I’ve blogged about this wonderful little newsletter previously because it is such a wealth of information about one of my favorite districts in Belize — Toledo. And I was sad when it went out of publication last year. But now, I’m happy to announce that it is back and I just received a copy in my inbox.

Belize is divided into districts (sort of like states), and Toledo is one of the least-visited and most-like-the-way-Belize-used-to-be. I love Toledo. I spent a day there touring many of the local lodges and blogged about the Punta Gorda, Belize hotels I visited right after I got back.

This newsletter is put together by Marta and Rob Hirons, owners of The Lodge at Big Falls, located just outside of Punta Gorda. Follow the link above to download your own copy. The variety of the subjects they cover in each issue is astounding, and I haven’t even found time yet to look at what they have in all of the back issues!

Belize jungle lodges mapLast week I was on Trip Advisor answering questions about Belize, and someone requested help finding a map of the jungle lodges in Belize. This is something I have always wanted also. There are over 70 jungle lodges in the country, and many of them don’t have a map of their lodge on their own website, so it’s hard to figure out how far they are from town, which road they are on, etc.

With this request, I realized that SOMEONE needed to make a map like this, and I knew who to ask: Marty Casado of AmbergrisCaye.com. Marty has the best Belize map page of any I have seen. He has maps of the country, maps of Belize geology, maps of Belize cities and towns, maps of the Caribbean, it goes on and on. If you are looking for a map of Belize, Marty probably has it.

But guess what, he didn’t have a map of Belize jungle lodges. Once I asked him about it, he went to work, he stayed up until 2 am working on it! He started with our detailed Belize map, and a definite list of Belize jungle lodges from Lan Sluder of BelizeFirst.com and 5 days later, voila’, there was our map! Way to go Marty!

Map of Belize Mayan ruin sitesBelize contains hundreds of Mayan sites. The Mayan civilization rose to its peak between 600 – 900 AD. Many large cities existed during this time, with a network of trading routes between them, and their impressive ruins can be seen today across the country. In addition to restored ruins found in Belize such as Caracol, Xunantunich, Altun Ha, and Lamanai, many other large sites exist still hidden away in the remote. Many of these are known, but many remain undiscovered. Archaeology expeditions continue every year in search of new finds.

I couldn’t find anything on the internet that showed me where Mayan ruins actually are, so I created one. If you want to find an even more detailed Belize map, we have one on our website, or you can also buy a Belize road map from us.

For more information on each ruin, visit our Belize Mayan ruins web page.

Detailed Belize mapWe have just posted a new detailed Belize map online. Earlier this winter I was searching for an accurate Belize map online and could not find anything useful, so I created one. Anyone looking for a specific island or town will hopefully find this map valuable. Visit our website: http://www.slickrock.com/detailedbelizemap.html