Orange Walk: Tangled water lilies line the banks of the New River, once a major waterway for the ancient Maya. Nowadays, visitors can take in its lush paradise of wildlife and scenery. With the sweet smell of sugarcane in this district’s air, curious adventure seekers often wonder: “Where are the Maya temples?” A cursory look will reveal, not far way, grand & ancient Mayan structures, along with primal jungles and exotic birds.
Since Belize is still in Central America, there is still an unmistakable Spanish influence close by. Old-fashioned tortilla factories, mission churches and Spanish-styled homes dot the landscape. Orange Walk District’s population of 16,000 people consists mainly of descendants of the Mestizo culture born of the Spanish-Maya refugees of the Caste Wars. The main economic activity in this region before the 19th century was mahogany logging, which was later replaced by sugarcane production. The name “Orange Walk” originated when orange groves once grew along the banks of the New River.