Ka’ana’s Adopt-A-School Program Summer Special, which invites you to effect change in Belize, has received great coverage from numerous online publications like Frommer’s, Hipster Travel Guide, In The Know Traveler and Sherman’s Travel. Its most recent exposure, dating on September 21, 2011, was in The Washington Times. Founded in 1982 and published by The Washington Times LLC, The Washington Times is one of the most-often-quoted newspapers in the U.S., thus reputed to be “America’s Newspaper.” The article “Book An $18 Night At Belize Resort And Send A Child To School“, written by inveterate traveler Andrea Poe, stresses the fact that US$18 “pays an entire year of a child’s school tuition.”
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We are proud to announce our partnership with Tara Tours Inc., an online source for personalized, quality and sensitive itineraries to Central and South America. Founded in 1980 by Daniel and Hermine Taramona, the company’s purpose is to bring its clientele well-rounded journeys through exotic countries. Belize, recently listed to their popular destinations, will continue adding flavor to the mix through its diverse attractions, namely archaeological sites, caves, coral reefs, and – of course – its eclectic people. Experience “The Best Of Belize” with Ka’ana and Tara Tours! For more information click here: Tara Tours Introduces New Belize Program.
Perhaps the only thing better than visiting a waterfall on a hot summer day, is visiting and having the entire place to yourselves. We think Big Rock Falls is one of the treasures of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve because if you don’t know where you’re going you could literally drive past it. Set at the bottom of a semi-steep hill, you’ll know you’re close when the rush of water becomes a roar. Today, we’re sharing images from past guests Whitney and William whose recent private tour to the Big Rock Falls has us falling in love with this site all over again.
Renowned for its plethora of bellowing waterfalls and natural pools, the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is home to one of the region’s most sought after cascades – Big Rock Falls.
After a scenic drive along the Cristo Rey Road en route to the Five Sisters Falls, a feeder road to the left leads you to a small clearing. Followed by a path downhill, the journey becomes steeper as the trail descends into the ridge, hinting at the view that awaits you. Fifteen minutes of carefree hiking later, the Privassion River comes into sight and the roaring sound of the fall resonates across the valley. An easy climb over the granite boulders along the banks of the river brings you to the base of the waterfall. The pristine water rushing over the forty-five-meter rocks and plummeting into the emerald green pool below is a breathtaking scene which provides a rush of excitement and caters to a refreshing swim.
Experience a departure from the traditional horseback riding tour when you visit the private ranch of the Santiago Juan family. Ride across an open pasture towards the bank of the Mopan River and be led by Luis, your personal guide and ranch hand. An exciting river crossing takes you off the beaten path and on an eye-opening ride that reveals a different, slower way of life.
Included in the tour is a stop at a yet-unexcavated Mayan site on the ranch. Luis will provide the history of the area while you dismount your horses and hike to the top of a Maya mound. From that vantage point, you will have a 360 degree view of the valleys and mountains as well as peek at the excavated Maya city of Xunantunich. This tour can be done in a half day or extended for a full day to include a private picnic and a first-hand view of the ranch-hands at work.
Book three nights in a luxury Balam or Casita and get your fourth night for only US$18.00, which will be donated to our Adopt-A-School Program. This $18.00 can pay for a local Belizean child to attend school for a full year.
Ka’ana has committed to supporting the following programs at Succotz Primary School: Bathroom Rehabilitation Project, Nutritional Meals Program, Scholarship Fund and Sports Program.
We also welcome and facilitate donations for playground equipment, purchasing of computers and the refurbishment of classrooms or volunteer work at the school.
Offer Valid For Travel Between May 1st & November 15th.
Did you know that Kate Middleton stayed at The Goring Hotel on her last night as a bachelorette? Of course you did!
The Goring was opened in March of 1910 by O.R. Goring, the great-grandfather of the current owner. According to Jeremy Goring, its current owner, it is ideally located in Belgravia, adjacent to Buckingham Palace and on the doorstep of all the best London has to offer.
Now, you’re probably wondering what Ka’ana Boutique Resort and The Goring Hotel share in common. Well, they’re both five star hotels and proud members of Small Luxury Hotels Of The World – an exclusive and unsurpassed selection of over five hundred (500) fine yet independent luxury properties, unique in character as well as charm, in more than seventy (70) countries worldwide.
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!
On April 2011, Ka’ana Boutique Resort was featured in the Washingtonian Magazine – a monthly consumer magazine which publishes articles on a wide array of issues including travel. In addition to being highlighted in the round-up story, Spring Breaks, a brief description of the resort was included under the sub-heading, Mayan Healing. The write-up also mentions that guests can “tap into the local culture and history” of Belize “without sacrificing comfort” at Ka’ana. Finally, details of the resort’s Washingtonian reader-exclusive package were also noted within the overview.
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!