The Maya And Turneffe - Turneffe Flats Belize
For many years in the past the Mayan people inhabited Turneffe Atoll. Many relics from those days have been found here on the atoll.
Our head Atoll Adventure guide, Abel Coe, is a Kek'chi Mayan who grew up in a Mayan village in southern Belize. He is well-versed in the history of the Maya in Belize and the traditions and beliefs of the Mayan culture. His knowledge and ability to share it is something special.
Several Mayan fishing villages have been identified on Turneffe Atoll dating back to 400 A.D. Turneffe was clearly part of the intricate Mayan trade routes and artifacts from Turneffe indicate that they traded goods with peoples as far away as Guatemala.
Belize is thought to have been at the center of the Mayan civilization, which was at its peak from 900 B.C. to 900 A.D. Today, Mayan people make up approximately 11 percent of Belize’s population with several villages still speaking one of the three Mayan languages as their first language. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about these three Mayan groups inhabiting Belize - the Yucatec, the Mopan and the Kek'chi - and If you are lucky, you may run across a Mayan artifact or two.