Belize has great protective laws in place for the International Foundation. This may be just what you are looking for as part of your asset protection or charity planning.
We are happy to add this new informative blog to our site. This will be the sounding board for all things offshore in Belize as well as relevant offshore information worldwide. There will be regular information about the Belize asset protection Trust, the Belize Limited Liability Company, Belize International Business Companies, Belize Foundations, and offshore banking.
We will share tidbits of legislation that makes Belize the most attractive place for forming these entities and will keep you abreast of the latest legislative changes.
Belize is a country mindful of its natural beauty. More than 20 percent of its landmass and offshore water is protected, whether it be by the status of national park, forest reserve, marine reserve, natural monument, wildlife sanctuary, archaeological reserve or private reserve.
Much of the legislation that put aside these preserved areas, some accessible and some not, occurred immediately after Belize as a nation was born, in 1981, and later in 1992 with the Environmental Protection Act. In 1996 the entire Mesoamerican Barrier Reef offshore of Belize was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
One can arguably say that preserving what makes Belize beautiful was one of the founding tenets of becoming a country. As with all nations, however, the balance between preservation and economic development teeters back and forth. In Belize, however, the balance has so far never teetered so dramatically to the commercial side that its natural bounty has suffered irretrievably. The fact that roughly 70 percent of the country’s economy is generated directly or indirectly from tourism weighs greatly in the decision-making process when it comes to major development in Belize and its impact on the environment.
The commitment to keeping particularly bountiful marine and inland areas pristine and free from development or other encroachments to a particular ecosystem’s integrity gives the visiting tourist a chance to snorkel among spotted eagle rays in a marine reserve and only a day or two later walk beneath the chatter of spider and howler monkeys cavorting mischievously overhead in one of the forest reserves.
The rare scarlet macaw, playful manatees and red-eyed tree frogs are other marvels that await a patient tourist. From butterfly preserves to bird sanctuaries, there is a vibrant subtropic ecosystem that pulsates with life, big and small, around almost every corner on the Belizean map.
Even if just in a car, the visitor can get an idea of the natural abundance when cruising along the Hummingbird Highway or looking westward toward to the Mayan Mountains from the Southern Highway.
By foot on a tour, by fins and snorkel underwater or by vehicle, the natural luster of Belize surrounds anyone who ventures to step outside of one of the many accommodating yet low-impact resorts to explore Belize’s many nooks and crannies.
It is this time of year that Belize’s cultural spotlight begins a gradual turn toward Garifuna history and tradition. If visitors should choose the final months of the year to explore Belize, especially its villages along the Caribbean coastline, they are likely to stare with puzzlement and fascination at a circle of drummers entertaining a dancing gaggle of gyrating hips, strangely costumed dancers encircled by enthusiastic villagers, or a throng of women donning fronds, leaves and stems of native plants as they disembark from a “dory” on a crowded shoreline as drums pound a rhythmic greeting to those landing.
Though many choose to visit Belize during Easter, arguably the country’s largest shared celebration, or when the weather up north finally wears them down to their cold bones, which is usually December through March, a cultural education, indulgence and just plain fun await the tourist who chooses November and December to visit Belize.
The centerpiece of Garifuna traditions is Settlement Day on November 19, prefaced by smaller celebrations and recognitions that begin November 1 when the drums, dancing and singing start a noticeable crescendo toward the big day. That big day is one that marks the largest landing of the Garifuna (aka Garinagu) to Belizean shores in 1832. It is estimated that around 200 Garifuna stepped ashore in mid-November after spending years of refuge amidst Carib Indians on islands such as St. Vincent, where captured West Africans escaped from the bowels of a shipwrecked slave vessel sailing from Europe in 1635.
Brought Caribbean side by countries such as Spain, France, England, Portugal and the Dutch Empire to work as slaves in the sugar, coffee, indigo, tobacco, cotton and cocoa fields, as well as in the logging industry, the West Africans eventually mixed with Amerindian descendants, such as the Arawak, to give genesis to the Garifuna. For many years they were referred to as the Black Carib but their proper and preferred moniker is Garifuna or Garinagu.
The best places to see the Settlement Day re-enactment, a ritual known as Yuremi in Garifuna, is Dangriga, considered the capital of Garifuna culture in Belize. However, smaller villages such as Hopkins and Seine Bight on the coast hold on just as tightly to their Garifuna roots and festively re-enact the day with Yuremis of their own. A grand parade is held in Dangriga and the women can be seen in hand-tailored dresses that conform in color for the particular year’s celebration.
Food stands along the streets feature all of the native Garifuna cuisine, from cassava cakes and bread, to hudut (a tasty fish soup based in freshly grated coconut milk and accompanied by plantain mashed from large, carved, wooden mortars and pestals), to stewed beans with rice and various pastries.
Wherever the Belize visitor is based in the country, the trip to Dangriga or another coastal village is worth the time and effort for a firsthand view to a culture that has proven unsinkable, resourceful, contributory and always festive since its origin.
Soon after Settlement Day, the Christmas season embarks upon Garifuna communities, so the festivities segue into the spirit of this season. Gatherings of native drummers and singers dot the coastal villages to accompany a performance known as jonkonnu or wanaragua. This is the dance that mimics the early Spanish explorers who landed on Central American lands to exploit what the region had to offer economically to Europe and the New World.
Garifuna will don head dress and masks with faces exaggerating the features of early Spanish explorers. Often turtle shells and smaller shells that rattle will be strapped to legs and ankles while the dancers’ feet rapidly shuffle in abbreviated, rhythmic steps—usually one or two dancers at a time. Many of the accompanists, if not the dancers, are matriarchs and patriarchs of the village who have performed the ritual for decades and are called upon by fellow villagers to perform. It is considered a great honor to be chosen as an accompanist, whether singing or drumming.
When Christmas nears, many bands of drummers and singers will spontaneously collect and parade down the streets at all hours, just as they do leading up to Settlement Day.
So, if one thinks that the final months of the year are docile and inactive in Belize, think again. It may be just the right time of year to see some of Belize’s roots and soul up front and center.
When one is in Belize one is essentially in a place spiritually landmarked and defined by one of its earliest people, the Mayans, who are believed to have originated around 11,000 BC as hunters-gatherers that migrated from Mexico’s Yucatan around 2600 BC to eventually form civilizations southward, mainly into what is now Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.
Many visitors come to Belize not primarily for diving, snorkelling or exploring the splendor of its fetching and intoxicatingly blue Caribbean Sea. They come to explore the residuals of the ancient Maya—their ruins, their spiritual base and in many cases, their current assemblages.
Though not the first inhabitants of Belize (the 17,000-year history of human occupation in Belize started with what is known as the Paleo-Indian people), in a figurative sense the Maya form the sinew or core of Belize’s anatomy. The lands, trade routes, industry, community and beliefs of Mayans from roughly 3,200 years ago are evident in modern-day Belize.
The Mayan countenance is one that, despite its outsider-induced diaspora, remains central to the social geography of Belize. Many Belize Mayans still live in the hills once occupied by their ancestors and in thatched shelters with floors of dirt. Hammocks or cots serve as beds inside the one-room abodes. Many still maintain milpas, small clearings in the rainforest where food crops are grown. They also represent a major contributor to the arts and work force of the country.
Though the Mayans’ history has long been a fascination for the rest of the world, it has certainly spiked in the past couple years by the Mayan end-of-days projection as interpreted by many anthropologists and archaeologists, if not sorted theologians. The Western media was especially preoccupied with this interpretation of the Mayan calendar leading up to 2012, the year understood by many to be that which the Mayans marked for termination of the world as we know it.
As experienced by the coming and going of 2012, ambiguities and context are always a challenge to accurately putting an ancient culture’s ideas, projections and findings into plain speak.
One thing that is certain about the Mayan mystique is how the Ceiba tree, commonly found in Belize, symbolizes the heart of the ancient culture’s spiritual body and its fate. It is called the World Tree of the Maya and is flush with meanings, among them the layers of existence. For the ancient Maya, the Ceiba stood at the center of Earth and consisted of nine levels descending to the underworld, which was not necessarily hell, but a damp, cold, dark place that is eventually transformed to light. One might look at it as hell under reformation, not without hope.
Along the path from darkness is middle Earth, the one all of us now walk. The Ceiba then stretches 13 levels above middle Earth to the heavens, from where protection, enlightenment, eternal life and universal consciousness emanate. Ancient Maya believed that the portal to this world lied at the junction of the sky and the sea, which once existed alone and from where mankind originally sprung.
Among the mythical layers of creation represented by the Ceiba are the original mud people, succeeded by the wooden people who were violently flushed out by animals to become monkey people and eventually human beings. In abbreviated terms, the Mayan mythology of creation roughly parallels other concepts of creation, particularly those purporting original sin.
Today, the Ceiba tree is still revered for its spiritual essence and is often spared when forests are cleared for development. The most fitting place for a visitor to see the sacred tree is, of course, at one of Belize’s many ruins. However, they are commonly found throughout Belize’s tropical rainforest.
Belize bursts with wildlife. So much so that a person visiting a couple weeks or even living a couple years in Belize is not likely to see 10 percent of the fauna that soar above, splash about, slither, climb or weave with stealth beneath the jungle flora.
Unless one is very lucky, it takes a lot of time and some travel throughout the country to get an eye full of the fascinating sub-tropic wildlife seen in National Geographic, Nature, Science, guidebooks or other travel publications.
A quick fix for the visitor, new resident or snowbird from the north is a visit to the one-stop wildlife shop that sometimes gets overlooked by more publicized destinations in Belize. The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is not too different than wandering through the wilds of the jungle.
Unlike a lot of zoos in the urban jungles of North America, Europe, or Asia, the Belize Zoo is not overwrought with cement, shelters, buildings or concession stands. Trails, now wheelchair accessible thanks to gracious donors, wind through natural vegetation and lead to birthing crocodiles, birds ranging from the jabiru stork to the toucan, the national animal called a mountain cow (technically known as the tapir), the otherwise almost-never-seen jaguar, its five other cat cousins, peccaries (called warries in Belize), spider monkeys, coatimundis, white-tailed deer, a Harpy eagle and boa constrictor to name just a handful of its residents.
Born in 1983 to give animals used in filmmaking a home in the rainforest, the “Best Little Zoo in the World” sits on nearly 30 acres in Belize’s savannah terrain and hosts 45 native species, more than 150 animals and frequent educational tours for children and the public. Founded, loved and cared for by Sharon Matola, an American circus employee who came to Belize with a film crew and decided to stay with some of the animals used in the film production, the zoo participates in various conservation and animal rescue missions throughout the country.
Matola (aka ‘The Zoo Lady’) is well known for her passionate commitment to conservation, some of it chronicled in the book, Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird, by Bruce Barcott.
The zoo is conveniently tucked between Belmopan and Belize City at milepost 29 along the Western Highway, an easy stop of one to two hours to view the animals as one is heading to other destinations. Accepting admission from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm for daytime visitors, the zoo also houses a jungle lodge that offers some overnight accommodations if one wishes to take a group to the zoo or imbibe in an educational program there.
Parking is easy, a small play area exists for children and there are picnic tables for those bringing a snack. By the way, wear good walking shoes, bring some insect repellent (especially for early and late in the day), and plenty of water, which is usually the case for any outing in the wilds of Belize.
To learn more about nature’s little gem in Belize, visit www.belizezoo.org.
Insight Guides: Belize
As often as not, a quandary immediately unfolds when the word “Belize” is bandied in mixed company, over a latte, a tea, beer or barbecue, especially in the hustling, bustling, workaday world of the United States.
First, there is the location. Tucked between the tourist-trammelled Yucatan Peninsula to the north, the lush and culturally rich Guatemala to the west and south, and nothing but the warm, blue Caribbean Sea to its east, Belize almost naturally maintains a low profile, with the exception of punta rock.
Following are some myth and mystery busters about Belize.
A tale of two countries: More native Belizeans live in the United States than in Belize, mostly in the urban hubs of Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Despite its modest size of 8,867 square miles (22,700 square kilometers), it is never bursting at the seams. There is plenty of room to roam.
Not the average Central American country: Belize’s location ultimately lends to this conundrum for the geo-naïve crowd: “Did you have to learn Spanish before going there?” No matter how many times people may ask when you say you either live in or visited Belize, the official language remains English.
Come as you are: Though public health nurses may recommend malaria medicine when visiting Belize over a period of a month or more, the disease is essentially on its way out. Belize has experienced an 85 percent decline in reported malaria cases since 2000. For example, in 2010 there were only 150 cases reported and nearly all were contracted in the western and southern districts near the Guatemalan border. Dengue fever from mosquitoes is more of a concern than malaria, but there were barely over a dozen cases reported in 2013.
Big blows in small portions: The most likely and most feared natural disaster in Belize is definitely a hurricane. Since 1930, however, there have been 16 hurricanes (roughly one every 5 years) and only eight that were considered major (just under one every 10 years). Catastrophic events occur once every 30 years on average. As for tropical storms in the same period, 17 have made landfall in the country. The incidence of hurricanes and tropical storms is greatest during September and October. Because warnings are issued several days in advance, they are easy to avoid by evacuation. The last catastrophic event was 2001 when Hurricane Iris hit southern Belize.
The developing country stigma: Though there are only three main highways of only two lanes, you should have seen the country when they were only trails. All joking aside, Belize is not one of those countries where visitors must come with pockets full of batteries. It is robust with ATMs, auto rentals, medical clinics—both private and public—as well as reliable internet, cable TV to a fault and, yes, even soy milk on most stores’ shelves. By the way, Belize is not a vegetarian’s anathema. Most of the native cuisine is based on the herbivore’s staples: beans, rice, plantain and other fruits, not to mention root veggies like cassava. Sushi is even served in a few locations with nothing but the freshest, native Caribbean Sea dwellers.
Oh yeah, the punta: Born of the traditional drum beats and dances dating back to the time Garifuna arrived to the Caribbean more than 200 years ago, punta rock as a genre of modern music in Belize hit the scene in 1978, augmented by synthesizers, electric guitars and Creole lyricism. Provocative body gyrations, some in slow-mo and some in rapid fire, accompany the rhythm on dance floor or sandy beaches. Can an outsider ever learn to really punta? Probably not. But, observer is a role almost as entertaining as participator.
There are many ways to see and indulge in Belize’s abundant beauty, whether below its jungle canopy or amidst its hundreds of shimmering diamonds on the sea, the cayes (pronounced “keys” in Belize).
Most first-time visitors to Belize diligently course through their Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Frommer’s or Rough Guide before stepping onto the plane taking them to the country of many cultures, many ecosystems, many smiles and very few lines or traffic snarls (unless one is navigating the urban wild of Belize City by vehicle).
As titillating as guidebooks can be when read just prior to adventures to other lands, they can infect the traveller with a bad case of indecision about what to do and what to bring. To avoid a head spin once landing on this otherwise sleepy nation, and luggage full of everything from citronella candles to cartons of soymilk, here are some tips for the first-timer whose bring-along list is longer than a jabiru.
No.1: It will be hot or it wouldn’t be called the sub-tropics. But it doesn’t mean long pants or long-sleeved shirts should be left home. If fly fishing off a caye or walking a jungle or shoreline on one of the occasional windless days, light but full clothing can make one’s stay in Belize much less itchy from the invisible airborne piranhas known as sand fleas or sand flies, not to mention much less sunburned.
No. 2: Speaking of sun, there is a lot of it in Belize. You can likely count on two hands how many days go completely without it in a year. If there is one word to remember in the English speaking country when it comes to beating the heat, it is “palapa.” Find the palapas and you will see why AC is just not a common term in the Belizean lexicon. Thatch-roofed, open-air gondolas, with nothing but sand as a floor and the Caribbean Sea as a doorstep, are all one needs in the slightest of sea wind to read 200 pages of a favorite novel in repose on a lounger. When you look up, it might already be Easter, which by the way, is a time you don’t want to be on Belize’s buses. It is probably the holiday of greatest magnitude for native travel in the country.
No. 3: Despite the island’s justified accolades, keep in mind that Belize is not just Ambergris Caye. Test the waters of ‘Lesser Belize’ to find out that less really is more. Sometimes referred to as ‘the caye with AC,’ Ambergris is nice, but there are jewels to the south not to be missed. Southwater, the more rustic Tobacco, Turneffe, Glover’s, Snake and Sapodilla cayes are among them. Not too far from Ambergris is the more intimate atmosphere of Caye Caulker, which doesn’t necessarily require a golf cart to traverse and leads to most of the same jewels of the sea that can be accessed from Ambergris.
No. 4: Mayan art and handcrafts are truly something worth bringing home, but don’t buy for fear of never seeing another opportunity after the first merchant places his or her alluring handiwork on their handmade quilt in the sand. These intrepid roadside marathoners course the width and length of Belize in the hundreds. You will likely hear “want to buy?” a hundred times. Window shop beforehand so that you bring home what you really want to bring home, unless you are just an impulsive buyer. After all, this laid-back country is all about impulse if nothing else.
No. 5: Places not to hang your beach towel but to know about for official or social and medical services: Belize City and Belmopan, the largest city of Belize and the capital, respectively.
No. 6: It’s easy to be seduced by the Caribbean Sea and hang your towel there the entire time, but to do so is to cheat yourself. Go west to the Cayo District or south to Toledo to find inland cultures and some of the freshest, finest produce in Mesoamerica. Moreover, the restaurants of Cayo’s San Ignacio host some of the finest, multi-ethnic cuisine in Belize.
No. 7: Don’t burden your payload with golf clubs, though there are some intriguing links here. Bring your perfect-fitting, comfy snorkel gear instead. If you really want to golf, find a skipper to boat you to the spectacular challenge of the Chapel Caye course, where you can always rent clubs. (Latest news flash: A private course dubbed Panther Golf Club is being developed on the north end of Placencia Peninsula.)
No. 8: And, speaking of Placencia, put it on your four or five must-visits while in Belize. Small, and getting more clustered all the time, it refuses to relinquish its charm and happiness to any outside force that flirts with the notion of changing the scene. Though at the end of the 24-mile-long peninsula, you can’t get stuck there, unless by choice. There are as many tour guides and launching points to fetching destinations as any other tourist hub in the country.
No. 9: If driving, avoid what is known as the Coastal Highway, which intersects the Western Highway between Belmopan and Belize City, even if the sign at its juncture points the way to your desired destination. The road is so bad that auto rental agencies demand that you not drive their vehicles on it.
No. 10: Don’t know what a jabiru is? Don’t feel alone. One reason for its low profile is that there just aren’t that many around and they fly north from Belize with the first rains in July. Standing 5 feet tall with a wingspan of 8 feet, this endangered stork is said to be more populous in Belize than anywhere else in Central America. The best and most likelyonly place for a visitor to see this feathered Tim Duncan with a foot-long beak is the Belize Zoo just west of Belize City. So, put the zoo right next to Placencia on Lesser Belize must-sees.
If Polly wants a cracker, like any good parrot would, all the parrotfish wants is a healthy reef.
A big reason that healthy reefs in Belize stay healthy is because the parrotfish would have it no other way. Named for their beak-like mouth and nose, parrotfish come in 60 different varieties, but all of these flamboyantly colored fish have one major trait in common: They can’t keep their parrot-like noses out of coral-suffocating algae that grows on all reefs, including the Mesoamerican, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia.
The parrotfish is the janitor of the coral reef, but only works days. At night it puts on pajamas made of a transparent mucous, secreted from an organ on its head, and finds a bed in the sand or a crevice. Biologists believe the body wrap masks the parrotfish’s scent to protect it from evening prowlers that would otherwise feast on it during twilight.
Caribbean reefs generate more than $3 billion annually from tourism and fisheries, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In Belize, tourists who dive and snorkel will usually encounter scads of these eye-catching vanguards of the reef while dipping into the warm Carib around such popular destinations as the Ho Chan Marine Reserve near Ambergris Caye, Sapodilla Cayes, Southwater Caye and Glover’s Reef, a handful of the 13 protected marine areas in Belize that are helping to keep the parrotfish on duty as outside forces threaten the parrotfish’s pristine aquatic garden. These threats include overfishing, atmospheric CO2 that is raising the Caribbean’s acidity, and loss of other worthy custodians of the coral like urchins and sea cucumbers. It is estimated that a quarter of marine life in the world emanates from coral reefs.
Not only does the parrotfish eat the coral’s nemesis, algae, it digests it in a way that creates the white sand found near reefs and on the Caribbean surf. With molar-like teeth, it pulverizes the algae film that grows on corals and basically poops it out as fine, white, coral sand. Its dining habit produces tons of sand each year.
This coral keeper is not without a sense of humor, either. For years scientists were flummoxed while trying to ascertain how many species of parrotfish exist in the seas. At one point, it was believed in excess of 300 different types of parrotfish existed. Finally, it was discovered that parrotfish change their color patterns in accordance to age and sex. They even perform their own sex-change operations. When a harem of females loses its male, one of the females will change its gender to a male in order to keep the rest of the harem producing their progeny.
The keys to keeping the parrotfish and reefs healthy, according to the IUCN, are to protect parrotfish from overfishing via strict enforcement of fishing regulations, monitoring of these restrictions while working to minimize the regulatory effects on fishing livelihoods, listing it as a protected species, and providing public education on the importance of parrotfish protection.
The Belize government and non-governmental organizations, teaming with private enterprises such as dive shops and tour operators, have formed alliances to educate and prevent practices that decimate coral, such as sloppy anchoring on coral beds by yachts, incidental catches of parrotfish by commercial fishers and creating a coalition that explores creation of new marine sanctuaries where parrotfish and the coral reef can flourish free of threat.
Belize’s natural wonders make it easy to suggest what first-time visitors should put on their must-see lists. It is only a little more difficult to suggest a tour or trip that can take care of two or three must-do’s at one time.
So, we have the New River, an 82-mile ribbon of water, swollen with natural spectacles, that carries millennia of cultural and commercial history from its origin south of Orange Walk to its mouth in Corozal Bay, opposite the Corozal Town.
Many Belize tourists are drawn to the country by stories of the primate that growls like a lion (the howler monkey), flora that can harm and heal all at once, bird life that rivals any in the world, and Mayan ruins that date back to 2000 BC. One of the most accessible convergence zones for all of the above exists in a pre-classic Mayan ruin named for a “submerged crocodile.” It is Lamanai, the longest occupied Mayan ruin known, thriving until the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th century.
From the town of Orange Walk, a visitor can find a tour guide that will motor guests the 25 miles to the ruins with an emphasis on the journey as much or more than the destination. From boat, a passenger is likely to see Morelet’s crocodiles lolling on the swampy banks, perhaps spider and howler monkeys if not seen at Lamanai, possibly toucans and a gender bender of a bird called the northern jacana (aka ‘Jesus bird’ for looking as though it walks on water ). The male jacana is the one that builds the nest and stays home to guard the eggs while the mother carouses among her stable of males en route to more progeny.
The boat rider will also see remnants of the once thriving sugar industry, initiated in the mid-19th century by refugees from the Caste War in the Yucatan. Some sugar barges still navigate the New River, once the only means of shipping unrefined sugar from Belize to larger European vessels that exported the product across the sea. Long before, the river was a major trading route for Mayans and later became a conduit for sending logwood from the lush inland forests to Corozal Bay where British vessels carried the coveted hard wood to European markets.
Once moored at the trailhead to Lamanai, keep a lookout for a small palm with thorns that resemble short porcupine quills. It is the ‘give and take tree,’ named for the antidote produced from its own sap that cures a rash and infection inflicted by its thorns. Another word of warning: Don’t stand too long beneath a tree on the very short trail to Lamanai. The monkeys are not abashed nor unintentional about relieving themselves from overhead with nary a sound.
Once at the Mayan ruin, the visitor encounters a large, stone-carved mask (known also as structure N9-56 by archaeologists) adorning the right side of the Mask Temple as one stands in front of it. The Jaguar Temple, where torches blazed through the portals of a boxy rendering of the jaguar’s face during ancient rituals, was built in the 6th century.
The High Temple, ‘El Castillo,’ is the largest pre-classic Mayan structure in Belize. Built in 100 AD, it rises 108 feet (33 meters) to a panoramic view of the New River and a jungle canopy stretching into Guatemala and Mexico. Tote a bottle of water in hand when climbing the stairs to the top in the jungle heat.
The ball court, where the game of ‘pok-a-tok’ was played by the Mayans, is home to one of the largest court markers among Mayan ruins. For those visitors tempted to play, be warned: It is believed the winner was beheaded as a sacrifice to the gods.
All three temples at the site have been renovated over the years to mitigate the decay that has riddled Lamanai, which at the height of its existence reached 35,000 in population.
A trip to Lamanai can certainly fill a sizeable portion of the visitor’s must-do list in terms of history, both natural and cultural. Give a shout to the crocs, and the Mayan gods.