San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye started life as a Mayan trading post and part of the Yucatan Peninsula. Mayans dug the narrow channel at Bacalar Chico around 1500 years ago, separating Ambergris from Mexico and opening up a better trade route to mainland Belize. As with the Maya on the mainland, the inhabitants here gradually relocated to the bush as contact with the Europeans, became more frequent. The Baymen likely gave the island its seafaring name in the 17th century. It is the largest of Belize’s cayes, it is about 25 miles long and its northern side almost adjoins Mexican Territory.
Most of the island’s population lives in the town of San Pedro, near the southern tip, and , in fact, the entire island is often referred to as San Pedro. The barrier reef is only half a mile offshore here. More than half the toursits who visit Belize fly straight to San Pedro and use it as a base for excursions elsewhere.
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Winding through a veritable paradise, the New River – an ancient Maya waterway – showcases the wildlife and beautiful scenery of Northern Belize. When you visit this destination in Belize, see how the sugar cane fields line the highway that leads you to explore remnants of Maya Heritage. Mystical temples and mysterious ceremonial sites underline the vibrant cultures of Mestizo and Yucatec Maya ancestry. When seeking amazing things to do in Belize, you will not be disappointed with the destinations Northern Belize offers. At the northern area of Belize you can find exclusive jungle lodges with all the amenities you can’t imagine in the middle of nowhere.
Chan Chich Lodge and Lamanai Outpost Lodge
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Located into the northeastern corner of Central America between Mexico`s Yucatan peninsula and the Petén forests of Guatemala, Belize offers some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere in the Caribbean.
The country actually consists of marginally more sea than land, with the dazzling turquoise shallows and cobalt depths of the longest barrier reef in the Americas just offshore. Belize is recognized worldwide as being part of the Mayan Civilization. On December 21st, 2012, the Mayan long count calendar completes its 13th great cycle or Baktun after nearly 52,000 years. The end of a cycle was considered to be a great cause for celebration, as the gods had blessed the Mayan people with continued life and health, and allowed a new age to begin. It will be marked by yearlong celebrations in Belize that will include sporting events, cultural shows and a variety of traditional ceremonies and rituals. These fantastic events will focus attention on both the achievements of the ancient Maya and their cultural contributions to the modern nation of Belize.
Sunday, March 25th 2012 TOJ: Maya Day 2012
The series of events will conclude with the grand Maya Day at Tumul K’in Center of Learning. The day’s event will kick off at with a Maya spiritual ceremony. On display will be Tumul K´in student exhibitions, crafts displays and information booths (traditional medicine, intercultural education, traditional agriculture, Maya language, etc.) Live marimba and harp music, cultural competitions, demonstrations, cultural food and lots of games and presentations
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