Dotted with ancient Mayan caves and cities, azure waters, exotic wildlife, largest barrier reef, lush rainforests, melting pot of cultures, as well as palm-fringed, white-sand coastlines – Belize in a nutshell.
Adventurers, beach and history lovers – they all head to Belize, a small yet diverse Central American country sandwiched between captivating jungles and the Caribbean Sea. Listed as one of the top ten hottest destinations in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine, its attractions lure tourists year after year to discover and experience this truly spectacular destination!
Being an extrovert by nature and an enigma by choice, I’m an individual who holds firm to very conservative beliefs. Akin to those traits I believe in the existence of one Supreme Being who governs all things on Earth and who ultimately guides our destiny. Having gotten the opportunity to meet with Rosario Panti, Belize’s Last Mayan Shaman I have to admit that it was only my incredulous curiosity that had urged me to do so. I was a true skeptic of her insight and “healing” prowess – until I experienced it firsthand.
As skeptical as I was, I laid there on a comfortable massage table at Ka’ana Boutique Resort’s Personal Spa and didn’t utter a word as Rosario began our session. After twenty minutes or so of an intense deep tissue massage to detoxify and release incensed energy, she told me that I carried something in my heart that is affecting my happiness; I was intrigued and had asked her to speak more of it. Rosario then blew me away with her insight into feelings I thought were tucked away too deeply for anyone but myself to ever discover. I laid there trembling with sweaty palms and cold feet as she reiterated what she saw in her sastun- the means of divination and spiritual power for the Mayan H’mens since ancient times. It was at that point that I became convinced that my most hidden inner feelings had suddenly been publicized.
During the latter half of that massage I listened keenly as she told me of health issues, remedies, and other methods I needed to undergo to ensure that I remain a self-composed and well-rounded individual, while impacting the lives of those around me. Having completed that treatment, I have to admit that Rosario has a very special gift, one that intrigues me but yet terrifies me! I can now testify that Rosario does possess the ability to capture human energy and dissect its components to have individuals gain a better knowledge of their lives. Rosario is a spiritually gifted woman.
Hidden in the heart of the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and deep within the jungle, discover one of the most impressive caves – Actun Tunichil Muknal. After an exciting drive, trek for 45 minutes along with your guide through densely-vegetated trails teeming with flora and fauna, and wade across stream beds – all on your hike to this alluring spelunk. Upon arrival you will be outfitted with the necessary equipment in preparation for the journey that awaits you. Its hourglass-shaped entrance beckons you to travel back in time and unveil the mysteries and secrets of the Mayan Underworld. Witness Burial Chambers and Sacrificial Caverns with calcified remains, ceremonial vessels and other artifacts these esoteric ancients left near the end of their empire. Spend approximately 3 hours in this truly spectacular cave which exposes visitors to a natural museum where culture, geology and history merge to form an unrivaled Adventure Trek which many refer to as the highlight of their Belize experience!
A haven of understated luxury, considered design style, distinguished culinary experiences and an extensive wine cellar adjacent to pristine jungle – Ka’ana Boutique Resort & Spa: Authentic, Personal, Unique.
Immerse yourself in Belize – Caribbean and Central American at once – a tropical paradise nestled between the Caribbean Sea at its East, Guatemala at its South and West, as well as Mexico at its North. Its westernmost region, the Cayo District, is the epicenter of inland touring. There are countless adventures you can partake in – some easy, others energetic, but all memorable.
Drive to the village of San Antonio and partake in ceramic pot-making with the Women’s Group to experience the local culture of the region.
Hike through tropical trails and wade across shallow, jungle-lined rivers to cave tube. Float along cool waters illuminated by headlamps, gently pushed by a current. Plunge into the darkness while listening to the sounds of bubbling rapids and cascading waterfalls.
Soar through the subtropical jungle canopy – a thrilling adventure. Zip Lining allows you to gain a bird’s eye view of the lush rainforest below.
Trek through the rainforest to Actun Tunichil Muknal and Crystal Caves – two of the most exhilarating caves in the greater region. View artifacts such as ceremonial stoneware and vessels; burial chambers and sacrificial caverns with calcified remains including the skeletal remnants of the Crystal Maiden – one of the youngest victims to be sacrificed.
Visit the most legendary Maya Ruins in the region – Cahal Pech, Caracol and Xunantunich – the former in the Twin Town of San Ignacio, the centermost in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, the latter in the Village of San Jose Succotz. Stop at the Rio On Pools after your trip to Caracol to refresh and relax after a long day of exploring.
Travel across the border to climb Tikal – the most prominent archaeological park in Guatemala where you can also Zip Line through the jungle canopy while listening to the haunting sounds of Howler Monkeys.
The above mentioned are only a few of the exciting activities and tours that Belize as a destination has to offer to the adventure enthusiast so contact us to customize your Belize experience!
Considered to be the heartland of the Maya, Belize boasts a rich cultural heritage of ancient Maya cities, nestled in lush tropical scenery, for couples contemplating a destination wedding.
Overlooking the jungle-lined Mopan River, Xunantunich – a legendary archaeological site accessed only after a short crossing on one of the last hand-cranked chain ferries in the quiet village of San Jose Succotz – is an impressive and unique ruin. As the remnants of a civilization that once was, this temple provides intricately carved friezes which add a distinctive decorative touch to your ceremony.
On February 12, 2011, immerse yourself in world-class luxury. Enjoy an afternoon of adventure horseback riding; an evening of fine moonlight dining prepared by our Culinary Team of Artisans, and classical entertainment by Carlos Perote. Then, escape for the night into one of our Casitas or Balam rooms.
We are proud to announce the release of our new Archaeology Package with Belize’s premier jungle lodge in the Orange Walk District. Situated on the banks of a 28 mile long spring-fed lagoon, the Lamanai Outpost Lodge is set amid the remnants of one of the region’s most famous archaeology sites. Tour inland Belize and explore two legendary Maya Cities – Lamanai in the north (Orange Walk) and Xunantunich in the west (Cayo) – or trek through diverse habitats in the jungle while listening to the haunting sounds of Howler Monkeys.
We’re constantly reminded that a little goes a long way and this note from the lovely residents of the Octavia Waight Centre did exactly that. Short and simple, yet profound in its ability to make us feel like we’re a part of something much bigger than ourselves. The home currently serves twenty-five elders with accompaniment, food as well as shelter, striving to keep them active and healthy. Their mission is to empower their residents by providing services and an enabling environment to achieve aging with dignity. To carry out this mission, therefore, they rely on the generous assistance of community foundations and members. If you’re interested in supporting this worthy cause feel free to contact us for ideas and facilitation.
Explorer Diane Dreyfus highlights her visit to the epicenter of inland touring – Belize’s Cayo District. From grazing pastures to the diverse and friendly people, she depicts her journey to two of the most legendary Maya Ruins in the region – Cahal Pech and Xunantunich – the former in the residential Twin Town of San Ignacio, the latter in the quiet Village of San Jose Succotz.