the area can be enjoyed.
Gold Certified:
Western Belize
This family run lodge offers a health spa, an eco-friendly swimming pool and unique accommodations with private porches and jungle views. It is set next to the Macal River, in a private ... morerainforest reserve.

Each palm-thatched cottage at The Lodge at ChaaCreek offers elegant décor, with handmade furniture and local artwork. All cottages have free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom.

The rainforest reserve includes a butterfly farm and a series of walking and horseback riding trails. Guests can enjoy guided tours or canoeing trips and spot wild parrots and hummingbirds.

The Lodge at ChaaCreek’s restaurant serves a fusion of modern international cuisine and traditional Central American dishes. All ingredients are locally sourced, and most are grown on the on-site organic farm.

The Lodge is located just outside San Ignacio, in the Maya Mountains. The border with Guatemala is a short drive away, while Belize City is around 93 miles away.
Gold Certified:
Western Belize
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San Ignacio Town
There is more than meets the eye at Belize Botanic Gardens. Explore the plant world by sight, taste, touch, and smell. There are two miles of trails to experience our variety of native ... moreand exotic fruits, palms, hardwoods, ornamentals and more delights of the world’s tropics. If you want to include hearing in the sensory tour, hire a guide to show you around. For those of you that have trouble on your feet or just don’t wish to use them, we can give you a driving tour around the garden (or live on the wild side and see it on horseback). You can also go at your own pace with a self-guiding booklet.

A tour of the Belize Botanic Gardens is usually combined with another half day nearby destinations such as the Maya site of Xunantunich, the Maya site of Cahal Pech, River tubing/canoeing or Guatemalan Market shopping.
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