Discover Belmopan

16.5 thousand

Belmopan is the capital city of Belize. Located in the Cayo District, it was founded in 1970 as a replacement for Belize City following extensive damage caused by Hurricane Hattie. It is situated at an elevation of 33 meters above sea level and has a population of approximately 16,000 people.

As Belmopan is a relatively small city, visitors will find that they can easily get around on foot or via bicycle. The main attractions here include the Baron Bliss Lighthouse and Museum, with its ornate entrance gate and detailed sculptures; Guanacaste National Park, which features lush jungle trails; and the Iguana Project Conservation Center where visitors can learn about iguana conservation efforts in Belize.

For those wishing to experience authentic local culture, there are several weekly markets around town selling handmade crafts and traditional foods such as panades - fried dough pockets filled with fish or beans - and ceviche - raw seafood marinated in lime juice. Finally, visitors should not miss out on exploring some of the nearby Maya sites such as Xunantunich located just outside of town.

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