Celebrating Maya Solstice in Belize
The countdown to the end of the Maya 2012 Calendar continues as the Belize Maya prepares for the world to begin anew. The Summer Solstice, June 20-21, the longest day of the year, marks the midpoint of the Maya calendar.
For native Belizeans and travelers alike, this will be a time of great celebration. As the heart of the Maya world, Belize has more than 20 unique Maya historical sites. For anyone in search of soul-stirring history coupled with breathtaking jungle beauty, a tour of Lamanai or Altun Ha will amaze you. Overnight-camping opportunities (on June 20-21, September 21-22, and December 20-21) at Belize’s premiere Maya site, Caracol, promise unique exposure to Maya culture.
Overnight Adventure in Belize
On this two-day adventure tour, visitors will be guided by renowned archaeologist Dr. Jamie Awe as he engages you in spectacular tours and lectures on the mysteries of the Maya culture. Learn the secrets of the Maya calendar and rediscover yourself during the traditional Fire Ceremony and spiritual offering led by native and neighboring Maya. See the full event listing here.
Shedding Light on the Solstice
The Maya were known to have used various shadows and designs-formed by their massive pyramids-to signal key times on their calendar and predict the best dates for marriages, burials and other milestones. During the solstice, you will witness the sun’s direct alignment with the center of the Maya Observatory at Caracol.
Be one with the Maya
Travelers to Belize will find the vibrance of the mystical Maya culture to be apparent. On weekends, colorful craft shops and tantalizing markets line the streets of towns like San Ignacio and Santa Elena in the Cayo District. Belize’s native culture is rich, so prepare to be astounded.
Great Summer Value
Summertime means great value for visitors to Belize. From rainforest to reef, you can find great vacation deals and travel ideas, at your convenience, in the My Belize Vacation Planner, sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board. Be sure to check back for hot deals on summer travel to Belize.
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