secret center of Belize

Belize City Boats

Belize City is many things at once : the country’s largest city , business center and main port and provincial capital of the Belize District. A look at the history of the city of Belize City : Life Founder times ( about mid-17th century ) the city was called nor Belize Town. Until 1970 Belize City was even the capital of the country .

Anyone have more and know more precisely wants a big influence on important events in the country and its people over time and wrote the history of Belize, a visit to the museums in the city should not miss : The Museum of Belize takes you on a journey into history the country and the people who inhabited it . One learns how far handed the influence of Maya in this region and what treasures they have left to posterity . The Maritime Museum of interested visitors learn in exhibitions interesting facts about the themes sea, reefs and cayes and the Art Museum Image Factory provide local artists exhibit their works to the audience .

At the beginning of the 19th Century built by the settlers of British bricks an Anglican church . She was given the name of Saint John ‘s Cathedral. Throughout Central America, there are no older Anglican church . It was next to the church even at coronation ceremonies as a backdrop. Around the same time, the white government building was built in the colonial style. Both are in very good condition . The lighthouse at the harbor thanks to the generosity of Belize Baron Bliss . At the foot of the lighthouse , the British aristocracy is buried .

Another building worth seeing located at Haulover Creek. This river runs through the city and divides it into two sides : the Northside with nobler residential areas and hotels and the Southside, where playing the commercial and economic activity. A swing bridge spans the river , creating a path from one side of town to the other. It was built in the 1920s and is still operated by hand even today. Twice a day gives way to the bridge of the ship traffic and can happen hochmastige ships.

Cheers to Baron Bliss!

Every year on the 9th March in Belize City something extraordinary place : a regatta in honor of Baron Bliss . Who was this man and thus he has earned a national holiday ? Well, for the people of Belize , this man has a special significance . They buried him in Belize and even erected a monument to him in the city . The Englishman Baron Bliss (1869-1926) came to British Honduras ( called as the country in his time ) . It was sort of love at first sight , for he saw the mainland only from his ship . Before he could take a visit, died of British aristocrats .

His affection was enough even to the point that he left the country of Belize and its people a small fortune in the form of a trust fund ! Using these funds , numerous buildings and public facilities to be built. Throughout Belize one is still grateful to the benefactor and proves it by festivities throughout the country at his death every year anew the honor .

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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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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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