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La Ruta Maya-Belize River Challenge

Experience an exhilarating four-day endurance challenge to the finish line, as “Belikin La Ruta Maya – Belize River Challenge” canoe racers vie for the win! Be among thousands of (cheering) fans lining the Belize and Macal River bank during this spectacular 4-day race on March 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th, 2014.

Witness this (170 mile) display of epic sportsmanship, and celebrate in commemorating ancient Maya civilization’s legacy. The festivities begin with a “Cultural Night” in San Ignacio, Cayo District, on March 6th starting at 7:00 p.m.

La Ruta Maya Challenge:

This arduous battle among veteran and amateur teams starts and ends at different locations throughout northern Belize. On March 6th, 2014, at the Welcome Centre, San Ignacio – Cayo District, foodies can indulge in tasty cultural foods, while enjoying live performances.

Follow the Race:

Day 1 – Race starts in San Ignacio, Cayo District (at 7:00 a.m.); ends in Banana Bank, Belize District.

Day 2 – Race starts in Banana Bank (at 6:30 a.m.); ending in Double Head Cabbage, Belize District.

Day 3 – Race starts in Double Head Cabbage (at 8:00 a.m.); ending in Burrell Boom, Belize District.

Day 4 – Race starts in Burrell Boom (at 9:00a.m.); ending at Belchina Bridge “Finish Line” in Belize City

Dive into the finish-line activities and discover the tasty cultural foods of Belize. Highlights at the finish line include award ceremony, greasy pole contest and live music, to list a few.

History of La Ruta Maya:

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the “La Ruta Maya – Belize River Challenge”. This annual event was birthed in acknowledgment of Belize’s ancient Maya’s use of the river for transportation and trading of goods throughout Belize.

Be immersed. Traces of our ancient Maya civilization still exist throughout Belize, such as spectacular temple formations, pottery, jewelry and traditions still practiced by our present-day Maya descendants. In recognizing the legacy of these remarkable people, thousands of Belizeans and visitors come out to share in this event, annually.

Join in the excitement! To learn more about what’s happening in Belize, contacts us via: or call us Toll Free at: 1-800-624-0686.