These aren't the myths you're thinking. This humorous article from the Huffington Post dispels some travel based myths. Belize isn't an island, has great Mayan ruins, like Caracol pictured above, and surely isn't boring. Where'd they come up with those myths, anyways? Xunantunich and Chaa Creek are both given as myth busting examples, and they even have a funny video of Xunantunich, and of course they don't quite get the pronunciation correct.
"There is a unique pocket in the world that buzzes with warmth, inner peace and joy. The people are peaceful, with a quiet confidence emanating from their eyes. They smile broadly, and are filled with energetic laughter, friendly gazes and cozy hugs. Welcome to Belize...
So scrap your preconceived ideas of this petite little country, smushed between Guatemala, Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Although part of Central America, both geographically and politically, it refuses to be part of its neighbors to the left. Rather, Belize celebrates a diverse culture; in fact, they're known as the Central American melting pot.'
BELIZE has long been a country of immigrants. British timber-cutters imported African slaves in the 18th century, and in the 1840s Mexican Mayans fled a civil war.
Belize has a much higher Human Development Index ranking that its Central American neighbors such as Guatemala. That fact alone makes Belize a likely destination for migrants. Given that Belize was 'British Honduras' during colonial times, English is (still) the official language, but that is changing as increasingly Spanish-speaking immigrants are changing the cultural profile of Belize.
Among calendars developed on the basis of integer arithmetic, it is arguable that the Mayan calendar is perhaps the most complicated one that has ever existed. There are a myriad of ways, probably as many as seventeen, ...
Belize is filled with ancient Maya ruins worth exploring. Lamanai, or submerged crocodile, is one of the largest and most interesting sites.
"...Nearly every travel magazine and media outlet has included Belize in their round up of “must visit” destinations for 2012, mainly because the end of the Maya calendar takes place on December 21. And the recent visit by Prince Harry certainly did wonders for putting Belize on even more travelers’ radars..."
While Belize has been on many lists lately, from Trip Advisor, to Lonely Planet, to Fodor's, this week, a couple of great articles about Belize were published. The first, entitled Five Reasons to Love Belize, discusses the mysteriousness of Caves Branch and the wildlife at the Belize Zoo, and its Tropical Education Center. http://www.wheretostay.com/blog/Five-Reasons-To-Love-Belize/277
The second, entitled Top Best Places to Visit in Belize, deserves the blatant redundancy in its title because Cayo is listed first. Cayo's Larry Waight wrote the piece for the Huffington Post, and he gave a long list of prime destinations.
"San Ignacio Town is the main town in the Cayo District of western Belize and is an ideal base to explore ancient Maya cities like Caracol and Xunantunich, ceremonial caves like Barton Creek and Actun Tunichil Muknal, and cascading water falls like Rio on Pools and Big Rock waterfalls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Reserve. Hiking, kayaking, bird watching and horseback riding are also top rated outdoor activities in the area."
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