A new archaeological site is currently being excavated on the outskirts of Benque Viejo Del Carmen Town in Belize’s Cayo District. The exact time period is yet unknown, however it is possible that this site dates back to the early Classic period. This small Maya site served at one time as the household of a rural elite family.
Time to start planning a Belizean Summer vacation! Getting into the planning swing of things right now makes perfect sense. For one thing, it takes one’s mind off the slushy cold weather and waiting for March’s lion to mellow out and finally become a lamb. Secondly, it gives time to pull together ideas and start creating a summer vacation that satisfies everyone.
Belize is way less crowded than most vacation hotspots, but still has everything a tourist could want — snorkeling, hiking and incredible ancient ruins to tour. Bonus: It’s also the only Central American nation where English is the official language. If you need more convincing, here are 9 reasons to head to Belize over the rest:
Reports published in National Geographic News, Archaeology magazine and other sources, describe how teams of researchers have been diving into and working around cenotes, or deep sinkholes that the ancient Maya thought to be gateways to Xabalba, the sacred underworld throughout Belize. While recording and amassing a rich collection of fossils and artefacts at Cara Blanca, a team from the University of Illinois discovered a water temple complex where Maya pilgrims offered sacrifices to Chaak and other deities.