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The Occoquan Tourism Company

  • Writer's pictureEarnie Porta

Hummingbird Highway: Caves and Armenia in Belize

Updated: Feb 26, 2019

The Hummingbird Highway

The first day of Team Occoquan-Prince William’s 4-day, 170-mile canoe race through Belize ends near the capital city of Belmopan. Stretching to the southeast from the city is the 54-mile long Hummingbird Highway, one of four highways in Belize and the only one that crosses the country’s western mountains. In actuality but a two-lane, paved road, the Hummingbird Highway is a major thoroughfare for citrus produce, passing through mountain, jungle, and citrus orchards on its way to the city of Dangriga on the country’s Atlantic coast.

Surrounding parts of the highway are some of Belize’s famous caves, like those of Nohoch Che’en, which offer unparalleled opportunities for daylight and sunset tubing on subterranean rivers. Along the highway are legions of panoramic vistas and small towns, including the tiny village of Armenia, founded by migrants from a village of the same name in El Salvador, which some have in turn alleged was founded by immigrant Armenians.

Armenia, Belize

Team Occoquan-Prince William will be participating in the Belikin La Ruta Maya 2019 Belize River Challenge March 8 through March 11. Please consider supporting our efforts as we compete and raise funds for ACTS and CASA of Prince William. You can pledge 10 cents, 20 cents, or more per mile of our 170-mile journey by clicking here and filling out the pledge form. We will collect from you after the race and your entire pledge will go to ACTS and CASA.

And please remember our sponsors!


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