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Imagine the scene. The stands are packed. The crowd is glued to every move made on the court. Elite athletes focused. A ball hurtles toward the dirt, your hero dives for it, deflecting the heavy rubber ball with his shoulder. His opponent springs into the air, and the ball comes right back. Again he dives. The ball slams into his hip. He grunts at the heavy thud of the ball against his skin. He twists and wriggles in the air, defying gravity. You watch. mezmorized as the ball sails over the opponent’s head, out of reach. The crowd erupts. Score!
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Situated some 12 kilometres north of San Ignacio town and straddling the Belize – Guatemala border, El Pilar’s 100 acres contains over 25 plazas, temples, palaces, residential structures, and causeways. Inhabited continuously between 800BC and 1,000AD, it supported a population of over 20,000 at its peak, and was one of the most important centres of the Lowland Maya. For us, one of the more interesting aspects of El Pilar is not just what has been found, but the way in which the research is carried out.
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The Maya believed that every object contained a life force that toucans were sacred spirits, messengers between the gods and man. Inspired by this toucan’s passing in the early evening’s golden light, the Maya craftman might have begun carving its image into a limestone frieze on a ceremonial temple. As for myself, I retain just enough life force after a long day of exploring the rainforest to toast the toucan with another rum and fresh papaya, one of the bird’s favorite fruits.
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Why I want to visit The Lodge at Chaa Creek in Belize, Central America…
With land so vast and old times told
We wonder what Chaa Creek beholds
Website provides sufficient bait
Adventure and discovery wait
‘Copter lifts us forth with speed
Towering falls with marvel heed
Descent to rainforest advocates
The ventures we anticipate
The morning wakes us with bird call
Toucan, Mot-Mot, Trogan all
For the day’s excitement we ignite
Breakfast bask in scene delight
Ancient Maya with secrets spare
Appears through branches here and there
I ride the bumpy trail by bike
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Archaeologists estimate that at their peak, 1 to 2 million Mayans lived within the borders of present day Belize.
Mighty Maya cities such as Caracol, Xunantunich and Lamanai dotted the landscape, with small agricultural communities farming the land between. The Maya civilization is divided into the Pre-Classic (1000 BC to AD 300), the Classic (AD 300 to 900) when the civilization reached its height of development, and the Post-Classic (AD 1000 to 1500) when the civilization fell apart and disappeared.
No one …
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Now what in the world does a 7 year old girl from Texas do in a tropical jungle? Go on a Treasure Hunt, of course! And that is just what she did. In fact, Olivia was the very first young explorer to sign up for Chaa Creek’s newest educational activity for kids, the Nature Quest Treasure Hunt. This adventurous mini-trek is lead by a professional naturalist guide and takes children on a mission of tropical discovery through the Chaa Creek …