Vacation Sweepstakes – Essay#47
There is no better means to explore the vastness and uniqueness of Belize than by staying at the magnificent and centrally located Chaa Creek Lodge; hence my enthusiasm at becoming one of your guests.
Chaa Creek and Belize have so much to offer with the following being of greatest interest to myself:
I understand that diving around the atolls is world-class containing several outstanding reefs, including barrier reefs such as near Ambergris Caye, as well as the world famous Blue Hole. Snorkeling is also a passion of mine, with cayes directly on numerous reefs. The fact that short boat rides are required to certain reefs makes it an even more exotic trip.
Belize was long the heart of the Maya world, and today there are literally dozens of ruins I could visit. Even better is that I can visit them without being encumbered by the enormous tourist throngs that are so common in many parts of Mexico.
Since so much of Belize is extremely lightly populated and undeveloped, it is a veritable paradise for all sorts of species of wildlife and bird life. On Chaa Creek alone there are over 300 species of birds, with Belize being the home of over 500 bird species! With respect to wildlife, animals that are rare or extinct elsewhere are known to thrive in Belize’s backcountry. It is for that reason that so many Belizeans have a strong commitment to conserving the environment and protecting nature.
Belize is a an absolutely fabulous place for engaging in all sorts of adventure, whether it is hiking, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, and caving. Of particular interest is that Belize offers some of the finest cave systems in the world.
Being a small and accessible, Belize is a veritable laboratory of human culture. It has a well deserved reputation as a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-lingual society.
For all of the above, it would be an honor and a privilege for me to be invited to explore the wonders of the wonderland known as Belize.