Although Belize is best known for its gorgeous beaches, lush rainforests, majestic waterfalls, and world-class snorkeling and diving on the Belize Barrier Reef, one of the most ubiquitously Belizean experiments is the unique sport or adventure option known as cave tubing.
The geology of Belize has created thousands of caves, many of which were used as sacred ceremonial sites by the ancient Maya that once ruled the country in the long centuries before the arrival of Europeans. The ancient Maya believed that the natural limestone formations of caves were sacred nexuses that connected the upper world of humans with the underworld of the gods.
Some of the caves in Belize are home to underground creeks and rivers. Cave tubing is the uniquely Belizean sport of floating on inner tubes through a series of subterranean labyrinths, many of them still containing artifacts, weapons, pottery, and even skeletons of the humans who were sacrificed by ancient Maya priests.
Although cave tubing is a very safe sport, transitioning from the bright saturation of jungle foliage to the inky darkness of a cave can be quite daunting to some visitors. Some of the enormous mineral formations inside the cave have not seen light for centuries, reflecting strange and eerie flashes in the light of a head torch or flashlight. Experienced guides ensure that participants can safely enjoy the experience while offering educational insights about the geology and long history of the caves.
Cave tubing is often marketed as a sport or adventure experience, but many participants find it has a meditative or deeply spiritual effect. Gently floating down a stream or river on an inner tube, passing from the world of light and noise into a world of utter darkness, silence, and enormous monolithic structures that go on for miles before once again returning to the light of day leaves many participants with a sensation of being reborn.
Because the ideal rivers for cave tubing are located deep in the jungle, many participants enjoy combining cave tubing with other complementary activities including zip lining through the canopy or spelunking one of the many sacred caves in the country, including ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) Cave that still hosts the complete skeletons of young children sacrificed to Maya gods more than 1,000 years ago.
Chabil Mar resort located on the Placencia Peninsula offers guests Belize jungle and sea packages that include cave tubing, zip lining, and other exciting activities.
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Chabil Mar is perfectly positioned just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village in southern Belize. With luxurious villas, a lush tropical garden, and a gourmet restaurant featuring open-air dining on the resort’s seafront pier, Chabil Mar means “Beautiful Sea” in the local Maya dialect. Honeymooners receive special treatment at Chabil Mar with a full range of romantic options, including champagne, candlelit dinners under the stars, couples massages, and concierge services.
Chabil Mar and the Placencia Peninsula is the gateway to the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that splits into seven different marine reserves and national parks. Home to world-class diving, snorkeling, fishing, and sailing, the Belize Barrier Reef is part of the second-largest barrier reef system in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Although constituting just 4% of the ocean, coral reefs are home to 25% of all the marine species in the world, making the offshore waters of Belize an enormous living aquarium.
Honeymooners can also choose from a wide range of exciting activities on the mainland including zip lining through the jungle canopy, horseback riding through pristine rainforests teeming with wildlife, picnicking at cascading waterfalls, and boat expeditions up the well-named Monkey River. The trackless wilderness of the nearby Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve is home to thousands of flowering plants (including orchids, the national flower of Belize) and exotic wildlife like jaguars.
Other unique experiences for honeymooners to enjoy on the mainland include cave tubing (floating on an inner tube through a series of caves), exploring vast ancient Maya cities like Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, and visiting the site ranked by the Discovery Channel as the number one sacred cave in the world, Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave.
Chabil Mar is a perennial TripAdvisor favorite and the ideal resort for honeymooners to enjoy all the best that Belize has to offer. Indeed, GQ Magazine recently touted Chabil Mar as the ideal Belize honeymoon resort, stating that “no one would blame you for holing up” with their new spouse at the resort.
Belizean culture and cuisine showcases a mixture of many regional traditions and food habits, with major influences from Mexican, Caribbean, and Mayan culinary methods. It seems the locals have adapted food and cooking techniques from many early settlers, including the cuisines of Spanish and African too. It can be hard to find a truly distinctive Belizean cuisine. However, the country surely offers a delightful culinary journey for all those who come here to enjoy some regional delicacies.
If you are looking forward to try some authentic Belizean flavors, then here are the top ten things to eat in Belize.
1. Chimole or Black Dinner
Chirmole which is also know as “Black Dinner” is a tasty black colored soup with roots in Maya and Mestizo cultures and is enjoyed throughout Belize. (Photo by www.belizenewspost.com)
The Sere is a fish soup that consists of plantains, cassava, coconut milk and fry fish.
3. Rice and Beans
The Belizean Rice and beans is considered a creole dish and has been described as the “
Belizean tamales are are a traditional Maya and Mestizo food and unlike the typical Mexican tamale, Belizean tamales are not wrapped in corn husks but are instead wrapped in plantain leaves. (Photo by Wikipedia)
Belizean salbutes are deep fried and are topped with chopped cabbage, chicken, tomato, onion, (sometimes avocado), and Marie Sharp pepper. (Photo by Trip Advisor)
Belizean panades are like empanadas which are filled with either fish or red or black beans and is served with cabbage, onion and pepper salsa. ( Photo by: http://evetravels.wordpress.com/).
7.) Boil Up
Boil Up is a national dish in Belize and consists of boiled vegetables, egg, fish and bread dumpling (boiled dough). Hence its name. (Photo by Wikipedia).
Pibil is a traditional Belizean cuisine of Maya origin. ( Photo by http://www.kaanabelize.com)
9. Cow Foot Soup
Cow Foot Soup is made from cowfeet that is simmered and slow cooked to render a thick soup along with black pepper, cilantro, carrots, onions, okra, and potatoes and is served with either corn tortillas or white rice and can be accompanied with onion and habanero pepper sauce. ( Photo by Trip Advisor)
10. Tamalitos or Ducunu
Tamalitos are tasty mini tamales that are made of corn and are a traditional Mestizo food.
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Summer is right around the corner and many travelers the world over have started to plan their summer getaway. With beautiful attractions like the great Blue Hole, Maya temple sites like Caracol and Xunantunich, sumptuous Belizean meals like tamales and rice and beans, and the upcoming Lobsterfest in Placencia, Belize is a great ecotourism destination to visit this summer.
Here are seven reasons why you have to travel to Belize this summer:
The Belize Weather
The average yearly temperature is 84° F (29°C), which means that it is pretty much near perfect to be in Belize this summer. In addition the intact jungle and rain forests provide relief in the hot summer months.
Belize is the only English Speaking Country in Central America
Belize is a diverse society with many cultures and languages (Creole and Spanish are widely spoken) however English is the official language, making it easy for travelers to get around.
Belize is a nature lovers paradise
Belize has some of the most intriguing and fascinating wildlife in Central America. In fact 40 percent of the land is classified as protected and is habitat to a variety of species of plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine life.
Belize is the epicenter of the ancient Maya world
Archaeologists estimate that more than one million Maya lived in present day Belize and flourished during the Classic Period from 300 to 900 AD. Maya temple sites like Caracol, Xunantunich, Altun Ha, Cahal Pech and Lamanai are just a few of the spectacular sites that can be discovered in Belize this summer.
Belize is home to the world renowned Blue Hole
The gigantic underwater Blue Hole off the coast of Belize is believed to be the world’s largest hole measuring 1000 ft across and 412 ft deep. It offers divers a great opportunity to see geological wonders like giant stalactites, dripstone sheets and amazing marine life such as nurse sharks, groupers and a vast array of fishes and Caribbean sharks.
The Blue Hole was made famous in 1971 by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the French Explorer in the television series – The Undersea world of Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Belize has one of the most intricate cave systems in Central America
Caves were used extensively by the ancient Maya to conduct their sacred rituals and ceremonies and today a plethora of impressive caves can be discovered throughout Belize. The Chiquibul Cave System for example is nearly 540,000 square foot long and is the longest in Central America and offers a treasure trove of geological and archaeological wonders.
Some of the top caves to explore are: Actun Tunichil Muknal, Barton Creek Cave and Caves Branch and the Chiquibul Cave System.
Belizean food is tasty and succulent
The food in Belize is as diverse as its population and consists of a vast array of elements from the different ethnic groups like the Garifuna, Maya, Mestizo, East Indian and Creole. Some of the top must eats in Belize this summer are: Rice and Beans, Fry Jacks, Johnny Cakes, Stew Chicken, Gibnut, Escabeche, Tamales, Hudut, and Fish Sere.
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Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning resort located on the sunny shores of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize. With a lush tropical garden, luxuriously equipped villas, and a gourmet restaurant on site, Chabil Mar is the ideal resort for your family to enjoy an unforgettably fabulous summer vacation in Belize.
Chabil Mar is located right on the Caribbean coast just steps from the sea. The Placencia Peninsula is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Belize Barrier Reef located just a few miles offshore. Home to no fewer than seven national parks and marine reserves, the Belize Barrier Reef is famous for its clear waters, bright sandy seafloor, and teeming abundance of colorful marine flora and fauna. Popular activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family include swimming, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and playing castaway for a day on one of the many picturesque islands.
A perennial TripAdvisor favorite, Chabil Mar is also strategically located close to some of the top destinations on the mainland. Guests can partake in activities like a boat expedition up the Monkey River in search of native primates with one of the loudest animal calls in the world or hike through the lush beauty of the vast Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, home to hundreds of flowering plants, colorful birds, and all five of Central America’s last remaining big cat species.
Other popular activities for the family to enjoy on the mainland include zip lining (sailing through the jungle canopy up to 3 miles on a series of wires), the world-famous cave tubing (floating on an inner tube through a series of caves), mountain climbing and rappelling, picnicking at the base of a waterfall, or visiting an animal sanctuary.
The ancient Maya that once dominated the continent with a vast empire stretching from Mexico to El Salvador had their base in Belize. With more ancient Maya ruins than anywhere else, Belize is the perfect place for the entire family to learn about history while going hands on exploring soaring temples, magnificent pyramids, and ball courts that once entertained thousands of spectators. The Maya also used the caves in Belize to perform some of their most sacred rites, including offering up human sacrifices.
Whether you’re traveling with young ones, teenagers, or a mix of both, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in Belize. For an unforgettable summer vacation that the whole family will love, book your trip to Belize today.
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