Time Magazine’s acknowledgement of Chaa Creek as part of the global 2012 story is much appreciated and is a timely reminder that Belize’s premier eco-resort is offering informative adventure tours and sponsoring professional presentations on ancient Maya civilisation, Chaa Creek’s general manager said.
“We recently noticed that Time magazine gave Chaa Creek a favourable mention in one of their first editions of the new year, and given our focus on presenting factual information about the Maya civilisation, and providing authentic Maya experiences throughout 2012, this was very timely indeed,” Chaa Creek owner and GM Lucy Fleming said. [pullquote]While we have been actively disavowing the notion that the ancient Maya had anything to do with predicting that the world will end in 2012, we do appreciate that Time recognises Chaa Creek as a source for credible information.[/pullquote]
The January 9, 2012 edition of Time, in an article titled “The Last Party” suggests that readers “Hit the Belize Maya Heartland 2012 tour, which covers the Maya cities of Tikal and Caracol and other ancient sites; visitors learn how to read the Maya calendar and thus can decide for themselves if the end is nigh – chaacreek.com”.
“While we have been actively disavowing the notion that the ancient Maya had anything to do with predicting that the world will end in 2012, we do appreciate that Time recognises Chaa Creek as a source for credible information and as the place to come for an authentic Maya experience in 2012,” Ms Fleming said.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek, located in the Maya heartland of Belize, is surrounded by a 365 acre private nature reserve containing over 70 Maya archaeological sites and the Maya temple of Tunichilen, as well as the Natural History Centre and a network of miles of trails allowing visitors to explore Maya sites in their natural setting while learning about the local flora and fauna.
Over the years, Chaa Creek has sponsored numerous archaeological research studies, and Ms Fleming said that the resort will be offering specialised tours and vacation packages aimed at promoting Maya ancient history, cosmology, civilisation and culture throughout 2012.
“We’ve become increasingly concerned about the amount of misrepresentation one sees in popular media and across the internet about the Maya. Films such as 2012 distort Maya cosmology and the Maya’s impressive achievements, and we come across many references to ancient Maya civilisation that are blatantly untrue.
“The Maya are often painted as some spooky, primitive race of people when in fact this was a highly advanced civilisation that was far ahead of much of the rest of the world in areas such as mathematics, astronomy, writing, paper making, architecture, medicine and other fields. This is the Maya that we want the rest of the world to learn about, especially in the lead up to the huge, very significant Winter Solstice of 2012 celebrations,” she said.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek is hosting respected Mayanist Mark van Stone in January and in addition to presenting a series of informative lectures, workshops and hands-on Maya educational experiences throughout 2012 will be launching a forum to promote Maya educational topics and encourage rational debate about the relevance of ancient Maya predictions to today’s world, Ms Fleming said.