San Ignacio – The western frontier

Many years ago, the first time we crossed the Hawkesworth suspension bridge (built 1949) approaching San Ignacio, we felt a little like John Wayne ridin’ into Dodge City. It had the look and feel of a real western frontier. There’s the old, colonial-style police station on the left and to the right, down the main street, it seemed as though everyone was staring at us. But the stares turned to smiles, and from that time on, the town just grew on us. Continue reading “San Ignacio – The western frontier” »

Programme for Belize – A visit to the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area

With its recent foray into the ecotourism industry, Programme for Belize (PfB) invites tourists to visit and view first-hand, the efforts of conservation and research in action. Committed naturalists won’t want to miss a visit to the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA), in the northern district of Orange Walk. Since 1988, PfB, a non-profit organization, has been operating as a center for environmental education and conservation, and research of sustainable agricultural projects. March 1998 marks the organization’s tenth anniversary. Continue reading “Programme for Belize – A visit to the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area” »

Chechem Hah – Maya pottery cave

Atop the Vaca Plateau in the Cayo District, rests a small subsistence farm belonging to the Moralez family, who only recently discovered a cave on their property while hunting with their dogs. You can imagine their amazement when, upon later exploring the cave, they found over sixty intact Maya jars and other pottery that have remained undisturbed since the cave was abandoned around 900 A.D. Continue reading “Chechem Hah – Maya pottery cave” »

The Cayo District – Paradise in Western Belize

Belize is well known for its barrier reef, and as a diving–beach–fishing holiday destination. Yet, few people realize that mainland Belize offers a vast array of natural habitats, from lagoon, marsh and savannah, to jungle and rainforest…each being home to myriad species of birds and wildlife, as well as human cultures. Eventually, as weary divers ventured inland for a brief change of scenery, tourism discovered this remarkable experience, and now the Cayo District has rapidly become one of the country’s most popular destinations. Continue reading “The Cayo District – Paradise in Western Belize” »

Chechem Hah – Maya pottery cave

Atop the Vaca Plateau in the Cayo District, rests a small subsistence farm belonging to the Moralez family, who only recently discovered a cave on their property while hunting with their dogs. You can imagine their amazement when, upon later exploring the cave, they found over sixty intact Maya jars and other pottery that have remained undisturbed since the cave was abandoned around 900 A.D. Continue reading “Chechem Hah – Maya pottery cave” »