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[21 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]

We’re very excited to celebrate a new era – our twins becoming teenagers and the Mayan Solstice – in Belize! Participating in Chaa Chaa Creek’s festivities would be a magically memorable, lifetime learning, and fabulously fun experience (note: we are already booked for the 4-day Christmas package but would truly jump for joy if we had the chance to extend our too-short-stay experience and/or invite the kids’ 82 year old Chinese grandmother).

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[27 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]

So, as the days will start to become longer and the nights will become shorter, it is time to revel in the moment. It is time to take it all in. It is time to take in the history, the culture, the nature, the weather, the good company, and the life changing memorable moments. Experiencing Maya winter solstice in Belize, heck, just spending a week at Chaa Creek during December 2012 would be a dream come true!

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[25 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]

Sitting on the bank of the Moho River in the Toledo District, Senida a thirteen year old Mayan girl, relates wanting to go to high school but instead her father has found a man for her to marry. Senida asks the high school students I am traveling with what school is like in the US and they ask her about life in Belize. We are all richer from the experience.

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[18 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]

I first read about the Mayan culture in high school. What really struck me back then was the brutality of the Spanish towards the Aztecs, the Mayans, and other natives. The more you read about it the more you discover how much was lost, burned, and destroyed. Try to research the Mayan culture and you’re stuck with a lot of speculation, considering there are only 3 existing documents. Their breadth of knowledge of math and astronomy and who knows what else that was lost; it really haunts you.

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[9 May 2012 | No Comment | ]

Imagine waking up under sunny skies with spacious open space surrounded by greeneries or palm trees, roar of the ocean waves and a short walk to freshly brewed coffee with toasted bread and freshly squeezed orange juice. That could be your paradise for short term or long term.

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[1 Dec 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

After years of hosting legitimate archaeological research within its 365 acre nature reserve and through its Natural History Centre, Chaa Creek Maya research coordinators said they are astounded by the revelations surrounding news of the so-called Comalcalco brick discovered in Mexico.
Some of the startling finds could indicate an ancient Roman presence in the region thousands of years before Columbus’s arrival.

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[18 Jul 2011 | 3 Comments | ]

I’m going to Belize in 2 weeks! I have been invited by the Belize Tourist Board on a “FAM” trip. This is travel industry lingo for “familiarization”. I, along with a bunch of other travel industry professionals, are going on a somewhat insane itinerary: we will visit 27 hotels in 5 days! I wouldn’t call that fun, but many of these are places I have heard of for years but never gotten to, and I am looking forward to seeing them. We will be staying in San Ignacio, Mountain Pine Ridge, Placencia, Hopkins, and San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. I’ll be posting more about the trip when I get there.

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[5 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

It is estimated that Ambergris Caye had been continually occupied by the Maya for some 2,000 years until it was abandoned around 1500 AD, with some 20,000 Maya inhabiting the site at its peak between 1200 to 1400 AD. The Maya islanders most likely engaged in fishing, trading and salt production, as Ambergris would have been strategically located on the main coastal trading route. However, due to the lack of significant structures and the paucity of artefacts, the island never received the attention the grander inland sites such as Caracol and Xunantunich did.

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[15 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Ann Roellke – A Nature & Animal Lover

My wife’s name is Ann Roellke she has been a nurse on cape cod for the past 15 years and is a caring and giving person. She is also a nature and animal lover . Her job is extremely demanding and stress-full . After her 4 twelve hour shifts , in her most exhausted moments I look at this giving individual in awe of her stamina and her ability to give and give. I often search and wonder what could be the perfect venue for respite for the giver that she is . Then one day she came upon your website and she was deeply moved by your resort and the Eco friendly environment you provide. She has always been a “nature child” and takes great comfort and peace when surrounded by natures beauty. It truly “recharges” her and enables her to continue her selfless gift of giving…..

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[18 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Belize For Our Honeymoon

After hours of researching, trying to find that perfect place that fits all your romantic honeymoon fantasies without costing you an arm or a leg, or God forbid, all your marriage funds, Belize came into my mind when I was going through a stack of travel magazines with my lovely fiancé. Being a typical guy, I was darting through the pages quickly, musing at the pictures of couples snorkeling in islands that were way beyond our budget.

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[22 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]
Vacation Sweepstakes- Essay#7

Belize Eco-tourism Vacation Sweepstakes
To the people at Chaa Creek and Belize, my son and I have been looking for an eco-friendly place to take a vacation next summer. My son is very eco-minded, went to high school which specialized in environmental sciences, in conjunction with the Minnesota zoo.
For his senior project, he revamped a local battered women’s shelters garbage system so that it was totally recyclable. He earned a community award for this. It is very important …

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[12 May 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Chaa Creek: An Ancient Maya Village in Belize, Central America

submitted by C_Michael_Hogan

Large painted Mayan bowl found at the Chaa Creek site. This specimen is replete with detailed zoomorphic and geometric design and is on display at the Chaa Creek Natural History Center.

The Chaa Creek Mayan site is an ancient settlement in the Cayo District of Western Belize. Largely unexcavated, it contains over 70 recognizable Mayan elements including numerous pyramidal mounds and four plaza areas. Artifacts recovered include highly attractive glazed painted pottery, stone implements and a variety of …

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[29 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

This was our first trip to Belize, and we wanted to experience both the jungle/inland culture as well as the ocean scene. I’m very glad we picked Chaa Creek for our stay on the mainland!
We were picked up at the airport & driven the 2 hour trip to the resort by private transport, which after a long day traveling was quite appreciated. It was nice to have a knowledgeble & friendly driver telling us about the countryside during our ride.
Our …

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[22 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Author Joan Fry Provides Window to 1960s Maya Village Life in Southern Belize

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 …