Just as the fall of Rome didn’t meant the end of Romans, the decline of great Maya metropolises, such as Guatemala’s Tikal, which reached its apex in the ninth century, doesn’t mean the indigenous people have vanished. About 40 percent of Guatemala’s 14 million people are Maya, and southern Mexico and the Yucatán Peninsula are home to many more predominantly Maya regions.
Belize is probably the most eclectic melting pot of a country imaginable, with cultures such as those first Belizeans, the Maya, mixing harmoniously with more recent additions such as Spanish, British, African, European, Mennonite, East Indians and immigrants from the middle East, Asia … all over the planet, actually.
Today’s Belize Photo of the Day is the Aloe Vera which is commonly known as The Medicinal Plant. Aloe Vera is a very short-stemmed plant that can grow up to 60-100 cm tall spreading by offsets. The Aloe Vera’s leaf is thick and fleshy to touch and has tiny prickles or spines around the perimeter. The Aloe Vera plant can be frequently seen tropical areas of the world, including Belize where it can be seen very commonly at Chaa Creek’s 365-acre private nature preserve. The plant can be easily spotted while on the Rainforest Medicine Trail Tour with our naturalist guides.
After centuries of struggle to preserve their culture and, in many instances, their lives, from foreign greed, the Maya are now facing a new battle as a global conglomerate attempts to introduce GMO (genetically modified organisms) corn into Belize. Fortunately, people are beginning to heed the alarm.