Belize is located in the heart of the Mundo Maya (Mayan World). There are remnants of this vast civilization throughout the country, including evidence of as many as 27 trading and residential settlements on Ambergris Caye. The Mayas were great builders, astronomers and mathematicians. The Mayas originated the concept of “zero” and created remarkably accurate calendars.
December 21, 2012 marks the last day of the Mayan Calendar “Long Count”. Depending on your point of view, this means the beginning of something new, the end of something old ….. or maybe just some unfinished business as the cartoon below suggests.
Whatever the more esoteric meaning behind the completion of this Long Count, we can say for sure that it has created a wave of travel to Belize. There will be all-night vigils, concerts, parties and even a “Mayan Marriage of Many” where couples from all over the world will be united in marriage at a sacred Mayan Temple in the grand Belizean jungle.
If you wish to learn more about the Mayan Calendar and this amazing culture, please join us in the Mundo Maya any time! Marco Gonzalez is a Mayan Site right on Ambergris Caye – just ride your bike or drive your cart south on the main island road until you think you can’t go any farther ….. you’ll see the Marco Gonzales sign and will be offered a fascinating tour. Take a “round the island” tour by boat, and travel the hand-dug channel through the mangroves, dug by the Maya as a mariner’s short-cut from sea to lagoon. Famous mainland temple-city sites can easily be visited on fantastic day-tours from Ambergris Caye. Jungle by day, home to the island and beach by dinner. Ask your Indigo Concierge for details.
If you will be in Belize on the 21st of December 2012, be assured there will be an event somewhere nearby and you will be welcome to join in the festivities. Elsita or Mary will tell you where to find the fun!