The Orange Walk District has the third largest population in Belize and boasts some of the best and most visited archaeological sites in the country, including Lamanai. The Rio Bravo Conservation area is located about an hour from Orange Walk Town, and is the largest land conservation area in Belize. Here live all of Belize’s five cats along with a host of other mammals, howler and spider monkeys, tapirs and crocodiles.
Orange Walk Town, fondly referred to as “Sugar City” sits on the western bank of the New River. Much of the economy of the area relies on agriculture and in particular, sugar cane. The only operational sugar refinery in Belize can be found at Tower Hill, and the Cuello Rum factory is based nearby, in town. Flying to Orange Walk on Tropic Air offers visitors a great aerial view of both.
Culturally, Orange Walk is an eclectic mix of Creoles, Mestizos, Maya, Chinese and East Indian.The Banquitas House of Culture offers visitors a well – documented look at the local history. There are also several different Mennonite communities, with Shipyard and Blue Creek being the largest. Shipyard still maintains the traditional Mennonite way of life, frowning upon modern machinery by using horse and carts as the main mode of transport.
Tropic Air offers twice daily scheduled flights to Orange Walk at the Tower Hill airstrip and the Tropic Air Lamanai Tour (which originates in San Pedro) flies to Orange Walk airstrip before embarking on a short drive, and then, memorable river trip up the New River for the tour of this spectacular ancient Maya site. See more information on our Lamanai Tour page.