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Welcome to Mayan Ruins

Mayan Ruins

A little-known fact about Belize is that its central lowlands were the original home of the ancient Maya world - and to this day, travellers to the region can visit the fascinating ruins of ancient Mayan cities, dating back more than 2,000 years. Modern-day Belize contains (among others) the sites of Caracol, Cerros, Lamanai, and Cahal Pech - all of which are significant archaeological locales in the history of Mesoamerican culture. The region's lush, steamy tropical jungle - where the screams of howler monkeys fill the air - is a spell-binding, other-worldly setting in which to view the Ruins, which themselves offer astonishing insights into one of the most famous and most revered of all ancient cultures. With 2012 Doomsday predictions coming thick and fast, those interested in the Mayan Calendar's end-of-the-world prophesies are bound to flock to Belize in great droves - so get there before the rush sets in.

Information & Facts

English is the official language and the one most commonly spoken, but you will hear Creole, Spanish, Garifuna and Mayan as well.

The unit of currency is the Belize Dollar (BZD), which is fixed against the US$ as BZ$2 = US$1. Most tourist resorts, hotels, restaurants and tour operators accept US currency and travellers cheques. Credit cards are also accepted, and most banks in Belize City and Belmopan will advance cash against Visa or MasterCard. When using credit cards most establishments will add a 5% service charge to the bill. First Caribbean International Bank has several ATMs in Belize City. Always make sure you understand which dollar rate is being quoted, either Belize Dollars or US Dollars.

Local time is GMT -6.
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