Five Blue Lake National Park

Five Blues Lake is Located on the Hummingbird Highway at Mile 32  a 10-acre natural wonder of earth and water surrounded by over 4000 acres of limestone hills and tropical forests. Park can be reached by taking a local bus from the terminal in Belmopan to St. Margaret’s Village , When you can find them, local rangers are both knowledgeable and willing to help with questions that you may have. From the park office, a rutted, four-kilometer road leads to the park. This road can be hiked, or the rangers will be more than willing to provide transportation.

The varying water depth and ambient light filtering through the trees cause the water to take on remarkably different shades of blue, giving the lake its name. A shallow ledge on the eastern edge of the lake will allow you to wade to a small, forested spot of land that grows a profusion of wild orchids, aptly named Orchid Island

217 species of birds have been identified in the park and all five of Belize’s wildcats are known to make their homes within its boundaries. Inside the tangle of broadleaf trees, howler monkeys, tapir, gibnut, peccary and armadillo roam in a kaleidoscope of liana, bromeliads and orchids.

Forest trails crisscross the park and will lead you to the many caves and sinkholes that occupy the surrounding landscape. You can swim the lake and dive the deeper areas, or take a tour of the park with one of the knowledgeable local guides.

Within Five Blues Lake National Park, several Maya sites are accessible to visitors. Within the Duende Caves, ceremonial pottery can still be found. Five Blues Lake provides ample opportunity for visitors to witness Maya writings and pottery.

In 2006, a mysterious draining of some of the lakes occurred, as the earth sucked some of the famous blue water back into the limestone. In 2010, the water returned. There are many birds and wildlife species here, including coatamundis, collared peccaries, and agoutis.

Completely under the charge of nearby St. Margaret village, Five Blues Lake is the first national park in Belize to be managed by a community-based organization.

 

The lake collapses and revives unpredictably, you can find important information at this website http://biological-diversity.info/fiveblues.htm