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Maya Museum


There is an excellent museum in Chetumal that gives an overview of the origin and development of the Maya culture and architecture. It also shows their understanding of the calendar and their use of a number system that is based on 20 instead of our 10. They were the first to use zero and therefore were able to do arithmetic. This was presented in detail and shows just how advanced they were. Well worth the seeing.

Maya boat Maya fresco

Left: Maya boat. They traded far and wide and used these boats for that as well as for fishing.
Right: Maya fresco.

Maya fresco Maya fresco

Right: Maya frescos


Heading up the New River


We took a bus tour into Belize where we took a boat ride up the New River to the Maya ruins at Lamanai. The river has its name because when the Spaniards discovered it they called it the new river and that was what they continued to call it.

The river is home to many of the local people that use it for transportation and food. There is even a colony of Mennonites that farm along the river.

Mennonite village Local fishermen

Left: Mennonites at their village along the river
Right: Local fishermen. They use hand lines, no fishing poles.

Crocodile Dock at Lamanai

Left: A crocodile sizing us up
Right: Arriving at the dock at the Lamanai Maya ruins.

Carved head


Lamanai means "submerged crocodile" in the Maya language. These ruins are best known for the large heads carved into one of the pyramids. The heads are about 14 feet high. Only one has been exposed. They are on the second layer of the pyramid which has been covered when the Maya built a new pyramid over it. The four heads were situated at two levels on each side of the central stairs leading to the top of the old pyramid.

Lamanai pyramid Climbing the pyramid

Many of our caravan group climbing the large pyramid at Lamanai

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