Maya House

Belize Botanic Gardens, located right next to duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge features conservation collections of Belizean flora, an extensive Maya Medicine Trail, Rainforest and Savannah Trails, Trails for hiking and more.

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Tamales ready to eat at Belize Botanic Gardens’ Maya House
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Tamales are a great taste of Belizean food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit for a day and learn about the flora of Belize, eat a delicious lunch at duPlooy’s, swim in the Macal River – it’s a great day out.  Better yet, stay at duPlooy’s where the Belize Botanic Garden entrance is included with your room, as well as continental breakfast and use of tubes and canoes on the river.

Cooking Tamales at Belize Botanic Gardens' Maya House
Cooking Tamales at Belize Botanic Gardens’ Maya House

Bring your group and reserve a Mayan Cultural experience – learn about Medicine plants, make a broom from palm fronds and cook tamales over a wood fire for your lunch

Looking Back – Episode 1

What it was like before Running Water & Electricity

Looking back on the last 30-odd years I’ve been pondering life in Belize when we first arrived.  Visitors to Belize Botanic Gardens often ask what it was like here in the days before electricity and running water… Well my favorite book growing up was Swiss Family Robinson so a family adventure always had a special appeal to me.

One big difference though was that the Robinson’s were shipwrecked on an island with a ship loaded with supplies.  When they ran out of good stuff – like fine wines, cheese, chocolate, as well as essential items , they merely rowed their dinghy out to the ship and brought back what they needed … while on the other hand, for us it was a hard-driven 10 miles to reach San Ignacio in an hour and change  (each-way),  with more riding  around town in order to find the basics … and there was definitely a shortage of fine wines and cheese!!

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Belize Botanic Gardens

News From Belize Botanic Gardens

Belize Botanic Gardens, was begun in 1997 by Ken duPlooy as a native palm and orchid collection and an orchard of tropical fruits.

One of the many features in the gardens are a traditional Maya House where groups can arrange to make tamales over a wood fire. The Maya Medicine Trail features many native medicinal and useful plants.

A story:

Once there was a young boy whose father told him to stay with his elderly grandfather so that he could learn about the plants in the forest.  The boy went and every day he and his grandfather would walk in the forest so that he could learn the many uses of plants and why we should protect them.

Maya House
Traditional Maya House At Belize Botanic Gardens

One day his grandfather told the boy to go out by himself and bring him back a plant that was not useful.  The boy was gone for several days and finally came back feeling defeated.  “I could not find this plant, Grandfather,” he said.  “I am very sorry because I know that you will not be here long and I feel that I have failed you.”

“No, No, my boy,” the grandfather said, “It is because you have learned well and  now know that every plant in the forest has its use.”

Other features at Belize Botanic Gardens are a Native Orchid House, Rainforest Trail, Fire Tower, Savannah Trail and a student garden designed and constructed by students in our Professional Gardeners’ Program.  Continue reading Belize Botanic Gardens

Belizean Expressions

Belizean Expressions –

Understanding the Meaning Behind the Words

This link above will take you to a site where you  to a site where you can learn some Kriol and Belizean Expressions, It’s always been interesting to me how identical words and phrases take on different meanings in different places.  For instance, when we first arrived in Belize, nearly 35 years ago, and I first heard the expression, “Right Now“, we thought that meant immediately.  It didn’t take us long though to figure out that, in Belize, it  means sometime in the not-to-distant-future.

Even in different parts of our own countries we have differences in vocabulary, so when a Belizean uses a word you don’t understand, ask what it means and you will have learned something.  Then share one of yours with him/her.

When your waiter asks your title to put on your bar tab, don’t tell him you’re a bank manager, tell him your last name.

It can be  frustrating when you ask for something and are told
Right Now” and you wait patiently and then when nothing happens and you ask again a half hour-later and the reply is  an unapologetic “Right Now“. Continue reading Belizean Expressions

Wildlife in Belize

 

Wildlife in Belize – Belize Botanic Gardens

Chachalacas and Other Creatures

You may find that Belize is quite different than what you may be used to, providing changes in climate, language, culture, people and even insects to discover and in which to delight.

Some will be unfazed by the sudden early am chortle (ruckus) of Chachalacas (aka: bush chickens) just outside their window or ants in their deodorant stick (keep containers and zippers closed) or more likely marching in single file down a sidewalk and disappearing off into the jungle with their “leaf of the day”.

Leaf-cutter aka wee wee ants
tiny but important Wildlife in Belize, these leaf-cutter ants can wipe out a small bush in less than a day

Others may run screaming from their room at the merest glimpse of a tarantula. (No need; they don’t bite and are deaf) Continue reading Wildlife in Belize

A Learning Vacation In Belize Can Be Fun

 

Learning Vacation in Belize

Where else besides Belize Botanic Gardens can you absorb so much that nature has to offer?   Be inspired by getting up close and personal to hundreds of native and exotic plants. A Learning Vacation ati Belize Botanic Gardens will open your mind and your eyes to so much.  Let u arrange an unforgettable itinerary of any length for your class, your family or other group.

Belize Botanic Garden is a great place for Educational Travel.  We started hosting International Students at our lodge in 1995 and now have a place for students located within the garden grounds. This means that you can wonder around the 45 acres that comprise our gardens any time, day or night, absorbing the sights, smells and sounds of your surroundings or working on a project on your own or with your class.

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Belize Botanic Gardens – A Botanic Garden in Belize

BBG

Belize Botanic Gardens – A Botanic Garden in Belize,  (BBG), a nonprofit organization, is comprised of 45 acres of gardens, arboretum and natural areas in the Cayo District. As part of our mission, the main focus of our collections is native plants of Belize with emphasis on endemics (known only to live in their country of origin), though we include exotic, non-invasive plant species.

Area students are frequent visitors to the garden
Students are frequent visitors to the garden

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Day Trip to Flores

Recently, Ron, my  partner and I went to Flores, Guatemala for the day

This small island community, located on Lake Petén Itzá, is accessed by a causeway which connects Flores to the busy town of Santa Elena, where you will find a thriving and sprawling market place, which winds its way, sometimes chaotically, through back streets, where everything from live chickens to lingerie is sold. Continue reading Day Trip to Flores

Toledo District

We Have been thinking about ways we could promote Belize’s Toledo District (aka the forgotten district) and so we decided to spend a few days having a look around.

Cotton Tree Lodge acted as our hosts and we also visited The Lodge At Big Falls and Tranquility Lodge, outside of town and Blue BelizeCoral House and Beya Suites in Punta Gorda.

Tide Tours, with an office in “downtown” Punta Gorda, was very helpful with information about the many attractions  to see and things to do in the area. Continue reading Toledo District

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