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The National Bird of Belize

The national bird of Belize is the keel-billed toucan, one of the world’s most recognizable and iconic avian species. The toucan has a largely black body with brilliant yellow chest feathers, but it is its oversize bill that makes it such a memorable bird. Toucans have large, curved bills in a brilliant spray of neon


Ancient Maya produced, stored and traded salt, according to study

On October 8, 2018, a paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that sheds new light on how the ancient Maya society of Belize fed its estimated one million people. By carefully examining an ancient salt works at the Paynes Creek region of southeastern Belize, researchers discovered that the ancient


Ancient Origins Highlights the Wonders of ATM Cave

On July 23, 2017, the popular history website Ancient Origins published an article about the mysterious Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave in Belize. Located deep in the jungle of Belize's western Cayo District, ATM Cave is a vast underground labyrinth that was once used for sacred Maya religious ceremonies including human sacrifices.


Where the Maya Performed Human Sacrifices

The unique geology of Belize includes a thick layer of limestone perfect for the creation of caves both small and large. Located far from the popular tourist attractions in the middle of thick jungle, Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave is one of the most interesting historical discoveries ever made in Belize. Abandoned before the arrival of Europeans, the cave lay undisturbed for more than a millennia until it was rediscovered in 1989.


Why You Must Visit Caves Branch Botanical Gardens

Anyone who has ever been to Belize knows that the raw beauty of nature and the thriving wildlife are two of the best reasons to visit the country. Established in 2008, the Caves Branch Botanical Garde


Things To Do In Belize…Besides Tropical Islands

With its abundance of golden sunshine, fantastic weather, and hundreds of miles of coastline along the Caribbean, it's no surprise that one of the most iconic attractions in Belize is its many picturesque tropical islands. But Belize has far more to offer than sea and sand; the country is home to enormous nature preserves, pristine jungles, labyrinthine caves, rainforests teeming with life, and some of the most impressive ancient Maya ruins ever discovered.




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