Cerros Maya and La Playa de Cerros

Rich in history with thousands of acres of Nature and Marine Reserves, abundant in Wildlife, and hundreds of species of birds.

From Corozal as you gaze across the Corozal Bay to the Cerros (Mayan for “hills”) at the peninsula we refer to as the La Playa de Cerros Peninsula, you will immediately notice its most prominent and outstanding geographic feature, the Cerros Maya Ruins. They thrust proudly 72 feet above the green gem that is our peninsula, the home to Cerros Sands at La Playa de Cerros. Dating back approximately 2,500 years ago, Cerros Maya was a vital Mayan trading center. The site is spread over more than 50 acres and is easily explored. Abandoned 1,700 years ago, today it is a serene, majestic jungle site.

La Playa de Cerros is separated by the New River to the south of Corozal town, which flows from the west. It empties into Corozal Bay on the northern side of the Cerros, and another outlet comes from Progress Lagoon, into Lowry's Bight.

Both of these wonderful waterways are rich in history as well as being vibrant economic and ecological assets to the present day. This entire marine and aquatic environment is magnificent for its scenic beauty alone, not to mention the dizzying array of abundant life within and adjoining it. Manatees and dolphins in the bay and an occasional crocodile sighting in the river may highlight your visit. There's also the Rio Honda about 7 miles to the north that flows from the west to form the Border between Belize and Mexico, and empties into Corozal Bay.

Well, guess what's next ... fishing ... it's nothing less than spectacular! Giant Tarpon and 20-plus pound Snook abound in the lagoons and mangrove flats just minutes away from Cerros Sands and La Playa de Cerros. Venture out just a little further and Snapper, Grouper, Permit and much, much more beckon the ardent angler.

Of course, this is but one of many amazing ancient archeological sites that are easily within your reach from your Cerros Sands at La Playa de Cerros home. For example, take an enchanting two hour long, languid boat ride up the New River in the Orange Walk District, some 45 miles southwest of Corozal Town to Lamanai or “City of the Submerged Crocodile” in the language of the ancients, one of the most preeminent ancient Maya cities in all of Central America. Howler monkeys will serenade you while they swing from tree to tree and you make your way, lazily, upriver. Amazingly, Belize was the home to more than 3 million Mayas during the peak of their fascinating and powerful civilization.

Cerros Sands at La Playa de Cerros and the adjacent area host over 250 species of birds. Just a few minutes south of Cerros Sands at La Playa de Cerros is the sleepy village of Copper Bank, home to a eco-tour B&B. Sarteneja, a bucolic fishing village is approximately one hour east from Cerros Sands at La Playa de Cerros. It's worth the ride! Just to its south, at Shipstern Nature Reserve, jaguars, pumas and ocelots roam the hardwood forests and inland lagoons, competing with crocodiles for prey. Tours and overnight arrangements can be made here. The area is considered a botanist's and biologist's paradise. Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is another amongst many other amazing wildlife sanctuaries not to be missed in this astonishingly diverse, yet tiny country called Belize. Oh, and did we mention the myriad of exotic butterflies, the intoxicating array of orchids, low and high rainforests, hardwood forests, the limestone caves region and so on and so forth?

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