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The Occoquan Tourism Company

  • Writer's pictureEarnie Porta

Meet Belize

The Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is a 4-day canoe race that traverses the Central American country of Belize from west to east. In addition to its competitive challenges the race provides a unique way of enjoying what is a small, but fascinating country.

Belize sits on the eastern coast of Central America, bordered on the north and west by Mexico (south of Mexico's famous Yucatan Peninsula), on the west and south by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea. Known as British Honduras from 1862 until its independence in 1982, for more than 2,000 years Belize was once home to a flourishing Mayan civilization.

What is now known as Belize has an area of about 8,800 square miles, running less than 70 miles from west to east and about 180 miles north to south. It is today home to a diverse group of cultures, including Creoles, the Garifuna, Mestizos, Mennonites, and three different groups of Maya.

Stayed tuned for more posts about the destination of Team Occoquan-Prince William.

And don't forget to check out Race Sponsor -- Harbour View.


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