Location of Jungle Huts Lodge

Dangriga, the Cultural Capital of Belize, is a town of 10,000.
To get to Dangriga from the US, you must first get to Belize. There are direct flights out of Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Los Angles on popular airlines American, Continental, Delta, GROUP TACA, and US Airways.

Activities in Dangriga Belize

Dangriga, Belize offers many wonderful activities. Tour Mayan ruins, cave tubing adventures, visiting the Belize Zoo and Jaguar Sanctuary, bird watching, walking nature trails, island hopping, snorkeling and scuba diving, hiking the waterfalls, and exploring the worlds' second largest barrier reef are just a sample of the fun and exciting tourist attractions in Belize.

Ariel view of island with the best snorkeling vacation
Palm trees and sand
Looking out of underwater cave to the light
Dolphins underwater
Three rays from the top
Green/blue eel peeking out from green/blue rock
Sea turtle swimming directly toward camera
Whale shark from the side
Lone tree on beach by ocean with a nest
Osprey on a branch with a fish in his talon

Mopan Mayan Language

Mopan Mayan is spoken in Mayan villages in Belize and Guatemala. There are an estimated 7,000 native speakers in that region.

In this video, German pronounces that words that he learned as a child in Toledo District, Belize.

Mopan Mayan Words YouTube Video.

Mayan History in Belize

Mopan Mayans

The Mopan Mayans originally inhabited parts of Belize and the Paten in Guatemala in the 1600’s. Some were converted to Catholicism by the Spanish while others resisted. At one time there were over one million Mayans living in Belize. Many were struck by small pox, and all were driven out of Belize by the British in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Mature Mayan woman standing in front of Mayan ruins
Looking down on Mayan ruins
Mayan carvings on wall of ruins
Four mayan women in different colored dresses
Long house with thatched roof
Hand hewn beams covered with thatching as seen from the inside

Belize City | Belize

Belize City, Belize offers old world charm. Locals refer to Belize City as just "Belize", which often confuses new travelers.

The city proper has an old world colonial feel to it. You see painted wrought iron railings, archways and everything is just a bit tattered but with a fresh coat of paint.

Colorfully painted caricature looking shops.
Courthouse with arched construction and lacey ironwork railing on its balcony.
Boats in the marina
Flag sign saying Rasta Connection with a map of Africa in red, green and gold
Rasts in front of his shop in Belize City
Beer truck with a caribbean sceen says Belikin, perfect!

Dangriga Belize

"The beauty of Dangriga is in its authenticity."

Along the southern coast of Belize you will find the vibrant Garifuna town of Dangriga. This rustic city is the jumping off point to Tobacco Caye and other ocean playgrounds off shore and is where Punta Rock music was fused. Given some time, you can easily attune yourself to the rhythms of this laid back cultural city.

Dangriga boasts a vibrant local market well stocked with anything anyone could need.

Tarp covered stand with colorful hammocks displayed in Dangriga belize, home of
Vendor proudly shows his hammock display
Two round drums without tops
Folk painting of Garifuna coming ashore in small boats
Multiple drums sit above a pedestal, home of punta rock
Garifuna man smiles
Balcony with ornate railing, sign says Mac's
Two smiling women.
Small boat filled with Garifuna celebrators.
Polical signs line the fence.

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

Include the beautiful archeological site Xunantunich Mayan Ruins in your Belize travel.

xunauntich mayan ruins
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins with Mayan guide in forefront
Beautiful stone carving at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

Belize Zoo

"Something tells me it's all happening at the zoo."

Belize Zoo keeps only animals that are orphaned, injured, born in the zoo or received as gifts from other zoos.  They keep the environment as natural as possible.  Each animal has its own shady jungle home.

The zoo concentrates on conservation and education of Belizians (especially children) on native animals and their environmental needs.

You can stroll the zoo in a couple of hours, so it can be a quick stop on a journey across country.  It is on the bus route on the Western Highway.

Hand painted sign quotes Gandi
Close up of bird feet
close up of parrot head
Puma resting
Small cat grooming himself
close up of tapir with his nose in the air
large wood stork in jungle setting

Belize Lodging |Trek Stop

In the Cayo District, walking distance to Xunatunich and on the main bus route is The Trek Stop. Run by fellow Michiganders, this comfortable lodging is located in a tropical forest with daily visits from the local howler monkey.

See Dave's Adventure in the Belize Rainforest Surrounding the Trek Stop on YouTubes.

Trek Stop sign, cabins and camping
Wooden cabin with porch and hammock
Clean double bed
Inside composting toilet and sink
9 Hole Frisbee Golf sign