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Belize's Wealth Untold: The Seven Wonders of Central America

Hector Silva 25 minutes

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Mr. Hector Silva, a local Belizean historian, gives us a brief overview of his contribution to Belize's development and some of the reasons why Belize is still a largely undiscovered territory. Don Hector, as he is affectionately known, tells us about the seven wonders of Central America in Belize. He also tells us why the town of Corozal in northern Belize is an important mecca for the Mestizo culture. Tune in to hear don Hector tell some of the untold history of Belize. Don Hector has an incredible encyclopedic knowledge of Belize and is passionatae about sharing the story of Belize with the world

He was one of the first ministers of government, serving as the minister of public works, public utilities, and communication. He was responsible for bringing essential utilities and infrastructure throughout the country as Belize developed through self-government and then as an independent nation.

Throughout his life, Don Hector has made significant contributions to the development of Belize. In 1966, as minister of Communcation, he inaugurated the first modern telephone international dialing system in Belize. He was first elected to local office at the age of 23 and eventually served the nation in every elected capacity.


The SEVEN wonders of Belize:
  1. The highest water Fall of the entire Central America, 1,600 feet high, also called Thousand Feet fall in the Hidden Valley in the Mountain Pine Ridge

  2. The Highest Mountain Peak, " DOYLE'S DELIGHT ". 4 feet higher than Victoria Peak, in the Cockscomb, in the Stann Creek District.

  3. The Deepest Cave in Central America, the CEBEDA CAVE in the Chiquibul Forest. - ( so far 23 miles deep)

  4. The largest rain forest in Central America. The CHIQUIBUL FOREST (surpassing that in Costa Rica which has diminished over the years. Peten in Guatemala had a very large rain forest but with the settlement of over One million people, from other areas of Guatemala, and the very large Cattle ranches, that rain forest has been greatly reduced as was the case of Costa Rica.

  5. The BARRIER REEF OF BELIZE is the largest in the Western hemisphere, and SECOND largest in the World only to the great barrier reef in Australia.

  6. The GREAT BLUE HOLE, the ONLY one of its kind in this Hemisphere.

  7. Belize has three of four ATTOLS in the entire western hemisphere : TURNEFFE, GLOVER'S REEF and LIGHT HOUSE Atolls.

In Addition, the Cayo District in western Belize has a massive deposit of Fresh water under the Maya Mountain which feeds the Mopan, Macal, Belize River, Barton Creek, Roaring Creek, The Sibun River, The Manatee, The Mullins River, The North Stann Creek River, The Sittee River, South Stann Creek River, The Monkey River, The Bladden Branch - and others down South.

These rivers flow 24/7/12, even in the driest months. SO THIS UNDERGROUND DEPOSIT OF WATER must be very large. - ( In 1934, Dr Magoon recommended, that we could even export fresh water to our neighbors via AQUEDUCTS, as the Romans did in olden days.

We also have many Cenotes, Lagoons, Creeks, Springs etc. The Cayo District has large deposits of GOLD, and other MINERALS, now being extracted by illegal golf pawners. The Cayo District has a large deposit of Lime Stones and Gypsum used to manufacture CEMENT, ( these deposits are between San Ignacio and San Antonio Village.)

- Hector Silva

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This atoll is home to the famous Blue Hole, a circular sinkhole that has attracted underwater enthusiasts for decades. Your clients will be amazed to encounter the towering stalactites ... moreand Caribbean reef sharks, barracudas, angelfish and some of the largest midnight parrot fish in the world, to name a few. Intrepid divers will also discover Half Moon Caye in this atoll, known for its swim-through tunnels featuring huge barrel and tube sponges, yellowtail snappers and eagle rays.
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Attraction
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Atoll
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Caribbean Sea
Turneffe Atoll is one of three atolls of the Belize Barrier Reef, besides Glover's Reef and Lighthouse Reef. It is a chain of small Caribbean cayes southeast from the island of Caye ... moreCaulker and Ambergris Caye and twenty miles off the coast of Belize City. This is the largest true atoll in Belize and the Mesoamerican Reef System at thirty miles long and ten miles wide. The Turneffe Atoll was declared a national marine reserve on 22 November 2012 by the government of Belize. The atoll is home to many marine species that are threatened and/or commercially important. The land and seascape consists of a network of highly productive flats, creeks, and lagoons dotted by more than a hundred and fifty mangrove islands and higher cayes with savanna and littoral forest.
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Attraction
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Atoll
Glover's Reef is a partially submerged atoll located off the southern coast of Belize. The seascape lies in the heart of the Mesoamerican reef and is also the largest coral reef system ... morein the Western hemisphere. Glover’s Reef is a critical nursery and feeding ground for sea turtles, sharks and rays, and numerous fish species. It is one of the only true atolls in the Atlantic Ocean ans is a centerpiece of ecotourism within the greater Belize Barrier Reef—Belize’s premier tourism destination and a World Heritage Site.
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Attraction
Type of Attraction:
Atoll
District/Region:
Caye (Island)
As the oldest and largest protected forested area in Belize, Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve covers 300 square miles of area, but visitors are surprised to find a sharp contrast to the ... moretropical landscape; here, pine needles rather than palm fronds, fill the landscape. This pine tree-dominated forest is more than just a vast wooded area: visitors find deep ravines, traverse dramatic granite expanses atop the Maya Mountains and observe meandering rivers, streams, waterfalls and pools amid the sweet fragrance of the evergreens.

Orchids and ferns of many varieties grow abundantly throughout the pine forest while rare and endangered bird species such as the orange-breasted falcon and the king vulture may be sighted.
Category:
Attraction
Type of Attraction:
Nature Reserve
Features:
Camping
District/Region:
Cayo
The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is the world's first jaguar preserve. Located in Southern Belize, it was first declared as a forest reserve in 1984 and two years after a small ... moreportion of the area was declared as a sanctuary. In 1990 the entire area of the forest reserve was announced to be a sanctuary, covering over a hundred thousand acres of land.
Category:
Attraction
Type of Attraction:
Nature Reserve, Wildlife Sanctuary
Features:
Camping, Parking
District/Region:
Stann Creek
The Great Blue Hole (or Blue Hole Natural Monument) is a popular attraction within the Belize Barrier Reef System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located near the center of the Lighthouse ... moreReef, it is a large, magnificent underwater limestone sinkhole off the coast of Belize. This natural phenomenon is approximately 1000 feet across and over 400 feet deep, and is the largest marine sinkhole hole on earth. 

Divers descend into the Blue Hole’s tranquil abyss to see geological wonders and fascinating marine life. Giant stalactites, dripstone sheets, and columns are located in the Gallery at the southern rim of the Blue Hole. These structures formed in a dry cavern above sea level during glacial periods.

Jacques Cousteau revealed the secrets of the mysterious Blue Hole to millions of viewers in 1971 through the television series The Undersea World of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Today, dive boats follow the way of the famous Calypso to explore one of the world’s best destinations for scuba diving. Come to Belize to experience the Great Blue Hole via diving trips, snorkeling trips, flyover tours, and skydiving jumps.
Category:
Attraction
Type of Attraction:
Aquatic Wonder
District/Region:
Caribbean Sea

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Hector Silva

Mr. Hector Silva has served Belize in all elected capacities, including as Mayor, Legislator, Minister of government, and Senator. He was born a villager of Carmelita which is today known as Santa Familia. He is a well known local author and historian.

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Belize also has the ONLY JUGUAR RESERVE IN THE WORLD, Stann Creek District behind Maya Center Village in the Cockscomb Basin
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