It is amazing to get involved in such ancient rich world and to experience and touch the unique pieces from such an antique culture. Belize brings you closer to the daily lives and household of the remaining descendants of the Mayas in a truly authentic Mayan village, to learn directly from them their wisdom and knowledge about the rainforest, nature and traditional way of life.
Today, let me to introduce you to some of the lesser known Maya ruins in Belize, but with no doubt they are two of the most beautiful Mayan sites in this country. I’m talking about Nim Li Punit and Lamanai. Both ruins are off the beaten path but it’s worth to visit them because of their special charm and mostly because you will be the only one in the whole archaeological site.
Belize is a country with a diverse culture! This being one of the many reasons that made me fall in love with this country. Everywhere you go in Belize, you will find a mix of the different ethnic groups that makes up Belize’s population, be that the Garifunas, Mestizos, Creoles, Mennonites or the Mayas.
Belize is a country full of wildlife but sometimes it is hard to see some of the more spectacular species. They are so shy and they run away from the humans. For example, the rainforest mammals of Belize tend to be very secretive and mostly nocturnal. This makes them extremely difficult to see. They usually see, hear, or smell you long before you know they are nearby. So if you want to enjoy an amazing day surrounded by all of the most amazing native animals of Belize, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit the special Belize Zoo.
Central America, specifically Belize, is well known as the land of caves and sinkholes often referred to as Cenotes. These formations were once used by the Mayas for generations and present a great opportunity to learn about this ancestral culture and to discover the mysteries inside these ancient caverns.
If you are looking for a high intensity adrenaline-filled experience in the Belizean rainforest then this is the mother of them all! The Black Hole Drop, or like the locals called it, “The mother of all Caves”… Actun Loch Tunich.
Belize is not only about amazing beaches, if you dare to explore its interior, you will be surprised by its jungle full of color and life. It’s important to know that more than 60% of the country is covered by tropical rainforest and many protected areas are waiting to be discovered.
Belize is well known for its beautiful Barrier Reef, the second longest in the world, and probably one of the best preserved and healthy coral areas due to its water quality: always warm, clear and full of life.
After several days in the Garifuna Fishing Village of Hopkins, we wanted to venture off and explore a little more of this fascinating culture and get a firsthand experience of their music, language and intriguing way of life.
Landing at Belize City International airport, we realized that we were already in the much sought after tropical climate: the sun, the breeze and the people were just as we imagined.
My decision to get a college Degree in Tourism was inspired by my insatiable childhood dream to travel around the world, to discover new cultures and people, to explore and to delve into those kind of enriching experiences that molds our lives.
Hopkins Village is well known as the hub of the Garifuna Culture in Belize. In celebration of this Culture and a tasty tribute to the most delicious of tropical fruits, the Hopkins Chapter of Belize Tourism Industry Association, has established the “Hopkins Mango Festival”
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