Hector Silva Airstrip, or Belmopan Airport, is an airport that serves Belmopan, in the country of Belize, specifically at 17.269444 latitude and -88.776111 longitude. Over the years, the airstrip was extended by the British army by early 2000s, in an attempt to enable the airport to accommodate larger planes like the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. Currently, the airstrip operates with a 1,100-metre or 3,700-feet long runway. The joint-use airstrip is being used by the Belize Defence Forces as a temporary landing facility for their aircraft. Hector Silva Airstrip has flights to local destinations such as Belize City, via Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport and Belize City Municipal Airport; Caye Caulker via Caye Caulker Airport; San Pedro via San Pedro Airport; San Ignacio via Matthew Spain Airport. In addition, Tropic Air is the only airline that has scheduled flights to and from these destinations.
Highlighting Belize’s capital city, Belmopan, the city covers an area of around 33 square kilometres or 13 square miles. Home to an estimated 16,500, Belmopan can be found within the Cayo District, towards the east of the Belize River. Belmopan experiences a tropical monsoon climate with temperatures recorded at an annual average high and low of 30.93 degrees Celsius or 87.67 degrees Fahrenheit, and 20.33 degrees Celsius or 68.61 degrees Fahrenheit, with a daily mean of 25.67 degrees Celsius or 78.19 degrees Fahrenheit. When within Belize however, the country offers tourist attractions such as Belize Zoo, Actun Tunichil Muknal, Xunantunich, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, San Pedro Town, Lamanai, Placencia, Caracol, Caye Caulker, Great Blue Hole, Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, museum of Belize, and more. Visit Belize Zoo, or The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center in Belize. The zoo occupies an area of 12 hectares or 29 acres, and is home to around 125 animals that come in 48 different species native to Belize. As an education centre, the zoo received thousands of school children annually. Animals within the zoo include five wildcats such as jaguar, puma, ocelot, margay, and jaguarundi; in addition to other animals like greater grison, white-tailed deer, mottled owl, great curassow, boa constrictor, among others. Encounters and tours offered within the zoo include Nocturnal Tour, Junior Buddy encounter, Scarlet macaw encounter, and Boa encounter.