Sibun River

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Mountains around Sibun River in Belize

The Sibun River starts in the Maya Mountains of western Belize and flows eastward through the Belizean rainforest before eventually emptying into the Caribbean Sea. In addition to providing a source of drinking water and sustenance for the people of Belize, the Sibun River is used for recreational activities such as canoeing, kayaking and wildlife spotting.

Visiting the Sibun River

Sibun River

Originating in the Maya Mountains which are about 800 meters above sea level, the Sibun River travels over 50 miles from Belize’s Cayo District to the Caribbean Sea near Belize City. Along its path, the river twists and turns passing through dense jungle, highways, and various small villages in Belize. The river can be accessed at various points including near Belmopan City, along the Hummingbird Highway and Coastal Highway, via the Caves Branch River or the Village of Freetown Sibun.

As mentioned beforehand, the Sibun River is surrounded by lush vegetation and wildlife, offering an exciting and unique experience for all levels of adventurers and nature lovers. Canoeing or kayaking on the Sibun River is a great way to explore the local environment, as you can paddle up or down the river and take in the sights and sounds of the surrounding area. The river is a great spot for swimming and spotting Belizean wildlife such as birds, turtles and iguanas.

If you’re near the river, connect with a tour operator or the concierge at your resort to book a trip to explore the Sibun River.