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Mayan Culture in Belize

Mopan Mayan Home Stay | Belize

Now is the time to experience the Mopan Mayan way of life. Our Mayan home stay programs let travellers begin to enjoy the hands-on experience of the Mayan cultures and visit the natural attractions in Na Luum Ca, Belize. Our people are friendly but shy, as travellers is a new industry for us. Each village has it's own unique attractions near, including caves, waterfalls and Mayan ruins.

Mayan grandmother and daughter cooking tortillas with white bearded man hamming
Mopan Mayan man splitting palm fronds to make thatch roof in Belize
Long thatched roof house
Precise log structure to thatched room seen from the inside
Young Mayan woman grinding corn with a hand grinder

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.

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

Belize Lodging | Tropical Education Center

I am sitting in this lovely cottage at the Tropical Education Center across the street from the Belize Zoo. It is dawn and I am listening to the 'whoop-da-doos'. They are calling to each other, back and forth across the swamp. The one from afar says, "Hey, whoop-da-doo, whoop-da-do." Then the one that is close answers. I hear a truck on the road. Now I know where the road is.

Two story building
Traveler on walkway to cabin, holding 4 beers
Comfy seat on screened in porch
Pond with lush foliage in every color of green
Large carved wooden warrior head
Table with colorful cloth and flowers