Doyle's Delight

Photo of Doyle's Delight
Photo uploaded by Christian Rodriguez

Doyle's Delight is the highest summit from Belize. Was named for its resemblance to the prehistoric setting of Arthur Conan Doyle's novel "The Lost World.'' Towering palms and strangler figs, their trunks wrapped in a green shag of ferns and mosses, rise and converge in a leafy canopy that keeps the moist forest floor in perpetual dusk. The ridge is so remote that the British Army's jungle training unit, scientist and other researcher with multinational expedition drop most of the expedition members in by helicopter.

With its elevation of 1124 meters (3717 Feet), it is the highest point in Belize.

The Maya Mountains, and specifically Doyle's Delight, are considered geologically old for this part of Central America dating back at least 65 million years. These high-elevation forests are sufficiently rare and unique in Belize.

The name Doyle’s Delight was first coined in 1989 (Matola, 1989). This name has meanwhile achieved widespread acceptance.

Elevation (feet): 3,711
Elevation (meters): 1,131
Continent: North America
Country: Belize
Latitude: 16.494032
Longitude: -89.01123
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: 2008
First successful climber(s): Christian Rodriguez, Bruno Kuppinger, Douglas Leonardo, Pavel Dorosevich, Emilino Sho, Alfredo Cho
Nearest major airport: Belize City
Convenient Center: Belize City

Thanks to Christian Rodriguez for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There is one trip report for Doyle's Delight.

  • Log #21931 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 19, 20103.00 stars
    Expeditions-Members: Christian Rodriguez, Age 32, Guatemalan Douglas Leonardo, Age 36, Guatemalan Alfredo Sho, Age 52, Belizean Emelino Cho, Age 55, Belizean Eric Sho, Age 22, Belizean Bruno...