One of the best ways to enjoy the wondrous diversity of plants and animals in Belize is from the comfort and safety of a jungle pontoon boat on Vaca Lake. Ideal for spring breakers, college students, couples, and families looking to have a unique adventure tour, the Belize waterfalls and jungle pontoon adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Belize Waterfalls at the Vaca Lake
The Vaca Lake is a man-made reservoir in the upper Macal River Valley in western Belize. Measuring more than six miles in surface area, the lake is a pristine environment teeming with exotic wildlife, colorful bird species, and indigenous fauna. The tour begins with a gentle loop around the lake, giving participants the chance to spot ocelots, spider monkeys, crocodiles, Baird’s tapirs (Belize’s national animal), parrots, and macaws that live in the area.
The tour then continues when the pontoon boat docks at one of the three majestic waterfalls that line the shores of the lake. The perfect backdrop for a delicious picnic or simply to relax and admire nature, the waterfalls cascade into deep pools ideal for a refreshing swim on a hot day. The three waterfalls scattered around the periphery of the lake, each have their own unique structure. Some waterfalls have their own grotto setting, the sparkling stones winking in the refracted light of the water’s spray as it hurtles towards the earth.
The Pontoon boat is a floating vessel designed for maximum stability. By slowly sailing around the lake, the pontoon boat gives participants the ideal platform for spotting wildlife and bird species. The Pontoon moves very slowly, making it the ideal craft even for individuals who suffer from motion sickness. The calm waters of the man-made reservoir and comfortable seating make a pontoon boat tour ideal in any weather.
The superior stability and comfort of the pontoon boat make this tour suitable for individuals of all ages and athletic abilities. The Pontoon boat is quiet so it does not disturb the wildlife in the area. This tour is all about marveling at the natural wonders of Belize and photography is heartily welcomed.
What to Bring to the Belize Waterfalls Tour:
- Camera and batteries.
- Insect repellant.
- Sunscreen and other forms of sun protection (hat, sunglasses, etc).
- A towel.
- A change of clothes.
- Comfortable shoes.
Note: there is a short hike from where the vehicle will drop you off and the shore of the lake.
Vaca Lake is located a few miles outside the village of Benque Viejo Del Carmen near the border with Guatemala. Ground transportation to the site will be provided.