Mundo Maya Blog
About this blog
Travelers to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras in 2012 can expect a yearlong celebration of Maya culture, past and present—and Moon Maya 2012 author Joshua Berman is blogging about all of it.
- Maya 2012: A Round-up of Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize & Honduras
- Reporting for National Geographic on Maya winter solstice in Belize
- Maya calendar cycle celebrated throughout Central America
- Feliz B'aktun! The New Dawn is Here: The First Sunrise in Caracol, Belize
- Maya Calendar 101: What Does “December 21, 2012” Really Mean?
- Gifts for Mayaphiles
- Books on the Maya: Suggested Reading for 2012
- Izapa Sunrise Story by Mary Jo McConahay
- Tranquilo Radio Tour 2012: Seven hours straight of talking about travel
- Tune in this Wednesday! Maya 2012 author Josh Berman on a radio show near you!
- End Maya-Aztec calendar confusion now!
- Q&A with Maya Experts on Satellite Imagery of Archaeological Sites
- Maya response to 'doomsday' 2012 stories
- Only a couple of rooms left for "The Great Return: Copan 2012" tour of a lifetime!
- 5 Questions about Traveling in the Mundo Maya for Rafael Garcia
Tours and Packages which 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.
Take, for example, the Toledo District of southern Belize, which has long been known for its various Maya village guest house and homestay opportunities. You can also choose a lodge that will plan everything out for you. The Lodge at Big Falls, a highly recommended small lodge in southern Belize, located on a gorgeous stretch of the Rio Grande River, is offering a "New Mayan Dawn Tour." This 4-day/3-night package includes all meals, transfers, and activities, while combining visits to nearby Maya archaeological sites and authentic interactions in the homes and villages of the region's English-speaking Maya.
“Toledo is the Mayan heartland of Belize with more than 50 Kek’chi and Mopan Maya villages," says Rob Hirons, owner of the Lodge at Big Falls. "While the district still remains largely undiscovered by mass tourism, [this] is changing rapidly and social customs and traditions are threatened along with the forests and natural environment.”
That's where you come in. “This trip makes a difference because it provides income for the families involved and reinforces the notion that their culture and music are valuable and worth preserving.”
If you prefer covering more ground, there are also a number of multi-country 2012 tours happening this year, often led by experts and academics.