The Orange Walk area of Belize has a diverse range of locals from Creoles to Mennonites. The town of Orange Walk is an ideal location for exploring the ruins of Altun Ha and Lamanai, a variety of nature parks, and is often used as a stop on the way to Mexico. However, honestly, there’s not much in town, and I wouldn’t suggest spending more than a few days here before moving on. It’s a bit run down, and with so many other places to visit in Belize, I don’t find it worth an extended stay. See the ruins, head back down to the beaches!
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Orange Walk
1. Shipstern National Reserve
2. Altun Ha
3. Rio Bravo
5. Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Go back in time at Cuello
Dating back to the early years of the Mayan Civilization, Cuello is the oldest Mayan Site in Belize. It is estimated that the site is between 2,000-3,000 years old and is located on private land, so you must gain permission from the Cuello family whose land the site sits on.
2. See the Mennonite Communities
There are many Mennonite communities throughout Belize, but Orange Walk has the most. Most communities are sustained by farming, and locals can be seen riding around in their horsedrawn carriages and speaking a form of old German.
3. La Inmaculada Church
La Inmaculada is one of the few Spanish colonial churches in Belize and is located in the center of town. It’s small and run-down but a reminder of the Spanish influence in the country’s history.