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The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s annual festivities to honour both Halloween and the Day of the Dead will have a distinctly Maya flavour this year as Belize and the Mundo Maya region prepare to celebrate the completion of the Maya Long Count cycle on December 21, 2012, according to the eco resort’s Food and beverage manager Bryony Fleming.
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“It’s been amazing to see both Belize and Chaa Creek grow so much during the last three decades, and we’re honoured to have been part of that growth. If those outnumbered patriots fighting so valiantly at St George’s Caye over 200 years ago could see what their beloved British Honduras has become, and the quality of life their descendants are enjoying, I think they would be very happy indeed,” Ms Fleming said.
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The former British Honduras will satisfy those who feel the need for the perfect beach. Take a water taxi from the West Indian flavoured Belize City and head out to the diving paradise of Ambergris Key. There are no large hotels on the island and barely any paved roads, but everyone has a boat, which comes quite handy because the Caribbean’s best diving reef is just off the coast. The locals speak English as their official language, so ordering that lobster at sunset from your favourite beach shack won’t be a problem. Perhaps that was one of the reasons why Ambergis Key was voted one of the best islands in the world by Islands Magazine. Fly into Belize city for less with Vayama’s deals to Central America and the Caribbean.
Two big birthdays will be celebrated in the Caribbean/Central American region this year as Belize and its first eco-resort, The Lodge at Chaa Creek, both turn 30. Chaa Creek, which had previously been a small family farm, first opened its doors to paying customers the same year that Belize, the former British Honduras, gained independence from Great Britain in 1981, and the celebration of these two milestones is turning into a major party.
Visiting Belize can be a lot of fun. Some of the most interesting and beautiful caves in the world are located there. Like most of Central America, Belize once had a large Mayan population. Remnants of their social and spiritual lives can still be found intact inside magnificent caves with underground waterfalls and fantastic mineral growths. Cavers and intrepid tourists need only hire an experienced, licensed guide to show them an underground world they will never forget. The combination of mythology, geology and artistry are unmatched anywhere in the world.
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“Belize has a government modeled after the British system, somewhat similar to the Canadian and Australian systems. In most people’s opinions it was the best thing the British left behind when it gave Belize its independence in 1981. Before that, Belize was known as the British Honduras. In the past 10 years, the population has doubled to approximately 320,000 residents.
BELMOPAN – Belize today celebrates the 29th anniversary of its independence with a national fiesta that includes a military parade, cultural events, catering fairs and sport events throughout September.
The Central American country’s territory is 22,960 sq. km. and is bounded on the north by Mexico, on the west by Guatemala and on the east by the Caribbean sea, where it boasts the longest coral reef in the western hemisphere.
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How to Cook a Tapir, by Joan Fry
I love a good travel memoir, better yet, a full-immersion culinary travel memoir. So it was with great anticipation that I cracked open Joan Fry’s latest book, How to Cook a Tapir: A Memoir of Belize. The book documents the author’s time living among the Maya in a village in southern Belize in 1962. A sophomore in college, Fry fell into her life abroad by marrying a dashing anthropologist and following him into …