Maya - Family walking down road - Joshua Berman

Tours and Packages to Benefit the Maya in 2012

The fast-approaching end of the Maya Long Count has inspired a number of Mundo Maya accommodations to come up with some truly unique and creative offerings this year—the best of which include a way for local Maya people to benefit from tourism.

2012 Calendar with Maya and Gregorian Dates

For the Mayaphile and/or traveler in your life, this 2012 Maya calendar is a perfect gift. It was developed by archaeologist Ed Barnhart and all proceeds from the $13 item go to support the Maya Exploration Center (MEC), a non-profit research and education center. Dr. Barnhart makes sure that in addition to our standard Gregorian […]

A sign reading 'Betta No Litta' is tacked to a tree near the beach.

A Guide to Speaking Belizean Kriol

If you think Belize Kriol refers to nothing more than the exotic Caribbean accent of your Belizean hosts, think again. Better yet, listen as they talk casually with each other; you’ll hear an entirely different language than the Rasta-tinted English Belizeans reserve for foreigners.

Moon Maya 2012

December 21, 2012 is an important date for the Maya; it marks the end of the Long Count, a 5,125-year cycle of the Maya calendar, and the world’s transition into a new era. Some believe this transition will be peaceful; others warn it will be nothing short of explosive. But there’s one thing everyone can […]

Two chairs on a dock in clear shallow water surrounded by palm trees.

Belize’s Tobacco Caye

If your tropical island dream includes sharing said island with a few dozen fellow travelers, snorkelers, divers, rum drinkers, and hammock sitters from around the world, then Tobacco Caye is your place.

At sunset on the coast, the silhouetted statue of a fisherman hauling in his net.

Visiting Chetumal, Mexico from Belize

An exciting dose of culture shock is an easy 15 miles from Corozal. Chetumal, capital of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, is a relatively modern, midsized city of about 200,000. If you don’t come for the culture, then you must be here to shop in the new American-style mall, or see a first-run film in Chet’s brand new air-conditioned Cineplex, located in the Plaza de las Americas mall.

A boat is docked along a strip of shore surrounded by calm, clear water.

Discover Belize

If you’ve traveled in other parts of Central America or the Caribbean, forget them all. Belize is different: It is coconut shavings in your rice and beans. It is butter pooling in your conch soup—with a squirt of lime and a splash of hot sauce to make it bite. Belize is the hemisphere’s largest barrier reef; it is massive forests of giant cohune palms and prehistoric tree ferns, some amid ancient Mayan plazas.

Moon Living Abroad in Nicaragua

Central America experts Joshua Berman and Randall Wood know what it takes to make the move to Nicaragua—both have left the U.S. to make their homes there. In Moon Living Abroad in Nicaragua, they share their firsthand advice on transplanting to Nicaragua, ensuring that you have all the tools you need to navigate the ins […]

The tops of wreckage emerge from the turquoise water at Nicaragua's Corn Islands.

Diving & Snorkeling in Nicaragua

Despite Nicaragua’s gorgeous shorelines, diving is a pastime only beginning to be developed, with only three shops in the whole country: one in San Juan del Sur and one on each of the Corn Islands. For those interested in snorkeling, it is best off the Corn Islands and some of the Pearl Cays.