Eco Tourism Pioneer Lucy Fleming on Belize & Life as a Spiritual Practice

Thinking of traveling to Belize? The Cayo District in the western part of the country borders Guatemala and was once the heart of the Belizean Maya world and is still rich with pre-Columbian archaeological sites. Cayo encompassses two thousand square miles of jungle and is one of the most vivid environments on the planet. It is hard to imagine anyone who has a better grasp on the attitude that is needed to adapt to and be in harmony with this kind of full-on, in-your-face life force than Lucy Fleming, one of the world’s eco tourism pioneers, who settled in Belize in 1977 and, with her husband Mick, founded Chaa Creek Lodge, today one of the best-known sustainable tourism enterprises on the planet. In this riveting interview, Lucy reveals the Belize she has called home for more than forty years, and shares some powerful personal experiences she's had that are sure to inspire you. . Buckle your seat belt and get ready for an adventure!


Eco Tourism Pioneer Lucy Fleming on Belize & Life as a Spiritual Practice

The Beautiful Dark Side of the Third World By Oscar Recinos

La Antigua Guatemala in Central America is filled with stories of mythical dark and horrific creatures that have been passed down every generation. Legends and folklore that feature sinister characters like La Llorona, La Siguanaba, El Sombreron, El Cadejo and La Tatuana. Enjoy this insightful piece written by Oscar Recinos and discover Guatemala's superstitious side while learning about when and where these creatures appear.

The Beautiful Dark Side of the Third World By Oscar Recinos

The Wisdom of Tikal & Time

The Mayan ruin of Tikal in Guatemala is not easy to get to but the bumpy ride to the remote location is worth it! This 222-square mile archaeological park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to abundant wildlife and many massive ancient monuments that are simply awe-inspiring! Let BCD give you the cultural lay of the land and guide you through Tikal’s major archaeological ruins.

The Wisdom of Tikal & Time

Mayan Energy, Artistry & Traditions of Lake Atitlan in Guatamala

Searching for breathtaking natural beauty? Interested in Mayan culture? A fan of hand-made textiles? Let BCD give you the highlights of Guatemala's Lake Atitlan! Meet Rilaj Mam, the spirit guardian of the Tz'utuhil people. Discover the Tz’utuhil legend with a Romeo and Juliet-esque plot! Connect with Angelina, who shares the story behind her art! BCD's insightful reporting gives you the lay of the cultural landscape in a way no other site does.

Mayan Energy, Artistry & Traditions of Lake Atitlan in Guatamala

Nim Po't Maya Textiles of Guatemala

Check out BCD’s colorful Q & A with Marco Cobar who provides a virtual tour of Nim Po’t, home of the world’s largest retail Maya textiles collection. The immense store in Antigua Guatemala also serves as a retail museum showcase for hundreds of indigenous Mayan artisans. Let Marco explain the Mayan identity, history & traditions behind the textile patterns and costumes of San Antonio Calientes, Lake Atitlan, Tecpan & Patzún. Discover the challenges that traditional textiles are facing. BCD scouts out the most authentic experiences for you & offers local perspectives on cultural traditions!

Nim Po't Maya Textiles of Guatemala

Kakchikel Women Share Guatemalan Traditions

BCD’s philosophy is ‘People are Culture’...experience this for yourself with our account of a day with a family of Kakchikel women of the Guatemalan village of Santiago Zamora. Savor a meal of tasty local dishes and enjoy a tutorial in traditional Mayan weaving, with a look at the brocade technique on the backstrap loom & efforts to convert racist attitudes toward indigenous toward traditional dress to into revenue streams. Meet the founder of a program to teach kids about traditional crafts & identity.

Kakchikel Women Share Guatemalan Traditions

Artist Oscar Peren of Guatemala’s Comalapa School of Naive Painters

In this revealing Q & A, meet naive painter Oscar Eduardo Peren at his gallery in Comalapa Guatemala. Hear his moving personal story--learn about both the customs and personal circumstances that have shaped his extraordinary art. Oscar is one of the artists represented in the book "Arte Naïf: Contemporary Guatemalan Paintings" published by UNESCO. Let him tell you about the meaning and symbolism behind his pieces, As always, BCD scouts out the most authentic experiences for you!

Artist Oscar Peren of Guatemala’s Comalapa School of Naive Painters

Guatemala’s Chi Chi & the Conquest Dance

Discover Casa de Mascaras, or “House of Masks,” in Guatemalan Highland town of Chichicastenango, where carvings have been created for more than forty years. Learn about the connection of this folk art to another cultural tradition--the“Conquest Dance” a festival held in Guatemala’s Highland’s Mayan villages. Be wowed by colorful Mayan textiles for sale at Chi Chi’s renowned market! Let BCD offer you a unique encounter with Guatemala’s' cultural heritage before you travel!

Guatemala’s Chi Chi & the Conquest Dance