Orange Walk Town along the New River

English: Orange Walk town, Belize

Orange Walk Town , on the banks of the New River , is Belize’s second largest city . Settlers have been around a very long time in this area. First, the Maya many centuries lived here and later , starting around the mid-16th Century European settlers arrived in this region of Belize. Just as Corozal Town Orange Walk Town has emerged as a settlement of refugees from Mexico.

A special attraction in the area of Orange Walk Town is the imposing and important Mayan ruins of Lamanai . To get there , the waterway on the New River offers . Enjoy the ride in the boat and let the views of the Belizean landscape slide . Experience the flora and fauna of Belize , you see enough of the magnificent colors of the jungle.

After a while, ride the river empties into the New River Lagoon . This lagoon is approximately fifty kilometers long and thus the largest in Belize. Even from the shore you can see some buildings of the Maya. Lamanai , which translates in German means as much as ” abgetauchtes Crocodile” , one of the largest Mayan facilities of its kind in all of Belize . It is estimated that up to 50,000 people lived here . The huge main temple in Lamanai comes from the so-called Präklassik the Mayan culture. This ranges from about 2000 BC to 250 BC, a small museum on site are issued in the various artefacts from all periods of the Mayan culture. The entire area is now under protection , which is also the rain forest and the wildlife comes in addition to the archaeological treasures benefit . Keep your eyes open, you might discover one of the shy forest dwellers ! If you like , you can swim in the New River Lagoon .

The Rio Bravo conservation area and its treasures

The Rio Bravo Conservation Area is a huge nature reserve , about an hour’s drive from Orange Walk Town . Many thousands of acres of forest land have a variety of animals habitat. Above all, the stocks of wild cats and tapirs are particularly high in this reserve and remain fairly constant, since hunting is hardly or not longer allowed. In the treetops of mahogany trees , cedars and other giant trees cavort over 200 different bird species, but also monkeys and other animals . Over 100 species of orchids grow in the Rio Bravo Conservation Area. It relies on sustainable ecotourism to introduce visitors to the vulnerable nature and its diversity.

As a visitor you have the opportunity to participate in guided jungle tours , exploring nature trails and visit Mayan sites . In the midst of the protected area are in fact present countless Mayan ruins. It is believed that many remnants of the Mayan time have so far remained undiscovered . The most famous Mayan site here is probably La Milpa .

La Milpa was discovered in the 1930s. Of course, here are pyramids – some of them extend more than 20 feet in the air . The archaeologists believe that in the north of La Milpa is the part where the people lived . In the south, the buildings are laid out rather closed. Presumably, the rulers resided . Today, large parts of the former Mayan city are overgrown by jungle.

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Belize Tours – Part 1

Big Rock Fall, Privassion Creek, Belize

Tours

The location of the island between the Caribbean coast of Belize , Guatemala and Mexico entices round trips to a variety of landscapes and cultures. The eventful history of Belize to return to the Mayan time makes it particularly rewarding study trips . Vast rain forests, waterfalls and Caribbean beaches are one side of the island, ruins of Mayan temples and residential buildings the other.

Individualists come with a mix of car hire and charter flights at their expense , to discover on your own Belize and the surrounding countries . Thus, a balanced program can be compiled as desired .

For a round trip in Belize Caracol and Lamanai are on the list of archaeological sites to delve here into the history of the Maya. Botanically interested should the Panti Medicinal Trail schedule on which the fauna of Belize is explained. Nearby is the Che Chem Ha cave is located . Excursions in the woods can be explored on horseback , this has the advantage that you get close to wildlife zoom comes because of the smell of horses covered the people . In addition, the Rocked offers are by nature time to adjust to the rhythm of nature and people in a tropical country . Waterfalls such as the nature reserve Mountain Pine Ridge are also a refreshing sight as the natural pools of the river Rio Frio ideal opportunity to cool off on the trip. Likewise, in the underground river of inland Blue Hole on the Hummingbird Highway – a unique nature experience.

Tours in Belize will always find some place on the water. This includes exploring by canoe into the cave of Barton Creek as sailing trips to the most attractive diving areas . The coral reefs are a must , but whoever does takes the plunge into the diving, can admire the colorful variety of fish species also while snorkeling . For daily planning a trip should be on a small island belonging to Belize .

Provides variety from which to explore the borderland , for example on a three-country tour on Maya. After the start in Mexico, from Cancun to Chetumal. The Mayan museum in the port of export for precious wood , provides an introduction to the culture of the indigenous people and is the largest of the so-called Mayan Riviera. In eight departments, it provides an outline of the present knowledge on the Maya.

In neighboring Belize , a settlement of the Maya can be seen at Altun Ha , next to the zoo with the Tropical Education Center, the butterfly house and the jungle trail and overnight at Djungle Lodge, the border crossing to Guatemala can be scheduled , the Mayan city of Tikal.

Just as the river Rio Hondo Belize from Mexico separates , is the Usumacinta between Mexico and Guatemala. By boat you can reach here Yaxchilan , another Mayan site . About Uxmal it goes back to Cancun.

Chichén Itzá , since 1988 a World Heritage Site , a temple town in the Yucatan Peninsula with a turbulent history and the appropriate ending to a journey through the ancient culture is because here the phrase had taken place with the importance of the Maya wore off and their civilization ended . In addition to the pyramid of Kulkután and the nuns house especially the Ball court is known.

From Belize from tours to Guatemala and Nicaragua are well organized. To get to know another way to land and people , traveling by public buses of the island. Especially for backpackers can be scheduled so spontaneous and flexible destinations , also taking account of advice of the locals.

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History of Belize

From the Maya to the

Belize City, Belize

Belize City, Belize (Photo credit: Hickatee)

European settlers

Belize was not always Belize . Long the land was known as British Honduras, and a colony of the British Empire . Only anno 1973 it received its present name and some ten years later, Belize became independent. However, we first take a look into the past.

The history of Belize dates back far . For many centuries, the Maya are located in Belize . Bear testimony of numerous ruins of cities and temples of the Maya – scattered throughout the country. A small number of descendants of these people still live in Belize .

In the mid-17th Century then begin the Europeans to colonize the country. As an incentive, they look especially profit by trading in logwood, which can be beaten here . The coloring properties of this woody plant is known in Europe since the 16th Century. Therefore, it was in high demand as a dye for wool. But the precious exotic mahogany wood ship the settlers in the home. On the history of Belize at this time also include pirate . The privateers are focused on the island of St. George ‘s Caye domesticated one . Here they return when they finish their Plünderfahrten in the Caribbean waters . On the charges of the Spanish and British ships have targeted the pirates ! British and Spanish settlers have long time fierce battles for supremacy in Belize. End of the 18th Century then win the British an important victory against the Spaniards in the Battle of St. George ‘s Caye . In this battle ships from the UK, the Spanish fleet were far superior .

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Welcome to Belize – Part 2

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The tropical Belize in Central America is considered a delicacy for all travel enthusiasts who are looking for off the beaten trails of mass tourism, tranquility, relaxation and exceptional nature experiences. The Caribbean feeling of life is experienced in its most beautiful and original form.

Every year, about 200,000 tourists this green oasis in a class . Divers and snorkelers will be fascinated by the reefs and coral islands , with Belize has to offer something very unique with his riff : It is the longest and overall second largest reef of its kind in the world.

The calls also avid anglers on the scene, which can adjust its floating loot to their heart’s desire , which is certainly not likely to be suitable for consumption each of the locally very close to 400 species of fish. Hapless Petri disciples still do not despair , because , of course, always provide the numerous fish restaurants their hungry guests the freshest tidbits on .

Belize as a state consists of the mainland and from about 1000 islands, of which Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are likely to be known .

The fantastic wealth of Belize’s flora – there are thousands of different varieties at home – is breathtaking. Far more than 200 orchids and 500 species of trees are located here and grow predominantly in their full glory in the natural and intact tropical rain and jungle. These unique and literally primeval forest areas hint at incomprehensible dimensions of the former Central American rain forest must have been . Even today, Belize’s most impressive “green lungs ” very easy to spot in satellite images from space.

In the vast Savannas are found as a genuine alternative program spacious pine forests. Where the soil is wet and boggy – essentially in coastal areas – to mangroves have conquered the ground unchallenged.

All these valuable and sometimes unique green oasis require special care . That is why more than half of Belize under protection.

The wildlife of this Caribbean paradise is , however, at least as spectacular as its flora. The jaguar is the third largest cat in the world and the largest cat in America, yet nature reserve has lived here since the times of Maja and can also start with a bit of luck in the wild in the Cockscomb Basin are observed . The brightly colored toucans create colorful and vocal accents that dot the coastline of countless delicate butterflies. The river crocodiles and snakes in the visitor should , however, if at all, only approach in professional supervision and a safe distance .

Numerous nature reserves invite thrill-seeking guests to pure enjoyment of nature and to special encounters. The most famous national parks called Blue Hole, Five blues Lake , Guanacaste, Laughing Bird Caye, Community Baboon Sanctuary and Rio Bravo .

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Jaguar , in the rainforest of Belize

Who loves anyway the unfathomable sea in general, the Caribbean in particular and the unspoilt nature , which will be tied up completely of Belize. There are five worldwide unique attractions that deserves everyone who can inspire for blue and other miracles. Talking about the marine Blue Hole and Shark Ray Alley , from the islands of Half Moon Caye and Laughing Bird Caye and the Hol Chan Reserve.

The Blue Hole

The ” blue hole” ( Blue Hole ) is the stunning visual and geographical center of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll , as if the “eye ” of the Caribbean . The name is here literally program, because in the spectacular top view does in front of the astonished observer a deep blue circular abyss in the sea on . This abyss is once been a cave that collapsed in front of several years tens of thousands and has formed with the sinking in the forces of nature that country bizarre structure that even the Blessed Jacques Cousteau impressed deeply in modern times. The blue hole is 300 meters wide and 125 meters deep. There’s plenty of room for astonishment – and for divers who understandably like to romp around .

The second underwater shine light on Belize’s Caribbean coast is the Shark Ray Alley with its wild animals. Adventurers divers here have a sensational opportunity to meet countless stingrays in the wild -water ride . Right next door dancing nurse sharks to the tune of the Dive Masters who always rewarded their animal ballet performance generously with a decent portion treat. For sports funding goes to Caribbean. Who goes there after the dive of a different kind goes without meaningful underwater photos back on land – must just down again .

Half Moon Caye is a strictly protected refuge for schnäbelnde red-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds in love , which can provide in heavenly peaceful neighborhood for the undisturbed preservation of its kind here . Much luxury has spread in the bird world – nearly 80 species of migratory birds make on Half Moon Caye regular stopover .

Other animals also enjoy here the benevolent protection of a sheltered natural parks. These include various iguanas , lizards and pregnant with many turtles eggs , both the real and the unreal . Here there is just literally a weather to lay eggs .

Careful snorkelers and divers on Half Moon Caye to discover lots of quick alive.

The small island of Laughing Bird Caye owes its name to the countless black-headed gulls that were once here at home , but presumably due to the increasing presence of humans gradually have permitted to sell . Whether they ever return, is not certain , even if it is desired and supported. Fortunately, the most beautiful thing this island has to offer , a very low-noise pleasure – magnificent dive sites and snorkeling waters.

The Hol Chan Reserve is located on Ambergris Caye, Madonna’s legendary ” Isla Bonita ” . Here are 13 square kilometer area under protection and offer the visitors wonderful gentle impressions. Of course you can also be dipped – but the takeaway of marine souvenirs and fishing is of course strictly prohibited. And people stick to it – in gratitude for they are richly rewarded with a lush and again intact underwater world.

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Welcome to Belize

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As colorful as the population of Belize is composed of different nations , so rich is the linguistic diversity. The official language is English, but is also spoken Creole, Spanish . Garifuna , Maya, and Plautdietsch – East Prussian Low German , the German -born Mennonites brought with them .

The native inhabitants, the indigenous people and the Maya, just make up around 40 percent of the population of Belize. Almost half is provided by the mestizos , half-breeds of indigenous and white Europeans , followed by Creoles , Garifuna ( ” Yamsesser ” ) – descendants of African slaves who intermarried with the inhabitants of the Caribbean coast, as well as minorities of German origin and Indians.

Another curiosity of Belize: Belmopan , the capital has only 8000 inhabitants, its predecessor Belize City which is economically far more important , about 70,000.

700 of about 23000 square kilometers of the state Belize is composed of small , coastal islands. The state is divided into six administrative districts .

The Mayan culture is one of the main attractions for tourists , such as Cuello in the remains of temples and residential buildings can be seen , which are evaluated archaeologically for decades. Belize has next to the origins of the Mayan culture on a colorful history , but also a history of oppression. Since the 16th Century under the rule of conquerors , Belize was initially managed and exploited by the Spanish Conquistadors . End of the 18th Century won the English in a sea battle an attractive colony. After all, here were tropical precious woods such as mahogany , as well as gold and silver to pick. These resources have been obtained with the help of slaves who eventually made ​​up the largest proportion of the population . The richness of Belize moved already to as a Spanish colony pirates and privateers .

Today oil discoveries make Belize interesting for investors. The population lives mainly from agriculture, forestry and fisheries . One in five of the 230,000 inhabitants are employed in this sector .

The development of Belize as a tourist attraction is sluggish , but just the patchy infrastructure makes the charm of this country from . Pleasant tropical temperatures between 20 and 40 degrees , uniquely beautiful diving spots in the world ‘s second largest coral reef and beaches without building giants of the major hotel chains are attracting more and more fans .

The range of possible activities is very large, and families. In addition to the water sports and the attractive dive sites await guests treks through the unique wooded landscape . The excavations at the sites of the Maya cultures lend themselves to educational travel .

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The Central American Belize has with Mexico and Guatemala very interesting continental neighbors and the Caribbean is one of the most beautiful seas for its magnificent coastal region. Since 1981, Belize is an independent state and offers its international guests plenty of attractions .

While Belize does not cover much more area than the state of Hesse , a variety of interesting landscapes are combined here in a small space . In addition to Belize include numerous small offshore islands, of which there was a worldwide hit for Madonna’s ” La Isla Bonita ” godfather .

Belize’s northern mainland has a geological past as the seabed and is still quite flat. Currently impressed here with the bushveld a dense tropical forest , mature in the noble hardwoods .

The coastal area offers the natural history visitors interested either mangroves or a handsome stock of maple trees and cypresses, surrounded by areas of tussock .

Belize’s center is sandy and full of wide savannah and the native mountain formations . The Pine Ridge and Maya Mountains rise there on up to 1120 meters and the amounts of rain nourishes here numerous streams that feed the two main tributaries of the river Belize, Macal and Mopan rivers . The Maya Mountains are in the south of the country as a watershed that accompany the flow to the Caribbean. Before the adventurous backdrop of caves and rock outcroppings but finds not only the water its way back into the sea. With him fertile silt and clay come to the coastal region. In order for the valuable basis blooming citrus and banana plantations is created.

Belize south to impress with large areas real rainforest , whose breathtaking sight alone is worth a visit due to its tropical climate, literally .

The Caribbean invites the winds direction to Belize with moisture and heat , thus ensuring a pleasant feel-good climate with an average air temperature of just 26 degrees Celsius during the day. Even at night it is never colder than 16 degrees Celsius. During the rainy season (June to October) is for it to tolerate a certain sultriness .

Due to the different weather and climates, alternating between rainy and dry season and the mixture of mountains and plains Belize can offer the visitor a wide range of natural habitats of plants and animals for personal discovery. No fewer than 49 different forest species are native here .

The coastal area of ​​Belize has divers wonderful coral reefs to offer the loose in size and beauty can be measured with the Great Barrier Reef itself . There is also off the mainland more than 1000 small Caribbean islands, here Cayes hot and some are still valuable tourist tips.

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