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Archaeology Events (June 2018)
Observe Excavations in Real Time – FREE
June 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 2018
Limited to 16 guests per date. Email [email protected] to secure your spot. Take advantage of our 30% special and observe excavations in real time.
Guests of Chan Chich Lodge will be able to channel their inner Indiana Jones this June when Dr. Brett Houk, associate professor at Texas Tech University, and his team continue their excavations in the Upper Plaza.
Chan Chich Lodge is the world’s only eco-lodge set within a 3,000 year old Maya plaza, which was once part of a thriving ancient city—home to one of the oldest royal Maya tombs in Belize.
Dr. Houk will lead a team of archaeologists and field researchers studying the foundations of divine kingship and the growth of Chan Chich’s royal acropolis, and you’ll be able to observe their work and ask questions. The archeological team will be excavating in the Upper Plaza, just a short walk from the lodge, exposing part of a 2,300 year old building buried in the plaza.
Guests of the lodge are also invited to sit in on lectures by the project staff, which this year includes three PhDs, and later stop by the archaeological field lab in nearby Gallon Jug to see what kinds of artifacts have been unearthed.
Expeditions will run June 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and are FREE for guests staying at Chan Chich Lodge. Group size per day limited to 16. Book your spot at [email protected] or call +1-877-279-5726.
Star Parties & Mayan Astronomy (July 2018)
Join Astronomers As They Talk About The Maya’s Celestial Fascination – FREE
July 13-21, 2018
In July the stars are going to come out at Chan Chich. In July you can join astronomers as they talk about the Maya’s celestial fascination. The planet Venus held special meaning for the Maya, and they produced tables that marked Venus’ position throughout the year, and even built royal residences so that its path could be viewed. On July 9 Venus will pass 1 degree north of the brightest star in the constellation Leo, the bluish-white Regulus – so join us and view the occurrence like Maya royalty!
Mayan astronomy is FREE for guests staying at Chan Chich Lodge. Group size per day limited to 16. Book your spot at [email protected] or call +1-877-279-5726.
Feline Fascination (August 2018)
Join Virginia Tech In The Field In Search of Extremely Rare Big Cats – FREE
August 4-5 & 11-12, 2018
If you’re a big cat lover, then join us in August for Jaguar, Puma and Oecelot tracking. Chan Chich’s 30,000 protected acres are home to over 70 known Jaguars, and researchers from Virginia Tech will be on hand to lead expeditions in search o evidence of these elusive creatures, and will compliment the out trips with slide shows on the cat families residing around the lodge. Please note it is extremely rare to see the big cats and these excursions are more focused on looking for evidence of the animals.
Feline Fascination is FREE for guests staying at Chan Chich Lodge. Group size per day limited to 16. Book your spot at [email protected] or call +1-877-279-5726.
It’s Archaeology Season at Chan Chich Lodge from late May to late July! Dr. Brett Houk, an associate professor at Texas Tech University, leads a team of archaeologists and field school students to study the ancient Maya at Chan Chich and surrounding sites.
In 2017, Houk’s team will be excavating at three separate areas of Chan Chich studying a variety of topics, ranging from the earliest foundations of a political dynasty at the site, to stone tool production in the heart of the city, to daily life around AD 800 at a suburban courtyard. All of the excavation areas are just a short walk from the lodge—one is on the way to the pool!—and the archaeologists always welcome visitors who have questions about the ancient Maya or are simply curious about archaeology in general. Please Join Us!
Guests of the lodge are also invited to sit in on after-dinner lectures by the archaeological team (which this year includes four PhDs), and to stop by the archaeological field lab to see what kinds of artifacts have been unearthed. In the evenings, you can usually find an archaeologist or two working on field notes in the bar. They are always happy to chat with guests about the day’s discoveries.
PLease don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about how and why Chan Chich Lodge supports the Texas Tech University Archaeology Project, or to discuss ideas about how to support this sort of field work in Belize.
Big Day 2017
Global Big Day is the most ambitious day of the year in citizen science for bird-watchers. Thousands of people around the world try to identify as many bird species as they can within 24 hours. On May 13th 2017, Team Sapsucker – the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s competitive birding team – will be focusing their Global Big Day on the Yucatan Peninsula, a region of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize that is extremely important to migratory birds, as well as a hotspot for endemic species.
Chan Chich Lodge will be hosting the members of Team Sapsucker who are going to be in Belize, and together we hope to illustrate the great diversity of bird life that can be sheltered by a network of protected lands like ours in Orange Walk, BZ. Please join us!
Last year, only 33 people submitted checklists from Belize on Global Big Day, and none of them were at Chan Chich Lodge. We can definitely do better than that. And we intend to. Out of the 577 bird species reported in Belize over the years on eBird, 333 were sighted on May 14th, 2016. That’s just over half, and this year with your support – ideally in person – we expect to contribute to a significant improvement in Belize’s performance. Chan Chich Lodge has had a total of 337 species documented via eBird in recent years. In such a small country, every person involved is a key contributor to valuable data. For that reason, we repeat please join us!
Any birding that takes place at Chan Chich Lodge in the week leading up to May 13th, 2017 will give Team Sapsucker a better sense of where to look for target species on the Big Day. That’s why we’re inviting you to visit the Lodge then, to help document the birds within our 30,000 acre conservation area, and participate in one of citizen science’s most global and friendly competitions!
Learn more on the eBird 2017 Big Day webpage.
For more information about how and why Chan Chich Lodge supports the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and especially its eBird initiative, or to discuss ideas about how to support the Global Big Day in Belize even if you cannot be with us that week, please email [email protected]
The Great Backyard Bird Count
February 17 – 20, 2017
In December, we hosted the Belize Audubon Society for part of the Christmas Bird Count, and the team of Audubon birders and our Chan Chich Lodge guides saw 185 species in two days! Can you help us beat that record in the new year? The Great Backyard Bird Count, which starts February 17th and and goes through February 20th, is a perfect opportunity for you to join in! Whether a beginning bird watcher or a veteran birder, anyone can participate, and every checklist submitted via eBird contributes to citizen science. This provides a valuable snapshot of bird populations around the world. Last year, over 160,000 people submitted a checklist – how many will you send in from Chan Chich Lodge?