Sights of Belize
According to calculatorinc, Belize is home to a natural wonder of all Central America, discovered in 1972 by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, which he made one of the top ten dive sites in the world. This is the Great Blue Hole or Great Blue Hole – an underwater pit of a perfectly round shape with a diameter of 300 meters and a depth of about 120 meters. It is the largest underwater hole in the world and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the hole, there are caves that are home to all sorts of marine life, including nurse sharks and reef sharks. The Belize Barrier Reef is a unique ecosystem, 90% of the flora and fauna of which has not yet been studied. This is a unique diving place where you have every chance to become a pioneer. The central heritage sites of the ancient Mayan civilization in Belize are the ancient settlement cities of Caracol and Xunantunich. The city of Karakol was founded in 331. AD, however, as evidenced by archaeological excavations, people lived on these lands as early as the 8th century BC. These are the majestic Mayan pyramids and other structures that make tens of thousands of tourists a year admire them with bated breath. Shunantunich is located just 40 kilometers from the city of Caracol, it also houses the ancient Mayan pyramids, the largest of which, called El Castillo, is associated with a mysterious legend. According to legend, sometimes the ghost of a woman appears in front of her with bright glowing red eyes that terrify all living things. Chichen Itza, Cahal Pech, Lubaantun and Tiwanaku are another ancient Mayan settlement in the territory of Belize, which will be of interest to all inquisitive natures. Crooked Tree is the largest bird sanctuary in Central America, with as many as 275 species of all kinds of feathered creatures. Many rare and unique birds of the continent live here. You can enjoy complete peace and warm azure waters of the Caribbean Sea on the largest island of the Belizean waters – Ambergris Caye. Incredible water transparency up to 60 meters, an abundance of hotels of various levels, fashionable seafood restaurants and other Caribbean joys make the island an ideal place for a seaside holiday.
National cuisine of Belize
The local cuisine of Belize is quite traditional for all Caribbean countries, it traces the influence of Mexico, Great Britain, China, the United States, Guatemala and other neighboring countries. The nature of Belize’s national cuisine fully justifies the tropical climate of the country; coconut milk and bananas can be found here everywhere from drinks and desserts to soups and second courses. However, the population of Belize appreciates meat no less, except for the usual pork, chicken and beef, the locals eat the meat of various rodents, iguanas, armadillos, and even sharks. In addition to chicken eggs, exotic eggs of iguanas, wild birds, and even crocodiles are eaten here. As a country with access to the sea, Belize is good at handling seafood and often uses it in local dishes. Belize lobsters are especially popular, which are caught from June to February. As a side dish for meat dishes and vegetables in Belize, corn, rice and legumes are served. Moasie cakes with various sauces are an invariable attribute of any meal. Belize drinks often contain various homemade liqueurs and wines with fruits and nuts; in the evenings, men do not disdain black rum and local beer. Perhaps the most original drinks of the local cuisine are cocktails with milk and malt, and the “SeaWeed” cocktail, which, of course, contains seaweed, as well as milk, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Visa to Belize
Citizens of the Russian Federation and the CIS countries must obtain a visa before entering Belize, a tourist visa for a period of 30 days is issued both at the border and at the consulates of Belize. The cost of such a visa will be about 50 US dollars, to obtain it is necessary to have one photo, a valid passport, and fill out an application form in English. Payment of the visa fee at the border is made in dollars or local currency. When applying for a tourist visa at the consulate, you will need to prepare a more impressive list of documents and certificates. If you are leaving Belize on a cruise ship and plan to leave for a third country on the day of your arrival, you do not even need to apply for a transit visa, you just need to present your tickets to the immigration officers.