Belize...Where Central America and the Caribean meet
There are few places in the Americas that offer such tremendous diversity as Belize. Where else in the world can you find pristine rainforests, coral reefs, tropical wildlife, Mayan archaeology and rich cultural diversity within a democratic, English speaking nation...and all within a two hour flight time from Miami or Houston?
Belize was a colony of Great Britain for over one hundred years. Formerly known as the British Honduras, Belize gained its new name in 1971 and its independence in 1981. Unlike many other parts in Central America, this small country of 340,000 people has managed to protect much of its world renowned coral reefs, tropical rainforests and rivers. Offshore lies a 165 mile long coral reef, the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. In a matter of a few hours you can travel from this postcard perfect Caribbean setting to the Maya Mountains, where some of the largest tracts of remaining rainforest in Central America lie hidden.
Today, the main languages of Belize are English, Creole and Spanish. The country has a relatively modern infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar and mountain cow, tayra, agouti and howler monkey. The bird life is world famous; this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons and oropendolas are seen daily. And if this is not enough, Belize has over 600 archaeological sites, and a Mayan civilization that stretches back forty centuries.
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"I have been leading students on travel programs throughout my career. From day trips to nearby parks to a sixteen-day tour of France and Switzerland, my experiences have been memorable and informing. However, none of these experiences have had the impact of the two weeks spent with Island Expeditions in the incredible country of Belize."
-David Maher, English Department, Oldfields School