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[1 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

In my search for a unique and adventurous trip, Belize turned out to be the perfect destination. The Lodge at Chaa Creek, an “award-winning Belize resort” offers the amenities I would need to explore the rich culture and history of the country. The land has so much to offer, especially for a family so eager to get out and learn new things. The experience is both romantic, for my boyfriend and I and mother …

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[1 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

I believe that Belize is an ideal vacation destination.  The country is not plagued by crime and corruption like Mexico. Speaking english to the locals greatly enhances my ability to relax. In addition, I prefer to take an ecovacation whenever possible. Ideally, the only expansion of my carbon footprint is from the jet fuel burned to get me to the destination.  Lastly, I feel that if I am going to go on a vacation, it …

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[1 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

When I was searching for classes this semester, I stumbled upon a class entitled “Making a Difference, Service and Travel Writing.” Intrigued, I read the description. The entire class is centered on the history of Belize and the techniques of documenting experiences effectively. During Spring Break, my class of twelve will be traveling to San Ignacio, Belize on a missions trip. This trip, however, will not be luxurious. We’ve been informed that we’re only allowed to bring one carry-on …

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[1 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

Belize Vacation Sweepstakes

There are very few places in the world where you can vacation and experience a little bit of everything. Chaa Creek resort in Belize is one of them. The 365-acre nature reserve caters to the thrill-seeker and intellectual, as well as those in need of a little R&R. The rainforest offers pristine beauty and wildlife, which can be explored by horse, mountain bike, or the old fashioned way – on foot. The nearby Macal River is great …

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[1 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

Last night I had a beautiful dream about being in Belize. It was one of
these dreams that feels like it is real even after you wake up. I left this
cold tundra called Minnesota for one night and was surrounded by nature at
its most beautiful, in the middle of the Belizean jungle. I was horseback
riding with my husband and our 6 year old son. I was on a white horse and my
husband and son were on a …

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[1 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

My 1993 introduction to Belize was an unceremoneous one. My husband (at the time) and I wanted to go to Costa Rica, but couldn’t afford it. I did some research and discovered a small country in central America that had much of what we were looking to see in CR – rainforest, wildlife, adventure, ocean – but was even closer and affordable to us. COOL! Let’s go!
I will never, ever forget the flight in. Goldson was a lot smaller …

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[1 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]

Four years ago, I visited Belize, the only English speaking country in Central America, for the purpose of working at an orphanage being newly built, just outside of Belize City.  I spent close to six months residing in the orphanage with my then 6-1/2 year old son.  Many of the children still linger in our hearts and we hope one day to perhaps apply for an adoption, if that becomes possible.
While in Belize, an ecological haven boasting the second …

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[1 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

Well for starters, belize is a beautiful country within itself. But Chaa creek is beyond the most beautiful and breathtaking resort I have ever laid eyes on and I havent even seen it in person yet. But by the pictures and the intro to the website, its so overwhelming outstanding and I definetly love the belize spa and the treetop top suites. The suites have a very unique ambiance and tranquility to it, I love the …

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[1 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

For the family or individual looking for an exotic vacation destination with a large variety of activity options and a land rich in both scenery and history, Chaa Creek has it all. Embarking on a journey to Belize’s Chaa Creek is to be immersed in the best of what the natural world presents. Whether you’re exploring the impressive caves of the Maya region, setting your eyes on the underwater world of the coral reefs, horseback riding through Belize’s 365-acre …

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[1 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]

A Dream Deferred No Longer

During the summer of 2000, a friend and I decided to save our earnings for an adventure in Belize. At 21, I had yet to explore anywhere outside of the United States, and I was ready to see more of the world. I worked the early-morning shift in the stockroom of a national retailer, and then I would work on the weekends at a gift shop. When I found out my friend hadn’t saved very …

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[31 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

For children of any age, wonder is intrinsic to their learning. Nature, wildlife, creatures of the forest – all induce great questions. How are these animals different from us? How do they breathe, eat and move? What makes some dangerous, others not? Why are they of different shapes, colours, sizes and looks? It is questions like these that arouse curiosity and provide the basis for a child’s exploration of the universe.
With two kids, aged 12 and aged two-and-a-half, my …

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[31 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

I am 30 years old, and I’ve been exploring the natural world since before I could walk. My parents took me “swimming” in rivers as an infant and hiking through snowy woods as a toddler. As I got older and moved away from home, my time was focused on obtaining an education, and I spent too much time inside. Now that I have almost completed a long road to the start of my career, I …

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[31 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Location, Location, Location.
How many places are there in the world where you can sleep right in the middle of a jungle, and with minimal travel time visit Maya temples, swim with dolphins, visit caves, and see majestic waterfalls?
Within the boundaries of the 365 Chaa Creek private reserve, you can go horseback riding, possibly see over 300 species of birds, take a canoe trip, go hiking, go mountain biking, tour a butterfly farm, walk …

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[29 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

As long-time travelers to Belize, friends at Victoria House recommended we experience the unique and eco-friendly Lodge at Chaa Creek.  The chic palmthatched Orchard Villa was our home during the 4-day stay that included a wide array of activities.  From the archeological exploration by horseback of the vast nature reserve, the tour of the on-site Mayan farm, to the Butterfly Farm, each day was full of incredible experiences.   Olivia (our child) was given her own  butterfly chrysalis to keep …

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[29 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

From what my parents told me about their trips to Costa Rica, it sounds like Belize will be very similar in many ways. However, neither they nor myself have ever seen Mayan temples.
I grew up near St. Louis, MO. Right across the river there are a number of mounds built by the Mississipians, which was a very advanced culture for their time. There are several very large burial mounds in the area, and some believe the Mississipians may have …

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[28 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Belize Vacation Sweepstakes (Essay#41)

To our friends at Chaa Creek Last May my wife and I spent four, days at the Lodge at Chaa Creek, and we will be going back, but this time with my grandkids!! We were a little apprehensive at going to Belize and into the “jungle”, but we quickly found out that Chaa Creek was easy to get to and very safe. It provided us with just the right mix of adventure, activity, solitude, and …

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

The cathartic and captivating effect that a stay at Chaa Creek instills on its guests through the concord of nature and man is unparalleled. From the innovative structure of the Tree Top Suites that allows visitors to immerse themselves in the overwhelming scenery of the rainforest, to the magical romance of the Macal Cottages, Chaa Creek leaves an imprint on everyone.
Whether you wish for a relaxing day at the spa surrounded by the therapeutic sounds of the rainforest or …

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

For the ultimate vacation
Chaa Creek is my inspiration
A hunger is inside of me
A dream to travel, and to see
Unspoiled beauty of Belize
Basking in the tropical breeze!
Fun adventure would begin,
Unique culture soaking in
Mayan temples I would climb,
Imagining another time

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Several years ago a friend told me about her travels to Belize, and ever since I have wanted to visit the country for myself. The pure beauty of the countryside itself is reason enough to want to go, but the rainforest and waterfall excursions, the activities like canoeing and mountain biking, and the history of the region with the Mayan temples are even more reason I would love to go to Belize! I would also love to base my …

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

It all started in 2001, when my mother was hospitalized for complications from breast cancer.  She was placed on a respirator and we were told she still had a good chance of survival. My legally-blind sister, Karen, came up with the idea of taking my mother on a verbal trip to the warm, tropical places that Mom had always wanted to visit. On the computer in the ICU waiting room, Karen began to search for a virtual destination and eventually …