Great Blue Hole in Belize Connected to Collapse of the Maya Civilization

A scientific report on is propounding that Belize’s famous underwater cave, the great Blue Hole offers sedimentary evidence that the Ancient Maya Civilization were wiped off the earth by a 100 year drought.

See also: What It’s Really Like To Dive The Great Blue Hole

“Minerals taken from Belize’s famous underwater cave, known as the Blue Hole, as well as lagoons nearby, show that an extreme drought occurred between A.D. 800 and A.D. 900, right when the Mayan civilization disintegrated. After the rains returned, the Mayans moved north — but they disappeared again a few centuries later, and that disappearance occurred at the same time as another dry spell, the sediments reveal,” states the report which has gone viral on the Internet.

According to Andre Droxler, Co author of the study and an Earth scientist at Rice University in Houston, the findings are not the first to tie a drought to the Maya culture’s demise and the new results strengthen the case that dry periods were indeed the culprit.

See also: 5 Beautiful Photos of the Great Blue Hole

Droxler also discovered that in the two centuries leading up to A.D. 1000, there were only one or two tropical cyclones every two decades as opposed to the usual five or six.

“When you have major droughts, you start to get famine and unrest, he said.

If you are interested in diving or exploring the great blue, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: or contact our Reservations Manager Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

The Elegant Gardens and Landscape of Chabil Mar

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The registration building at Chabil Mar dripping in Bougenvillea

One of the major contributor to guest comfort and  relaxation at Chabil Mar is the beautifully designed and maintained tropical gardens.

Ask anyone who has visited Chabil Mar about their experience and they will rave about the lush and aesthetic gardens.

“Guess we are prejudiced but they are surely among the most beautiful you will ever enjoy in the tropics,” says Marketing Manager Larry France.

Dianne Bulman, the developer of the property is credited for the amazing and wonderful plants that can be found throughout the compound. Bulman worked with various experts on plants and designed the original gardens and planters with Alberto Arias (pictured on the right) who is now the Gardens and Landscape Manager at Chabil Mar.alberto_arias

“Alberto is responsible for planting and maintenance, along with his staff of Luis, Orlando and Caesar whom you will see each and every day working in some way to keep them lush, healthy and bright for your enjoyment,” says France.

A myriad of unique plants that are exquisite not only to Placencia but the country of Belize can be found at Chabil Mar. The plants are a blend of species and varieties from the natural seaside scapes of Belize as well as the jungle scapes, and some were even imported from the Maya Mountains range and jungles of the Cayo District to encompass an authentic Belizean tropical paradise.

According to Larry, even the soil used in the container pots is special and was brought from the banks of the Burrell Boom River, north of the Belize International Airport, for its fertility and natural born nutrients.

Guests will also find a large Ceiba Tree that is about 40 feet tall planted in 2005. To the ancient Maya, the Ceiba Tree was sacred because it connects to three layers of the world: the roots which reaches into the underworld of death, the trunk which is in the middleword of life, and the branches which reaches up into the uppeword of paradise.

A multitude of  topiaries are scattered throughout the property and are the personal art and craftmanship of Alberto. It is interesting to note that Alberto is a self taught topiary artist who took this landscape art as a hobby.

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Topiaries of Chabil Mar

When you visit, here are some topiaries you will likely see: Alligator, Bear, Bird, Bull, Cat, Elephant, Horse, Fox and so much more. (Hint: Some are in containers, some on railings and others in mother earth at the beach, near pools, walkways and rear of the resort grounds.)

To learn more about  our gardens and landscapes, click here:

Belize & Chabil Mar Featured on The Doctors TV Show

Belize and Chabil Mar were featured on The Doctors TV Show, an American syndicated talk show that airs daily in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Sweden and Finland.

The show was about a motivational story of Audrey, a mom who lost 150 pounds in less than a year. To reward Audrey for her remarkable weight loss success, The Doctors surprise her with an all-expenses-paid vacation to Belize!

Watch the TV Show below:

The Doctors shares the motivational story of Audrey, a mom who made food her medicine to lose 150 pounds in less than a year.

Audrey says she struggled with being overweight her entire life. “I was a size 10 when all the other girls were size twos, and I would always hear from everybody, ‘Oh, but you have such a pretty face,’” she says. “You start making fun of yourself. My self-confidence was completely in the gutter.”

Despite trying many different diets over the years, Audrey was never able to maintain long-term weight-loss results.

When Audrey was pregnant with her daughter, she was put on bed rest, which resulted in her gaining more than a healthy amount of pregnancy weight. “My heaviest, post-baby, was 278 pounds, and I’m 5’3”,” she explains. “I felt like I was walking around in a haze. I was just inadvertently killing myself with food.”

Audrey’s daughter became the driving force behind her mission to slim down once and for all. “I lost my mom when I was in college, so I really wanted to live a longer life. I wanted to be around for my daughter, so that I can meet my grandkids — something my mother never got the chance to do.”

While researching healthy weight loss methods online, Audrey came across a clean-eating cookbook. She started making her own meals using fresh, wholesome ingredients, and she cut out excess sugar and processed foods from her diet. “The very first week that I gave up just my diet sodas, I lost 10 pounds,” Audrey says. “That was, kind of, that ‘click’ moment where it all made sense. I should just bring my body back to nature, and let nature do the rest of the work.”

Over an 11-month span, Audrey lost nearly half of her body weight through dietary changes alone. “The weight just flew off. It was like I was finally giving my body what it truly needed,” she explains.

To reward Audrey for her remarkable weight loss success, The Doctors surprise her with an all-expenses-paid vacation to Belize!

Considering A Family Vacation? Consider Belize.

The Travel With Kids television show not only helps parents navigate the logistics of traveling with kids, but introduces families to destinations around the world.

See also: Family Vacations in Placencia Belize

The About section of their site reads:

Join us as we journey to exotic places around the globe, meet the locals, try new foods, discover history and nature, and have a genuine adventure. Find out what it’s like to travel with kids from tantrums to sibling rivalry to actual family bonding and memories to last forever.

The team recently stayed with us and captured the above footage of Placencia and Chabil Mar. Enjoy the video!

For more information about traveling with kids in Belize , feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge{@} or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations{@} Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Placencia Marathon Was a Huge Success

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The Water Station that was put together by the Chabil Mar Team

Chabil Mar was a proud sponsor of this year’s 3rd annual  End of the World Placencia Marathon.

For those who do not know, the End of the World Marathon is a 26.2 mile marathon that was first held in December 2012 to commemorate the end of the 13th Baktun in the Maya Long Count Calendar which was a significant time to the Maya people who believed that it was the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one.

Because many people thought that the world would end on that day (December 21th 2012) and it didn’t, the organizers of the marathon decided to retain the name “The End of the World Marathon” in honor of the distinguished writer Aldous Huxley who wrote in 1934, “If the world had any ends, British Honduras (now Belize) would certainly be one of them.”

This year, the End of the World Marathon was held on December 7th 2014 and started at the football field in Placencia and passed through Seine Bight and Maya Beach and then returned and ended in Placencia Village.

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Pictured above on the left is Althea Schable, Reservations Manager of Chabil Mar who completed the half marathon and who we want to offer our sincere congratulations! We also want to thank our team for putting together a terrific water station (see photo above).

Below we have compiled the results of the marathon by categories:

Marathon All

Female Marathon
Male Marathon
Female Half Marathon – Althea is listed here in the 50-59 age group
Male Half Marathon
You might also want to check out an article on The Amandala Newspaper about the race:
Next year, the End of the World Marathon is scheduled for December 6, 2015 and we hope to see you there.