Belize

Mayan Village Cabanas Getting There

From the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City, you can fly to the municipal airport in Punta Gorda on Taco or Maya Island air. Your guide which will be one of my brother will meet you there.

Mopan Mayan Village Cabanas German Sho's Biography

I was much too young to remember moving to Na Luum Ca, I was only months old. But the freedom that I grew up with, seems like the whole big world was mine. After school me and my friends would go in the forest to climb trees and stone birds looking for eggs. Later on I started going to the milpa (milpa is a way of farming natural organic food, without chemicals) with my father and my older brothers. This would be a very exciting time for me. I would not have to stay home. I would be helping with the milpa.

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

Mayan Home Stay in Belize | Prices and Directions

Prices

# 1____ 5 days 6 night $ 220.US/per person to include meals, room, tours, lessons, transportation from junction or municipal airport

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

Our Dream | Mopan Mayan Family in Belize

Yan in numul meaning "I have a dream" We at Quichpan Luum have many dreams. Our biggest dream is that one day Na Luum Ca Mayan Village of Belize will teach, and our people will learn to read and write in the Mopan Mayan language. There is many people speaking the Mayan language but most people can not read nor write the Mayan language.

But I have a dream that one day there will be a school in Na Luum Ca that teaches the Mayan language. I think it is very important for someone to be educated in their own native language, in order to preserve their native culture and heritage.

Mopan mayan man
Three plywood structures with children playing in the yard in front
Wood leaning against  a thatched house, drying
Small solar collector on a stake in front of a thatched roof
Two Mayan women doing laundry in a river

The Sho Family

It's a very nice tropical day in Na Luum Ca. The birds are singing, everything seems to be peaceful in my family. My father Antonio Sho, my mother Eugenia Paquiul Sho and my eight brothers and two sisters Thomas, Benito, Geraldo, Hilario, Felicita, Carlos, myself German, Melania, Severiano and Placido Sho all live together in Na Luum Ca. My grandmother Otillia Rash Paquiul, my mom's mother, is staying with us now, because my grandfather died and we don't want her to be far from our family.

Mature Mayan man gathering palm frond used in thatch roofing
Mature Mayan woman preparing tea
Two Mopan mayan women making tortillas on an earthen oven
four young Mayan women all in different colored dresses
Mayan man smiling
Mayan man talking

Mayan Homestay Activities

On your Bellize adventure, while staying with our family, you can learn the Mopan Mayan language, tour the rainforest, learn medicinal herbs, skills, culture, traditions. So what is the herb class schedule? It flows naturally throughout the days that you visit, as with all life learning.

One young and one white haired Mopan Mayan women sitting on dirt floor by earthe
Neatly stacked husks of corn herb class schedule
Neatly stacked husks of corn herb class schedule
Tightly woven, symetrical basket with fitted top
mayan brothers showing a home made solar dryer filled with hot peppers
bead loop bracelet of various designs