Cities of the Underworld in Belize

by Hidden Trails 11/09/2009

Mayan Jungle Ride in Belize hosts:
The History Channel's Exploration Show, Cities of the Underworld

A jungle lodge that specializes in horseback riding and adventure tours, served as base of operations for the History Channel's Cities of the Underworld episode filmed in Belize.

Belize, Central America (PRWEB) December 3, 2007 -- An ecotourism jungle lodge in the Cayo District in Belize was selected and served as base of operations for the filming of a Mayan themed episode for The History Channel's series Cities of the Underworld. Arran, Alison, and Trevor Bevis hosted and accompanied the crew to some of  their favorite and once secret underground places.

The Cities of the Underworld series examines world history by exploring structures that remain buried beneath the surface of modern and ancient cities. In its second season, the show's host Don Wildman and his crew stayed at the mountain lodge in Belize for two weeks while filming caves and exploring the underground realms of ancient Mayan cities.

Dr. Jaime Awe of the National Institute of Archaeology is one of Belize's foremost experts on Mayan history and archaeology. Dr. Awe dedicated long, unselfish hours to the project, taking the crew to several of the "greatest, richest undergrounds I've seen on the planet," Wildman says.

Wildman first visited the lodge thirteen years earlier as a youngster and he says he had the time of his life. Upon returning he stated, "The place is unchanged, even more beautiful."

"(I) can't begin to explain the thrills of riding horses through the jungle at full gallop, or inserting myself into the flow of an underground river running hard in a sacrificial cave," Wildman said. "But I can say, before it gets even more discovered: Go Belize. Few places exist like it anymore. And when you go, try stay with our friends at "Mayan Jungle Ride"   if you want to gallop through the jungle."

About 'Mayan Jungle Ride':
Mentioned in "1,000 Places to See Before You Die," by Patricia Schultz, the operation is owned and operated by the Bevis family. Owners, Jim and Marguerite Bevis, have been operating the lodge since 1989 and have strongly advocated ecotourism principles both in their own lodge and in tourism businesses throughout the country of Belize. They are co-founders of Slate Creek Preserve, a community based nature preserve and the Belize Ecotourism Association. Based in the heart of Slate Creek Preserve, they have a strong reputation for both innovation and professionalism within the equestrian community and has expanded into the wider field of adventure tourism.

Offering both horseback riding and vehicle tours to nearby caves, waterfalls, and Mayan ruins, the lodge is situated in tropical moist broadleaf limestone karst forest within close proximity to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Jaguars, pumas, ocelots, tapir and a multitude of colorful tropical birds and butterflies live within the rainforest habitat surrounding the lodge.

You can book the "Mayan Jungle Ride" with Hidden Trails, a specialist in equestrian vacations all over the world.
You can tall free   1-888-9-TRAILS  or call on skype:hgiddentrails (from outside North Amerrica).

Here is the website for the Mayan Jungle Ride:



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