Cahal Pech Maya Ruins in San Ignacio, Belize

Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2016

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Now perched on the highest hill overlooking San Ignacio Town, the Maya ruins of Cahal Pech were originally built as an enclave for the elite. Located in a gorgeous natural setting and surrounded by tropical birds and colorful jungle fauna, Cahal Pech is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Belize. An informative museum on the grounds gives visitors an introduction to the hilltop city and features a dazzling collection of artifacts found at the site.

Layout of Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

Today, archeologists have excavated a total of 34 structures in Cahal Pech in an area measuring just over two acres in size. The “downtown” portion of Cahal Pech includes several temple pyramids, residence buildings, and seven impressive courtyards. The tallest structure on the site is a temple that measures 77 feet high. Other attractions at Cahal Pech include a ceremonial altar, five historical stelae, and two ball courts.

History of Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

Archeologists estimate that Cahal Pech was first founded around 1,000 years Before the Common Era. During the Classic Period (300-800 of the Common Era) of the Maya civilization, most of the surviving buildings, including the largest temples and palaces, were constructed during this time. Around the year 800, the citizens of Cahal Pech abandoned the city for unknown reasons, particularly mysterious because nearby Maya sites in Belize continued to be thriving population centers for several more centuries.

Although the original name for the site is lost to history, today it is called Cahal Pech, a combination Yucatan/Mopan Maya term meaning “place of the ticks”. This was the name local cattle farmers in the 1950s gave to the area.

Cahal Pech Maya Ruins Tour Information

Visitors to Cahal Pech are encourage to wear comfortable, loose, lightweight clothing and proper shoes. Long pants are recommended over shorts as they will help give additional protection from insects. All visitors are encouraged to bring plenty of drinking water, and fair-skinned individuals are recommended to make ample use of sunscreen and hats.

The Cahal Pech Visitor’s Center is open Monday through Sunday, and contains a reconstructed model of the entire site.

Chabil Mar in Placencia & Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

The award-winning Chabil Mar resort on the Placencia Peninsula offers its guests organized tours and vacation packages that include a visit to Cahal Pech. Guests can choose to include a tour of Cahal Pech as part of the resort’s popular Belize Reef and Jungle vacation package.

For more information about things to see and do in Belize, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Leisure Pro, an online scuba diving magazine features Belize as a diving haven

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016

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In its November edition, Leisure Pro magazine printed an article promoting the “Caribbean Paradise” of Belize as an excellent diving haven. Leisure Pro highlighted the fact that Belize is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, an ideal location that every diver should have on their to-do list.

The Belize Barrier Reef is a thriving ecosystem home to dozens of species of coral that provide shelter and feeding grounds for a cornucopia of marine life, including hundreds of species of fish, three species of saltwater turtles, dolphins, rays, seahorses, manatees, whale sharks, and jellyfish. Large stands of seagrasses, anemones, and starfish make reef diving in Belize an exploration of an underwater world exploding with color.

The Leisure Pro article also made special mention of the Turneffe Islands. Located beyond the Belize Barrier Reef, these islands measure 30 miles by 10 miles. Although the islands are home to thick stands of mangrove trees that attract anglers for their abundant fishing opportunities, Leisure Pro magazine recommended that divers explore the waters off of the southern tip of the islands.

Another popular diving destination recommended by Leisure Pro magazine include Glover’s Reef and Lighthouse Reef. Although Lighthouse Reef is one of the smallest islands offshore of Belize, it is home to the Belize Blue Hole, a nearly perfectly circular body of deep azure water that was rated by famed marine biologist Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 diving spots on the planet. Divers can descend more than 400 feet as they explore a series of underwater canyons created at the end of the last Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago.

One of the reasons why Belize has recently become one of the hottest vacation destinations for scuba diving enthusiasts is that Belize is the only country in the region where English is the official language. Belize is also blessed by year-round air temperatures that rarely exceed the mid-80s Fahrenheit or sink below the low 70s, making the weather and water ideal for scuba diving no matter when you choose to visit.

Located on the sunny sands of Placencia Peninsula just a few miles from the best spots on the Belize Barrier Reef for scuba diving, the luxury resort of Chabil Mar features  elegantly-appointed villas, a gourmet restaurant, and a full range of modern conveniences. Chabil Mar offers its guests comprehensive scuba diving and snorkeling packages to all of the best spots along the reef, including the Turneffe Atoll, the Belize Blue Hole, and trips to Gladden Spit Marine Reserve to swim with whale sharks.

Visit our website www.chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.

The Baca Academy Helps Placencia Youth and the Community

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016

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Today on the blog, we’re taking a moment to focus on the Baca Academy. One of Chabil Mar’s esteemed staff, Luis Torres, has been passionate about the Baca Academy for years, a local school that works to improve the lives of children in the villages of Placencia and Independence near the resort.

Luis Torres, beyond his outstanding abilities as a proud member of the Chabil Mar staff, has been a member of the Belize national soccer team for the last seven years. Luis has traveled around the world, visiting 11 different countries while representing Belize during soccer tournaments, guiding both youth and men’s teams.

Luis graduated high school in Independence in 2005 and later Independence Junior College in 2009, earning an Associate Degree in Tourism Hospitality and Business Management. Luis helped lead his schools to three national championships, twice with his high school and once while playing with Independence Junior College. The pinnacle of his career came in 2013 when he played for Belize’s national team during their competition in the CONCAF Gold Cup in the United States. In 2016, Luis was declared the Most Valuable Player for the regular season.

baca-academy-group-photoLuis has spent the past three years working full-time at Chabil Mar as a waiter and bartender. With a generous spirit and an infectious smile, Luis has shared his passion for the game of soccer with youths from the nearby villages of Placencia and Independence, helping instill an appreciation of the benefits of hard work, dedication, sportsmanship, and team values.

Luis believes that team sports like soccer play a positive role in the community, improving the health and welfare of young people in the area. Luis also admires soccer for its unifying ability, bringing large groups of people together to enjoy the athleticism and drive of the younger players. Luis has dedicated significant amounts of his time and energy working with the Baca Academy to help youngsters realize the many benefits of participating in team sports like soccer.

Although Luis and the players lack nothing when it comes to enthusiasm, the Baca Academy has struggled to provide the equipment and gear needed to help the kids properly train and participate in league matches. Baca Academy has suffered from a shortage of spare soccer balls, training cones, soccer shoes, and other equipment, which is why Luis came to us, asking if we would help spread the word.

Anyone who is interested in sponsoring or assisting the Baca Academy in purchasing equipment and supplies can contact Luis at this email address: princebacatorres@yahoo.com.

The Belize International Yoga Festival

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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The ROM (Rhythm of Change) Om Shanti, Belize is proud to announce that it will host the country’s first international yoga festival. Starting on December 31, 2016, at 6:00 AM at the Harbour View Greens located at 12 Fort Street in Belize City, the First International Yoga Festival will feature a variety of classes, workshops, and healing service to close out the year in holistic style.

As the last day of the year draws to a close, participants can enjoy the unique sounds of MC Yogi, a DJ and peace-builder who will guide participants into the early hours of the New Year with music, yoga myths, mantra, and magic. The International Yoga Festival will feature yoga classes throughout the day on New Year’s Eve, including Hatha, Ashtanga, Restorative, Vipassana, Yoga Nidra, AcroYoga, Partner Yoga, and special sessions for children. Holistic healing services will also be conducted, and a wide variety of natural products will be on sale during the event.

The Belize International Yoga Festival is the first of its kind in the country. All proceeds will go towards ROC Om Shanti Belize, a non-profit organization dedicating to using innovative approaches, including yoga, meditation, and wellness to furthering peace, love, and harmonious relationships. The International Yoga Festival is a great way to avoid the crowds, excessiveness, and turbulent energy of other celebrations. The Belize International Yoga Festival is dedicated to creating a relaxing, clean, and uplifting event to sow the seeds of positive change in Belize.

Special guest star MC Yogi has served as an ambassador for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Present at the Belize International Yoga Festival will be international journalists from around the world, including The Yoga Frequency which has covered yoga events in India, Europe, and the United States.

Tickets are available at ROC Om Shanti‘s website. For children under 12, there is free admittance to the festival. For adults, the all-access pass is $175 or attendees can choose to attend the MC Yogi workshop separately for $100 and the MC Yogi Concert for $100. Sponsorships for this unique and special event are also available.

Once you’ve refreshed your mind, body, and spirit at the International Yoga Festival, you can head down to the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula to enjoy the unique beauty of southern Belize. The multiple award-winning resort of Chabil Mar is the perfect place to relax in a beautiful tropical oasis and enjoy popular activities like snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving or sample the fresh, organic dishes served up at the resort’s gourmet restaurant.

Visit our website www.chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.

 

The Destination Belize App Now Available for Android and iOS

Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

destinations-belizeAs a rising star in the world of affordable and exciting vacation adventure destinations, Belize has been working hard to promote the amazing people, landscapes, and top attractions in the country. In 1995, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), the country’s largest association of businesses working in the tourism sector, partnered with the government’s Belize Tourism Board and several other departments to design, print, and distribute Destination Belize, the country’s premiere tourism magazine.

As times have changed, Destination Belize transformed from a solely-printed glossy magazine to one of the most beautiful and popular websites in the world to find information, prices, photos, and availability of all of the top accommodations, tours, and vacation destinations in Belize. Now a property of McNab Publishing, the Destination Belize brand has become the premiere name in promoting tourism in Belize.

As part of the partnership’s ever-evolving commitment to encourage tourists worldwide to visit Belize and enjoy the country’s spectacularly beautiful landscape, rich cultural heritage, and exciting destinations, Destination Belize has now created its own app. Elegantly configured to work on both tablets and smartphones, the new app is a dynamic 21st-century companion to the flagship magazine.

The all-new Destination Belize app will give visitors all of the information, photos, and articles of their favorite publication right on their smartphone or mobile device. The app is completely free to download and use, opening up the beautiful nation of Belize for visitors from around the world. With the official backing of both the government of Belize and the leading association of private sector tourism stakeholders, the new Destination App is the only app tourists will need to plan and enjoy a world-class vacation in Belize.

The Destination Belize app will allow users to view photos, check availability, and make reservations at all of the top hotels, lodges, and resorts in the country, including the beautiful Chabil Mar resort on the Placencia Peninsula.

The all-new Destination Belize app is now available in both the Google Play and Apple stores. Feel free to download and share!

Visit our website www.chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.