SARTENEJAN ATTRACTIONS

Around Sarteneja

The village has numerous features of interest including the foreshore and piers, restaurants and food shops, beautifully decorated churches, seafront bars, and gift shops.

Bike rides

There are are several bike routes around Sarteneja from a half mile to 9 miles.

Shipstern Nature Reserve 

Only 4 miles  from Sarteneja, Shipstern Nature Reserve is the flagship of biodiversity conservation in the Sartenejan Region. Shipstern Nature Reserve is world renowned for conserving one of the last areas of the most threatened forest type in Central America; semi-deciduous tropical rainforest. Shipstern Nature Reserve covers an area of more than 11’000 hectares (ca. 27’000 acres) and is home to all five cat species found in Belize, Baird’s tapir, toucans, and almost 300 species of birds. Accomodation is available at Shipstern.

Mayan Sites

Pyramids and plaza - there is a plaza complex 1 km south of Sarteneja, with mounds up to 30 feet in height. In the adjacent area there is evidence of the surrounding settlement and several Maya wells. There are also at least three other plazas and many large Maya mounds.

Balam Ja Way (Jaguar Water Spirit) - Balam Ja Way, on Rancho Road, is the home of "Sustainability for Sarteneja". B'alam Ja Way is centered in a Maya village complex surrounding a cenote. Features are a large Maya mound of pottery and sand dug from the cenote and , the ruins of the village surrounding the cenote, and Maya caves. The sustainability center itself features an energy and materials efficient house, a range of local crops, and is a Mecca for local wildlife, particularly butterflies and humming and other birds.

Tilapia Farm, large Cenote, and permaculture project, on Rancho Road, is developing sustainable aquaculture and horticulture techniques.

Bat Cave -