There are no lakes in the Cayo District, and there are no lakes in the entire country of Belize. We have some lagoons but no lakes.
There are large rivers in Cayo, and three main rivers: Macal, Mopan, and the Belize River. There are also other rivers, and waterfalls, too, at Pine Ridge.
The rivers are a big part of life here in the Cayo District. The kids of San Ignacio swim in the river every day. They call San Ignacio “Cayo” (which means “little island” in Spanish) because two rivers go around it. Also, the district is called “Cayo” but the people here call San Ignacio “Cayo” as well. Also, the Cayo District is not on the sea; it is inland.
I swim in the Macal River with my dogs regularly. The kids are always there during weekends and on holidays swimming in the river. There are tourists canoeing up and down all the time. They have a big race called the La Ruta Maya race from Cayo to Belize City to the sea.
There aren’t really any kayaks, but you see people using inner floating down the river as well.
There aren’t any rapids. There are some small falls on the Mopan River. You can’t take a big boat from here to the sea, although years ago that was the other means of getting to San Ignacio, but now it’s too shallow.
The Pine Ridge Reserve is a major, natural reserve. There are a few houses there, but it’s not very developed, and it’s a long way out. There’s the Blancaneaux Lodge up there, owned by Francis Coppola, a famous American film director.
There are several waterfalls there, the biggest of which is 1,000 feet. There are several smaller ones as well, but nothing significant.
(Blancaneaux Lodge on a 130,000 private reserve in Pine Ridge, Belize, pictured.)