Famous Mayan Ruins in Belize

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Famous Maya Ruins In Belize.

Belize awaits you, a little taste of adventure whether it maybe fishing on the reef or climbing up a Maya ruin; this could be a holiday escape from the cold or just a long overdue vacation. You will get to experience diverse culture, food, history, dance and much more. This is what makes Belize so unique to be Belize!

Sometime around the 1800’s or even before this history was documented shrouded in mystery, Maya civilization was developed. Historians and archaeologists have always been fascinated by what is now believed to be just the remains of once great civilizations built by people who are today classified as ancient Mayas. These skilled hunters and craftsmen settled in various parts of the Americas including: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Western Honduras.

 

This crowned jewel what we call Belize today was once home to the great ancient Mayas. Its tropical jungles, Maya mountains, turquoise seas, chains of island and cayes, at one time occupied by these ancient men, developing their own form of trade, writing, currency, calendar and architecture, deemed the ancient Maya civilization to be among the most advanced and complex during the time they reigned dominant. Today Belize has the largest number of discovered Maya ruins among all other hosting countries in Central America. Some of the most famous sites are: Caracol, Xunantunich, Al-tun Ha, La Milpa and Lamanai each are unique onto itself. These ruins host a vast number of visitors each year.

Brief history of the famous Caracol meaning "The Snail" in Spanish is considered to be the largest Maya ruin in Belize. Caracol was discovered sometime around 1937 in the foot hills of the Maya mountain by a Mahogany logger name Rosa Mai. This magnificent Maya ruin is situated about two hours’ drive on a dirt road through the Chiquibul Rain-forest from San Ignacio in the Cayo District. One of the biggest attractions of this site is the largest pyramid called Ca'ana meaning (Sky Palace) rising about 140 feet tall considered to be the tallest Maya structure in Belize. Its composed of stone monuments, stelaes, altars used for ceremonial worships, tombs and ballcourts. Caracol is one- of -a - kind attraction all year round. This is a must visit destination, to get a wonderful experience to take back and share with families and friends.

Another magnificent site to explore, is Xunantunich Maya Ruin, in maya spoken language translates as (Maiden Of Rock) it is the second tallest structure and is one of the most accessible popular ruin that captures visitors attention every day. Its rising height standing more than 130 feet tall, known as the El Castillo (The Castle) overlooking the Mopan River and Guatemala. This spectacular structure is composed of plazas, temples and palaces where once held ceremonial services during the classic period of the Mayas. It is located a short drive outside of San Ignacio if you close by in that area. You will get on a ferry crossing the Mopan River just a few minutes up a limestone ridge to get to the main site either you are driving or walking.

If you are a nature lover; take a trip up Lamanai it offers a wildlife nature experience with numerous species of birds that live along the waterways and if you are lucky enough; you get to see iguanas and crocodiles on the river banks. Lamanai is one of Belize's most spectacular archaeological sites with its structural images of temples, commercial buildings, ball court and the largest ceremonial centers, which was once a major city of the Maya civilization. Lamanai meaning (Submerge Crocodile) is located about 28 miles on dirt road or a few mins boat ride on the New River Lagoon. Welcome to the ancient word of Lamanai you will return your day’s tour with lots of fun, laughter and memories.

I hope my story convinced you to choose your next adventure in Belize. I guarantee you will have a once in a lifetime experience choosing Belize as your next dream destination spot. This country is a popular vacation destination for a getaway and for you and your family to enjoy some relaxing time. Don’t be afraid to do something you never thought you would! Belize has so much wonderful things to show you and many amazing places to explore. Let this be a life time experience to remember!

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End The Stigma

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The month of May is dedicated to bringing awareness to mental health and wellbeing. Our hope is to help our community by making it easier for individuals who are suffering in silence to have a safe space to speak out. We’re hoping to end the stigma about mental health. 

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Top Agent Magazine

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Belize, Central America: David Kafka of RE/MAX 1st Choice Belize was featured in the Top Agent Magazine! Top Agent Magazine is the premier real estate magazine featuring the foremost real estate agents, mortgage professionals, and affiliates in the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Top Agent Magazine features the top producing and most accomplished professionals in the real estate industry, offering an in-depth look at their careers and providing a blueprint for their success.

To be considered for a feature in Top Agent Magazine all professionals must go through a nomination and interview process. ALL Candidates are then evaluated based upon production, professionalism, as well as industry and community involvement. It is considered a privilege to be nominated as it speaks to a certain success level all real estate agents strive for. Top Agent has set itself apart as a trusted source of real estate information and inspiration. David Kafka is a stellar example of the kind of prominent leaders of real estate we are proud to feature in Top Agent Magazine.

“I am honored to have been featured in Top Agent Magazine. I continue to develop myself as a Consultant/Educator/Investor and Real Estate Agent in this great country of Belize. I understand that people are cautious and wary of investing in a different country, but I hope I can provide help for people who are interested. Being featured in this magazine will let you know that your concerns and needs are of my utmost importance.” –David Kafka

For questions and more information, please contact at david@1stchoicebelize.com

Below is the excerpt from this magazine, enjoy!

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Meet Our Agent: Herbert

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Getting to know our agents! There is a great team behind RE/MAX 1st Choice #Belize. This week's agent is Herbert!

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Itz'ana Resort & Residences

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We've noticed a trend and we wanted to share! Over the past year, we've seen more purchasers coming to Placencia than ever before and many of our buyers have chosen to purchase a second home at one special resort: Itz'ana Resort & Residences.

Itz’ana has a prime location right in the middle of our beautiful destination’s 16 mile Caribbean peninsula. It was recently featured in Forbes Travel Guide  and New York Times as one of the 13 most anticipated hotel openings in the world and one of 52 places to visit in 2017 respectively.    

Itz’ana is all about design! The 74 luxury waterfront residences and 20-room hotel are designed in collaboration with Boston based architect, Roberto de Oliveira Castro, and New York based interior designer Samuel Amoia. The resort is a luxury home base for exploring all of the adventures at nearby islands, rivers, jungle, caves, Mayan ruins, cacao farms and the world’s second largest barrier reef. And it’s loaded with amenities: The Rum Tasting Room, a private bar featuring rums from around the world; an owners-only lounge, three restaurants, reef-to-table pop-up dinners, two pools, a kids’ club, a private screening room, full service marina, yoga deck, adventure center, gym and spa and more….              

One of the most important reasons RE/MAX clients have chosen Itz'ana is that it offers the unique opportunity to purchase Belize real estate that is as financially secure as it is personally rewarding. As a part of Itz’ana Resort, your home can be rented hassle-free by Itz’ana’s expert management team, ensuring pristine maintenance while delivering strong passive income. The Residences are turn-key, ranging from 725 – 3,000 square feet with prices from $329,000 - $1,130,000. They are going to release their new penthouses to sell at the end of the summer and we can't wait!  The villas are 76% sold out and we invite you http://bit.ly/2sQjP3o to learn more.

 

Exerpts taken from BelizeHub.com and TravelBelize.org

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Sittee River

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If you’re a new resident of Belize or have been interested in investing in Belize, chances are you’ve probably heard of Sittee River in Stann Creek. Sittee River begins in the Mayan Mountains and the river empties into the Caribbean Sea near Hopkins Village. The Sittee River is famous for the tallest mangrove trees in Belize. If you’re looking to emerge yourself in the Garifuna culture, Sittee River is definitely your place.

 

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Moving To Belize

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Moving to Belize - The things you need to know. 

Are you ready to make the big move? Your house is on the market and you know you and your family want to move to beautiful Belize, but what’s next?

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Everyone's Talking About Belize

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Why do you keep seeing real estate commercials when you’re up at 11pm? Why is the Huffington Post and other major news outlets talking about Belize? Well, since Belize is starting to gain some attraction, let me tell you about what all the fuss is about. 

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Pet Friendly Hotels

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We all love our furry friends. They’re apart of our family! So why shouldn’t they enjoy our family vacation with us? Thank’s to tacogirl.com we now have a list of the pet friendly hotels in Belize - country wide! Because we are Placencia based, below is a list of Placencia hotels that are pet friendly. If you’d like to see the list country wide of pet free hotels, click the link at the bottom of the page! 

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WestJet Flying Directly to Belize

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WestJet started flying directly to Belize on October 29th, so get your bank accounts ready!

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What Are Your Plans For The Weekend?

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Every weekend comes around and every weekend the same question comes up.  I’m sure this is a universal question and you would think that as we get older we would have it all figured out, but no, I certainly don’t.  My husband and I ask ourselves all the time what we are going to do – it’s the weekend. 

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Why Belize?

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Are you thinking about where to go for your next vacation? You’re making your check-list of what you’d love to see and that list includes white sandy beaches with blue waters, rich history and culture, budget friendly, safe, and not too touristy. Now, everywhere you’re probably thinking of speaks another language. And that may be a problem, considering you may or may not have failed that spanish exam in high school. Can it get much better than getting everything checked off that list AND has english as their official language? No, it probably can’t. 

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Guide to Buying Belize Real Estate

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If you have been debating whether or not to buy Belize real estate, you may want to consider doing it sooner rather than later. There is so much to see and do in Belize. You can enjoy river rafting, exploring Mayan ruins, taking in breathtaking waterfalls and marveling at the world’s second largest Barrier Reef. You can do it as a full-time resident and not just a visitor because the property prices there are incredible.

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Our Newest Family Member

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We call her Funny Face and that’s because we couldn’t ever understand what we were being told when we asked her name.  This is the story of how we acquired Funny Face.

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Beliziean Delicacies

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One of the best things about Belize in my opinion, would definitely have to be the food. The mouth watering flavors are as amazing as the culture. My mouth is actually watering just thinking of stew beans and coconut rice. Are you asking yourself, what the heck is that? Well, we’ll get all into the local foods native to Belize. If you want to start your day off right, you can’t go wrong with the locally grown organic fresh fruit. Living in the states for most of my life I have never tasted fruit so sweet and seen it so colorful. 

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The Brighter Group markets Belize in Europe

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Belize has another agent for tourism advertising and marketing in Europe. The Belize Tourism Board awarded the contract to The Brighter Group, one of the largest independent travel and tourism PR (Public Relations) and marketing consultancies in the UK, founded in 1995.

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