The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System comprises seven protected areas along Central America's northeastern coast. Hosting diverse marine habitats, including iconic sites like the Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye, it is vital in preserving unique reef types, biodiversity, and habitats for threatened species.
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Chiquibul National Park is the largest national park in Belize. The park surrounds Caracol, an archaeological reserve that was once one of the most important regional political centers of the Maya Lowlands during the Classic Period. Chiquibul Forest Reserve is adjacent to the park.
Nestled amidst one of the world's most iconic marine ecosystems, the Belize Barrier Reef, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a haven for marine biodiversity, encompassing coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests. This underwater sanctuary safeguards a mesmerizing array of ecosystems.
The Maya Mountains are a range of hills in west-central Belize that take their name from the Maya people who built great centers in the region. The Cockscomb Range is a spur of the Maya Mountains and includes Victoria Peak, a national monument of Belize.
The Maya region is the largest in Mesoamerica. As such, it encompasses a vast and varied landscape within present-day Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico, from the mountainous areas of the Sierra Madre to the semi-arid plains of northern Yucatán.
Mesoamerica, which means "middle America" in Greek, is Central America's historical and cultural region. It extends from approximately central Mexico through Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica.
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is a marine region, underwater ecosystem and geological structure that stretches from the Yucatán Peninsula down to Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. This underwater wilderness of coral provides homes and food to hundreds of species.
The Petén Basin of northern Guatemala and southeastern Mexico is a geographical subregion of Mesoamerica and was a center of Maya civilizations. The Maya Forest, which includes Belize, is the second-largest remaining tropical rainforest in the Americas.
The Yucatán Peninsula is the exposed portion of the more extensive Yucatán Platform and lies between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. It includes the Mexican states of Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatán, as well as parts of Belize and Guatemala.