A Glimpse on Belize
Our tours will take you to Belize, a tiny
English-speaking tropical Central American nation
with a democratic tradition. It is only 23,300 square
kilometers, but it comprises a rich mixture of peoples
Out of its 210,000 inhabitants Black Creoles make up
the largest ethnic group. There are also people of English
and Spanish descent, 10% of the population are Maya
Indians. Belize's cultural diversity includes German-Swiss
Mennonite farmers or Garifunas, mostly fishermen living
on the coast. It is not uncommon to find expatriates
from a number of different Western countries who have
settled in Belize and merchants of Chineese, Lebaneese
and Indian origin.
region was a logging area with little interest
for its Spanish conquerors. During the XVII century
it became a haven for English pirates whose business
flourished behind the protection of the barrier
reef and the absence of effective colonial administration.
However, as the English Crown became interested in gaining
new territories overseas its activities in the Caribbean
became more important. Although on maps the territory
appeared as part of a Spanish Colony, this didn’t
stop His Majesty’s forces from defeating the Spanish
Armada in 1798 off the Belize Cayes. The Belizeans celebrated
their freedom from Spanish Rule. The territory was later
declared a British Colony and continued to be officially
known as British Honduras until its independence on September
21st, 1981, when the independent nation of Belize was
Belize is a tropical lowland.
Its climate is humid and hot. However, the diversity
you may experience in Belize is not easy to find
Its swamps and jungles, full of amazing
biodiversity, the largest cave system in the entire
planet, its unique underwater systems are all delightful
stops for adventurers in this land! Its rivers, which
sometime turn into pristine waterfalls, and its mountains
are dotted with archaeological sites that reveal a long-term
occupation by the Maya Civilization. Belize is known
mostly by the beauty of its Caribbean cayes or islands.
East of these islands lays the second longest Barrier
Reef in the world, with an amazing underwater park for
snorkellers and scuba divers.
Its national parks and protected
areas are well kept and preserved. These are considered
valuable resources for their tourism-based economy.
Be prepared to pay BZ$ 7.50 as you leave the country:
a protected areas tax, but rest assured these guys are
putting their money where their mouths are regarding
conservation of land and marine environments.
Belize is being
discovered by ecotourists and adventurers as a
wonderful and diverse destination: filled with
lively, colorful and rich experiences.
You may enjoy an adventure in Belize
or combine your itinerary with nearby highlights in
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