Maya 2012 Winter Solstice Celebrations Carved in Stone

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What we know about the ancient Maya comes primarily from early stone monuments known as stelae; large tombstone-like slabs of mostly limestone on which important dates and events were recorded using Maya glyphs; the written or carved characters considered to be one of humankind’s earliest forms of writing.

New Belize Caribbean Package Takes in Rainforest and Reef

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The new Caribbean Reef and Maya Rainforest Package is a seven night, eight day affordable Belize luxury holiday offering guests the choice of three nights at one resort and four at the other. It includes luxury accommodation, a range of activities, and all meals, transfers, taxes and gratuities. “All-inclusive means that everything is taken care of from the moment you land until you leave. The inland rainforest and the sparkling Caribbean feel like two different worlds…

Belize Jouvert 2012 – Making the Mud!

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Jouvert in Belize is celebrated at 5am on the morning of the Carnival with massive crowds following a truck hauling gigantic speaker systems pumping out Carnival Rythms and whipping the people into a dancing fever while pasting each other with specially prepared mud by Ms. Marsha Smith. People from around the world travel to Belize to partake in Jouvert.

Medical Tourism Becoming a Reality in Belize

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Under BELTRAIDE’s Compete Caribbean Project, component two (2) entails the identification of two priority sectors for investment. One of the identified priority sectors is Medical Tourism. There is certainly great potential for this industry to boom and create employment for Belize, whilst increasing its Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Top Five Historic Ruins in the Caribbean

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Most visitors to the Caribbean don’t make it further afield than their cabana, and with good reason. The powder white sand and clear water make for some of the best beach bumming on the planet. Here are the top five fascinating and picturesque reasons to pry the pina colada out of your hand and explore what’s past the tiki bar.

The Best Travel Apps to Use On the Go

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You’re hungry, exploring Belize, and you need to find a restaurant before you start snapping at your travel companions. What do you do? If your phone runs apps, you can be calling a taxi to the nearest hot spot while your paper-bound companions are still looking around for brochures.Travel apps can help you find tourist destinations, local cultural events, and the best places to eat in Belize without wasting time looking through your guidebook or trying to speak the local language to ask a stranger.

Retire to the Simple Life in Cayo, Belize

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Mick Fleming is something of a legend in this part of Belize, a larger-than-life character who, more than 30 years ago, with $600 in his pocket, made his way to Belize City, where he met a guy in a bar who owned a piece of land in the jungle he was interested in selling. Mick bought, thinking he’d try his luck as a farmer. The farming was tough going, but, in time, Mick identified another opportunity. Travelers were beginning to find their way to this remote region. They’d happen upon Mick and ask if he had a place where they could spend the night.

David Meerman Scott’s Belize Masterclass Levels the Field

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This visit and the Masterclass shows how dramatically new media and social networking has changed the face of communications and global marketing. Just a few years ago, Belize would not be attracting speakers of Mr Meerman Scott’s calibre. We simply wouldn’t have had the budget or the reach to attract the attention of people like him.

Chaa Creek Salutes Belize’s National Celebrations Theme

“It’s a wonderful theme that perfectly encapsulates what Belize is all about, and we wanted to take the time out to thank Emogen for condensing what’s so great about Belize into one theme. We also want to congratulate her for winning the nationwide competition to find that perfect theme,” Mrs Fleming said.

The Moroton Community Committee Installs 6 Beautiful Chairs at the San Ignacio Macal River Park

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The Macal River Park is situated behind the Chaa Creek Business Office in San Ignacio Town and is a relaxing and serene park to read a book, have an interesting conversation or a nice picnic with friends. This weekend the Moroton Community Outreach Committee headed by Mick Fleming, Co-founder of Chaa Creek installed 6 comfortable and cozy chairs that were built at the Chaa Creek Wood Workshop.

Belize Celebration Season Begins Early for 2012

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UFO GREAT BLUE HOLE BELIZE Caught on Tape

UFO filmed and caught on tape while we were flying over The Great Blue Hole, off the coast of Belize, near Belize City. The Great Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km (43 mi) from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, over 300 m (984 ft) across and 124 m (407 ft) deep.

3 Reasons to Skip the Wild Spring Break Trip and Volunteer in Belize Instead

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Despite the fact that Belize is incredibly ethnically diverse—home to many different peoples and languages—they all seem to share a common respect for the human condition and for the environment. One of my Belizean friends told me a story in which he once caught a wild baby bird when he was a little boy and kept it in his room in a shoebox. When his mother found out, she forced him to release the bird and then locked him in his room for a day. The lesson?

Chaa Creek Announces 2012 Scholarship Winners

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The Academic Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students striving to excel at various levels of education, including high school, colleges and university. The rigorous scholarships selection process is based on academic performance and financial need, and each year assists ten Belizeans who show both academic promise and a desire to further their educational goals.

Seductive Honeymoon Specials for Belize’s Summer of Love

“This summer Chaa Creek is celebrating the wonderful power of love, and who better to join us in this beautiful romantic rainforest setting than honeymooners? Honeymooners have that special happy glow, and we love having them around so much that we’re enticing them with some extra tender loving care and pretty amazing discounts,” he said.

The Ultimate Survival Guide to Long Bus Rides

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Whatever you do, don’t drink alcohol the day before or day of the bus ride. This is a big no-no and I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. Why you ask? Generally, when you drink alcohol… at a later point, you’ll want to drink water and copious amounts of it. It might not seem like that big of a deal until you realize you’ve been guzzling water and the bus doesn’t appear to be stopping for a toilet break. Fast forward three hours and you’re about ready to turn your empty water bottle into a makeshift bathroom. Not fun.

7 Surprising Tips for Staying Healthy On the Road

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As an avid traveler I know a LOT of simple tricks anyone can use to stay healthy on the road. In fact, I’ve survived South East Asia, India, South America, U.S. and Canada and have never had any stomach problems.

Belize voted among world’s best destinations by Travel and Leisure readers

Travel and Leisure is one of the world’s most recognized magazines. Published 12 times a year, the publication has just shy of five million readers. As for the World’s Best Awards, every August since 1995, these awards have been determined by an annual reader survey which asks travelers and travel providers to rate destinations, hotels, airlines, cruise lines, river cruises, and car-rental companies.

Actress and Ocean Activist Kate Walsh, Visits Belize to Raise Awareness on Belize’s Sea Heritage

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On Saturday June 9, Kate visited Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize’s oldest marine reserve and Shark Ray Alley, where she snorkeled and experienced firsthand, why they remain a major visitor’s attraction. At both sites she was photographed and filmed by renown Belizean photographer — Tony Rath. Through her visit, Ms. Walsh not only gained direct experience with Belize’s diverse reef environment, but she learned about how essential reserves are to the sustainability of Belize’s marine waters, food security and economy.

It’s A Jungle Out There At The Belize Zoo

When the Belize Tourst Board offered me a press trip to Belize. I jumped at the opportunity. When they told me that upon arrival I would be whisked off to the Belize Zoo, I was skeptical if this first stop would be worth a visit. My feeling is that zoos are mostly depressing places. I figured that there would be imported Lions, Tigers, and Giraffes. I could not have been more wrong.

Chaa Creek Celebrates Everest Victory with Super Tuesday

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The Lodge at Chaa Creek is celebrating Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay’s Mount Everest victory of May 29, 1953 with another Super Tuesday, giving vigilant travellers an opportunity to experience Belize rainforest luxury at budget accommodation prices, marketing administrator Larry Waight announced today.

Shifting trade routes may have led to Maya decline

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The researchers found that prior to the fall of the Maya inland centers, obsidian tended to flow along inland riverine networks. But over time, this material began to be transported through coastal trade networks instead, with a corresponding increase in coastal centers’ prominence as inland centers declined.

Tips for avoiding jet lag on long haul flights

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Most travellers will want to make the most of their limited time on holiday and see as much of their holiday destination as possible. Unfortunately most travellers will also fail to take into account the effect the leap in time zones will have on the body.

Another Chaa Creek Super Tuesday Announced

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Response to The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s surprise Super Tuesday discounts has prompted Belize’s premier eco resort to offer a repeat performance this coming Tuesday, 22 May 2012.

Belize: Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret

Belize is a rewarding, authentic destination for travelers in search of unique, intimate experiences in a Caribbean/Central American getaway. A Belize vacation will stir your soul, expand your mind and change your life.

The Eco Kids Rainforest Adventure Continues…

Chaa Creek has had a rich past as an ancient, bustling ancient Maya community and trade centre, as a vibrant part of the early British Honduras chicle and logging industry and as one of the many farms supplying San Ignacio town before becoming home to Belize’s first eco-resort. As part of our commitment to Green sustainability, all of us at Chaa Creek are continually promoting greater environmental awareness and respect for the things that make Belize so special.

Chaa Creek prepares for Maya summer solstice

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The ancient Maya’s reverence for the summer solstice would have taken on even great significance during their much anticipated year of 2012, a Mayanist at The Lodge at Chaa Creek said while announcing that the Belize eco resort is keeping this centuries-old tradition alive with a week of special activities centred on the Maya Summer Solstice celebration of 20 June 2012.

2012 Maya Summer Vacations a “Rare Opportunity”

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The 2012 summer holidays present a rare opportunity to learn about ancient Maya culture and history in the Heartland of the Maya, a noted Belizean anthropologist said. The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s resident Mayanist, anthropologist Joe Awe, said 2012 is an exciting time not only for the Maya people of Belize, but for archaeologists, anthropologists, Maya healers, academics and professionals from around the world, and this created rare opportunities for tourists interested in Maya culture.