Belize Land of the Maya

Altun Ha, Mayan temple Belize.

Past civilizations have always had a special fascination for me . The magic touch of mysterious story blowing me again and again , if I can see the mysterious relics of bygone days or , with luck , sometimes even allowed to touch . That’s why I ‘ve always wanted to travel to Belize . It was my dream to see in my life with my own eyes what ‘s left of the legendary Maya. And that I have can finally fulfill that dream.

Belize received me with bright blue skies and sunshine. Since I mostly wanted to spend here with a visit to the Mayan ruins my time , I had chosen the winter dry season, this tropical paradise as a personal visit time . Although the cost a total of a little more money , but some Mayan facilities would not have been accessible during the rainy season. And I finally wanted to miss nothing , just to save the wrong place to be able to .

My accommodation was basic but clean and comfortable and I found there everything that I needed. Finally, I wanted to here also do not reside , but only to sleep , make me fresh and change your clothes. My chinos, T -shirts and fresh underwear were quickly stowed away in the closet. Of course, I had also taken a hat that not only a daring resemblance to Indiana Jones gave me , but also to protect myself with my excursions on the trail of the Maya from sunburn . And a backpack I had taken in order to have a self-catering my rations at hand at the man can .

When a licensed organizer I had booked a tour to the ruins of Altun Ha for the next day . Here wont the Maya hold their ceremonies and this place has become like since its re-discovery by particularly intensive excavations for curious hobby historians me back quite easily accessible. Amazement and awe I walked through the impressive streets and the two main plazas and looked at it fascinated the convincing of great craftsmanship manner with which the Maya have used their building materials. The numerous temples and dwellings , which are remarkably well preserved even today, gave me a touching picture of the life that once flourished here must have .

On a visit to the ruins of Caracol I was particularly pleased me, because it was not so easy to get a permission to visit . All you need is an official official permit and then must still have additionally lucky enough to get one of the few coveted seats on the visitors list. Fortunately, my tour operator had been able to take care of everything and my new adventure , nothing stood in the way.

Even the trip to the ruins of Caracol was a sensation . Although I have as a pampered Europeans an entirely different idea of ​​a paved road , as is the case in Belize, but the fantastic scenery reconciled me with every single pothole. All one can say about the colorful beauty of the tropics, I have seen during this bumpy ride. The rain forest that surrounds Caracol , houses countless plants and animals and is of wild untamed splendor. And the sight of the over 40 meter high pyramid ” Canaa ” at the end of the journey compensated me not only for all of the effort , but let me forget completely . This sublime testimony of earlier architectural art is, as far as I know, still the tallest artificial structure in Belize. This system is really uniquely beautiful and literally breathtaking.

The ruins of Cerros were next on my list. Since I had chosen the dry season , I was able to enjoy a land there , the past led me to a few small villages and a wonderful lagoon. Arriving at my destination I explored amazement the three major citadels , the mighty plazas and pyramids flanking the plant. And of course I let me not miss the sensational view that presents itself there on a 20 meter high walk- building.

The next day I had the imposing ruins of Lamanai on the program. Here, the Maya have over 3000 years continuously lived and held their ceremonies regularly. Nestled in a lush tropical rainforest plant the proud lay there and rewarded me after I had climbed the towering temple complex bravely , with an absolutely terrific views . Although I had seen at that time a lot and experienced, I have to say that I had never felt so much the presence of the Maya as here , high on the temple , in the face of the whole tropical abundance .

Coming to Lubaantun was not so easy, but I had opened a good tour operator who could arrange everything necessary for me. And it really was a very unique experience that no fewer than 11 major complexes and their five main plazas full of explorers urge to fathom. Particularly impressed me here was the unusual design. The workers there at the time used no mortar , but the individual bricks aligned so perfectly and assembled that the buildings could withstand the test of time without any binder. An absolutely sensational cultural achievement , I think.

The ruins of Xunantunich should be the last stop of my personal adventure through the ancient quasi Belize . Here are my grades were called as ” mountain goat ” because there during the almost two kilometers from where the ferry port , up to the system one at times quite toxic slope . But I knew that would compensate me for all the abundant rise torments these ruins .

Xunantunich presented me with six major plazas and more than 25 state buildings , ie palaces and temples . On the southern edge of the pyramid El Castillo rises to 40 meters in height. I thought that was very impressive , even if Canaa lies there on points clearly ahead .

With your head full of exciting new experiences and a suitcase full of sweaty laundry , I finally joined physically exhausted , but overjoyed at my much too quickly induce Come home. I had no photos taken . The Maya and the remaining silent mystery of her past will be from now on a vital part of my very own wonderful memories of Belize .

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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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