The city has an austere beauty, a pleasing if slightly unnerving efficiency, and an endearing propriety—essentially, it’s very Swiss. A steepled cityscape is set against a frieze of snow-dusted Alps and bottle-green hills, Lake Zurich incandescent in the golden late-afternoon sun.

Travellers seeking Belize without the crowds need look no further than this guide to the middle-of-nowhere jewels in the Central American country’s Western Cayo District.