BELIZE – MAYAN CIVILIZATION

Once known as British Honduras, Belize is a democratic, English and Spanish speaking nation. The beaches are spectacular and the history of the land dates back to the Mayans. Swaying palm trees, colorful sunsets and friendly people create a paradise that is hard to leave.

Visit Belize and enjoy the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, the majestic Maya Mountains and laid back people. There are many activities and places to visit within Belize and the Belizean Islands. The picture below was taken on Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island, which was voted the number one island in the world by top travel companies such as TripAdvisor that take a yearly vote from millions of travelers.

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Adventuring Belize you will see hundreds of ruins and ceremonial centers that indicate Belize was populated by the Maya Civilization; a civilization that reached its peak known as the Classic Period between A.D. 250 and 900. At its height, the Maya of Belize and Central America formed one of the most densely populated and culturally dynamic societies in the world!

The Mayan civilization eventually declined leaving behind large groups whose offspring still exist in Belize today. They maintain a distinctive set of traditions and set beliefs resulting from the merger of pre-Columbian and post-Conquest of ideals and cultures. Millions of people still speak Mayan languages today.

Mayans are noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as for its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems.

Advances such as writing, epigraphy and the calendar did not originate with the Maya; however, their civilization fully developed them.

During the late Classic period of Maya civilization, as many as 400,000 people may have lived in Belize, leaving behind ruins such as Xunantunich, which means “maiden of the rock” or “stone woman”, seen below. It can be reached by ferry daily and is less than one mile from the rapids of the Mopan River and provides an impressive view of the entire river valley. The highest ruin is 133 feet tall, the second tallest ruin in all of Belize.

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Well-preserved sun god masks decorate one side of the Xunantunich structure. Six major plazas, more than 25 temples and palaces and a new museum are just some of the reasons why Xunantunich is one of the most visited sites. The Belize Tourism Development Project has invested over half a million dollars to fully excavate the site and make it more visitor-friendly. Belize has many sites worth visiting to find artifacts of the Mayan culture.

During a recent trip to the Plantation David LaQua and several of the LaQua Plantations workers came across an artifact reminiscent to the Mayan culture. Take a look and tell us what you think this is and perhaps who created such a wondrous thing!

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