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Marco Gonzalez Spring Equinox

Type Of Event
Festival
Start Date
Monday, 23 Mar, 2020Annually
Entrance Fee
$10 USD
Date:
3/23/2019
Description
Highlights
  • Maya Culture on the Island
  • Live Blessing Ceremony
  • Only Maya Site on Ambergris Caye
  • Live Dancing and Rituals
  • San Pedro House of Culture
  • Belize Chocolate Co.
  • Belize Institute of Archaeology
About Event

Marco Gonzalez Spring Equinox

Come out and experience the Mayan culture like never before!

The Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve was occupied from 100BC to approximately late 1400AC. What was thought to be a free standing island those thousands of years ago is now surrounded by mangrove marsh and has lost some of its mass due to sea rise of over 2.5 feet. Marco is one of over 20 Maya sites on Ambergris Caye, the home to the Coastal Maya Traders.  Marco has been found to be the biggest of these sites. It sits in a forested environment with a trove of artifacts everywhere you look. Of course during the 500 years of abandonment, these items are in fragments, but a brief review at the office before your tour will help to identify items such as shells for jewelry, chert (stone) pieces still sharp for cutting, pottery shards (pieces) of jars and plates and much more. A self-guided tour is done by following the blue ribbons along the 7.5 acres of the reserve.  Look, take pictures, hold them – LEAVE all behind.  There are NO temples on Ambergris Caye or Marco; however, archaeologists have identified 50 mounds of former home sites – many are identified with our informational signs.  Along the trails you may encounter some of the critters and birds which inhabit the site. The hermit crabs are particularly fun. And you may get a threatening stare from the many black stripped iguana. They’re scurry off soon enough.

2019 Marco Gonzalez Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox Event will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., where guests can enjoy a day of celebration of the start of all things new. This is also the only fundraising event held by the Belizean Non-Profit Organization, which manages the site. Cost of admission is $20BZ/$10US.

Activities will include the return of K’iche Maya Elder Martin Choc, 89 years old, to officiate the Blessing. He is joined by his grandson Jose who is Grandfather’s interpreter because Mr. Choc only speaks his native language and Spanish! Anyone who is celebrating a birthday, wedding, anniversary or special occasion is invited to the inner circle as the ceremony takes place.
 
The ceremony is followed by the Masaewal Maya dancers from Yo Creek in their native costumes. You will be able to enjoy a table of artifacts on display from the San Pedro House of Culture as well as stop by Belize Chocolate Co.’s table for a demonstration of how Cacao goes from pod to bean to product. Maya music will be in the background while you enjoy food, beer and soft drinks or shop Maya items brought from the Toledo village of San Marcos. On hand will be representatives from Belize Institute of Archaeology to give tours of the site and answer your question of Maya occupation of the island.

Why should you attend the 2019 Marco Gonzalex Spring Equinox?

This is a great opportunity to learn about the great Maya Civilization that once occupied the island of Ambergris Caye. There will be booths selling food and drinks and also booths from the San Pedro House of Culture and Belize Chocolate Co. to demonstrate the chocolate-making process. If you are planning on attending, please note the following: The site is 5 ½ miles from downtown San Pedro. The road may be bumpy due to late rains; allow 45 minutes to drive to the southern end of the island. After paying your entrance fee, the site is located ¼ mile – a 10/15 minute walk – inland via a boardwalk. After reaching the “high ground” of the site there is another 6 minute walk to the Main Plaza for the venue. The site is in the mangrove marsh; we control the mosquitoes as much as possible, but bring bug repellent and dress appropriately. Usually Spring is very comfortable on site. Admission, food and beverages require money; bring cash. No electricity for credit cards! Also note, very young children may get too curious with our critters! Under 5 years old not recommended.

Come enjoy a Maya immersion without leaving Ambergris Caye!

 
Suitable for:
Kids
Teens
Adults
Families
Groups
Couples
Seniors
What to bring?
  • Bug Repellent
  • Cash
  • Comfortable Footwear and Clothing
Activities:
Birding
Dancing
Hiking
Learning
Nature Walk
Offroad
Photography
Sightseeing
Walking
Wedding
Outline of Event
Date
Start Time
Description
Duration
3/23/201910:00 AMFull Day Event5 hours
Contact Information
Email:
janetbrownbz@gmail.com
Contact Number:
501 672 2725
Location Information
Venue:
Marco Gonzalez Maya Site
Address:
San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye
District:
Island
Transportation
Is Transportation provided?:
No
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
The Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve is 5 ½ miles from downtown San Pedro. The road may be bumpy due to late rains; allow 45 minutes to drive to the southern end of the island. After paying your entrance fee, the site is located ¼ mile – a 10/15 minute walk – inland via a boardwalk. After reaching the “high ground” of the site there is another 6 minute walk to the Main Plaza for the venue.

To get to San Pedro Town:
1. Aircraft
2. Rentals/Charters/Shuttles
3. Water Taxi

To arrange a charter/rental, visit Belizing.com has a wide range of rental, charter and shuttle options to book today! See the options here:
(Rentals/Charters) https://belizing.com/RentalsCharters/
To book water taxi tickets to San Pedro Town with Ocean Ferry Belize, visit:
https://belizing.com/Ocean-Ferry-Belize/
 
Frequently Asked Questions
No, there is no electricity on the site that can accommodate for a credit card machine.
Dress comfortably. There may be some hiking or walking to or on the site.
You can take water. There will be drinks and food sold in the event.
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Forty-five minutes south of San Pedro Town, lies an area where Mayas built their community and established a different way of life on the island of Ambergris Caye. Not knowing what ... moreto expect, the Marco Gonzalez Spring Equinox was truly enlightening. We enjoyed ourselves from our tour of the site with Tony from the Institute of Archaeology (NICH) to having a taste of delicious pork tacos with fresh beans and pico de gallo.
Title:
Our day at the Marco Gonzalez Spring Equinox
Category:
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Author Name:
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Added Date:
Friday, 23 Mar, 2018
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