Considered to be the heartland of a civilization that once was, Belize boasts a rich heritage of archaeological sites. Its Cayo District, one of the last unspoiled places on earth and once the epicenter of the Maya, is dotted with ancient cities and ruins.
Travel across one of the last hand-cranked chain ferries which leads to Xunantunich, “Maiden of the Rock” – one of the region’s most legendary and popular archaeological sites frequented by a multitude of adventure travelers. Perch atop “El Castillo” which rises above the jungle canopy and witness panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, valleys as well as villages. Stop on the way back at a traditional market in the village of San Jose Succotz on the Mopan River, offering local crafts made from cloth, fabrics, slate, wood and other natural products.
With a myriad of spectacular natural attractions, there are plenty of adventures – archaeological sites being only one of them – to discover and explore Belize as a diverse destination!
As part of an industry in a country dedicated to minimizing the impact on the local culture and environment, Ka’ana has been founded on an enduring connection to the land as well as surrounding communities. We recognize the importance of providing our guests with honest luxury, without compromising the sustainability of the region. However, sustainability isn’t only about understanding the environmental impact we make, but about enhancing our guests’ experiences and the relationships we’ve established with local groups.
One such community outreach involves the recently adopted Succotz Primary School located in the village of San Jose Succotz – a mere ten-minute drive from Ka’ana. Of the three hundred and sixty (360) students currently attending, only a few are able to afford the US$18 yearly tuition. Rather than turning the children away, the school’s lack of resources has resulted in a fledgling sports program, inadequate cafeteria and restroom facilities including leaking roofs.
We are proud to support the Succtoz Primary School with a Bathroom Rehabilitation Project, Feeding Program, Scholarship Fund and Sports Program. We also welcome and facilitate donations or volunteer works at the school so don’t hesitate to contact us to deepen your Belize experience by becoming involved in our social initiatives!
We are pleased to announce twenty-three year old Calvin Choco as our 2011-2013 Electrical Engineering scholarship recipient. Mr. Choco will obtain his first degree from Pen Foster’s Career School, where he will undergo training in the categories and classifications of electricity, conduit fittings and supports, residential, commercial as well as industrial electrical installation, heating and lighting practices, and conductor properties.
Mr. Choco, from Toledo’s quaint village of San Miguel, is currently an employee of Ka’ana’s Maintenance Department and has already obtained his first certificate from the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET). He has also been approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) under the Belize Electricity Act to hold his wire-man’s license. As Mr. Choco recanted his elation when he first received the news of being Ka’ana’s second scholarship recipient, he noted that he is anxious to learn the necessary skills needed to operate and “fix the modern gadgets of our new technologically advanced world”. Congratulations Calvin!
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Immerse yourself in the tropical paradise that is Belize, exploring remnants of the Maya – ancient cities and exhilarating caves – while becoming one with the rainforest and its inhabitants. More than a vacation, Belize is a state of being; a place where your senses come alive and you find yourself not just living, but savoring every moment.
Co-created with the region’s last Mayan Shaman and deeply inspired by the sacred natural surroundings of the Belizean land, rituals and traditions, this Holistic Healing Retreat will encourage you to explore how you can live in harmony as well as find balance within yourselves and with all life in your midst. Offering both Sunrise and Sunset sessions either on Ka’ana’s on-site Yoga Pavilion or on scenic settings, such as the Ball Court in the ancient Maya City of Xunantunich and the Banks of the Mopan River, the rich content woven through this comprehensive retreat will be embodied through the practice of yoga. The physical exploration of yoga poses (asana) in a flow-based approach will build over the natural arc of the retreat and will serve to clear excess stagnation and stress, creating the space for abundance, vitality and a deep sense of peace.
An early morning departure from Belize’s Twin Town of San Ignacio to Flores, El Petén’s Capital City, will have you at Tikal where you can explore one of the most impressive Maya Pyramids. The Temple Of The Jaguar is sure to be the highlight of your trip as its stone walls, standing at forty-seven metres, rise above the rainforest canopy and allow you a panoramic view of the surrounding expanse of growth. The haunting sounds of Howler Monkeys and sightings of other exotic wildlife will only add to this unparalleled experience. Contact us to customize your tour of Guatemala’s City of Echoes!
With summer around the corner, it’s easy to dream of distant destinations with sunnier climes. Escape to the tropical paradise that is Belize – Central America’s second smallest country and only English-speaking of the seven.
Featured in AquaViews Online Scuba Magazine’s article, Top 10 Summer Scuba Diving Destinations, Belize’s famous natural attractions – the Barrier Reef and the Blue Hole – lure people to its Cayes year after year. With azure warm waters lapping at its white-sand coastlines set on a backdrop of lush foliage, visitors are treated to stunning views as well as countless land and water activities.
As a Reservations Clerk and the first point of contact for prospective clients seeking an unforgettable Belize, as well as Ka’ana experience, I was compelled to discover what the Life Altering Experience with Rosario Panti was all about. Yes, I had read her biography and had heard stories about what she does – some intriguing, others unbelievable. I had also read that Mayan Healing is holistic healing, with full awareness that the body, emotions, environment, mind and spirit are all interconnected. Curious to know this mysterious woman’s healing ability I made an appointment with her.
During the first few minutes of the massage we were both quiet as her hands worked their way from my head to my toes. Some may find this massage intense, but I actually enjoyed it. She then broke the heavy silence by stating that I’ve taken great care of my body and that I should continue to do so. I extended her my gratitude and we both fell silent again. After a few minutes had passed she told me something about my personal life that piqued my interest since only three (3) other close relations know something so intimate. Even though I was taken aback, I smiled and awaited her further comments. It was at that point that I began to believe that this woman was indeed gifted and knew what she was doing. Throughout the remainder of the massage she complimented me on my good energy and health.
Having finished with the massage, she looked at her sastun as if though she could examine inside my body through it, after which she mentioned two important elements in my life that I was preoccupied with. It was as if she brought my feelings, my insecurities and my thoughts to life yet her words were very reassuring. Rosario genuinely made me see my life’s direction and purpose if I remain true to myself. In addition, the energy I felt after the massage was amazing! I would certainly recommend, without hesitation, a healing session with Rosario Panti to those who are looking for a truly life altering experience!
As a country with great ecological diversity and a famous destination for travelers, visitors are advised to venture beyond its beaches or islands to explore its natural heritage as Belize has a magical interior that shouldn’t be overlooked. With so much to do and see, a good start to your vacation planning is to get ideas of activities and destinations that appeal to you.
A true melting pot, Belize’s cultures and traditions compel you to travel inland to witness the many ethnicities which make up its population. Moreover, Belizean people are diverse, friendly and welcoming by nature; interact with them to experience aspects of their customs such as cuisine, dance and music.
As an ideal tropical paradise, experience both sides to the “Belizean Coin” – a splash of the Caribbean Sea and a taste of the Central American heat! A “Sand & Stone” vacation, offered by partner resorts, allows you to spend half your days on an island with the remainder inland.
Belize’s highlands mean lots of phenomenal cascades. In fact, the 1000 Foot Falls is the tallest in Central America. Refresh yourself in other impressive waterfalls such as Big Rock Falls, Five Sisters Falls and Rio On Pools – all in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.
Belize’s High Season begins with Winter in North America. Most of the time it’s challenging to find hotel accommodations so book your travel in advance. You can also book your vacation during the Low Season when prices are much lower and hotel accommodations are easy to find.
With one of the most extensive and fantastic cave systems, Belize’s Cayo District is riddled with underground passages. Be sure to set aside a day for the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave – sure to be the highlight of your vacation!
Dotted with ancient cities and ruins, visit Xunantunich – one of the most popular archaeological sites in the region; the panoramic view from “El Castillo”, the main structure, is definitely worth the trip!
Filled with national parks to explore and wildlife sanctuaries to peruse, you’re guaranteed to see exotic as well as native creatures.
Follow the annual La Ruta Maya River Challenge if you’re visiting during the first weekend in the month of March. It’s an exciting four-day cross-country canoe race which starts on the Macal River in the Twin Town of San Ignacio and ends on the Belize River in Belize’s Old Capital.
Many Belize hotels offer all-inclusive packages, often customizing them to suit your needs and enhance your stay! An inland luxury hotel or jungle resort for example, may have quiet, natural surroundings, nearby attractions as well as personal spas which offer seclusion from too many people.
Wander off the Beaten Path! However, be sure to tread carefully through natural sites to ensure Belize remains a jewel for locals and visitors alike.
Travel writing is a job that most people only dream about. Immerse yourself in the tropical paradise that is Belize, cooking with our Culinary Team of Artisans, exploring ancient Mayan caves as well as cities, and relaxing at an upscale resort – all while learning how to turn those unique experiences into travel articles!
After experiencing the wonderful natural attractions, guided by adventure specialists, that Belize as a destination has to offer, devote time at Ka’ana learning the nuts-and-bolts of travel writing. Become skilled at approaching editors, locating outlets for stories, uncovering grand ideas, writing salable articles and, of course, traveling the world for free! Thoughtful critiques of your work will assist you to whet your writing abilities and take you one step closer to being published. You’ll also have free time to interact with other writers over gourmet meals as well as to write under the shade of Belize’s lush rainforest.
Ka'ana was created for those who appreciate the elegant luxuries of a world class resort, yet yearn to experience new frontiers. Perfectly located in the midst of everything a Central American vacation could possibly offer, Ka'ana is a haven of understated luxury with a considered design style, distinguished culinary experiences and an extensive wine cellar, adjacent to pristine jungle. Experience a true luxury vacation, just steps from the many ancient Mayan ruins of Belize's jungle.