Did you know that the tiny nation of Belize happens to be a cultural epicenter? It’s true. Belize is the central point of culture for the ancient Maya; indeed, the Maya presence in Belize has been traced as far back as 1500 BCE and hit its zenith between the 3rd and 9th Century CE.
The Maya people have managed to live into the present day and many of the cities of their ancient ancestors can be found throughout the country.
If you happen to be in the mood for a culturally enriching experience while vacationing in Belize, your brain, stomach, and even your nose, might appreciate the Maya Fish Cooking experience offered by the San Ignacio Resort Hotel.
This well-esteemed venue offers a Maya Cooking Experience that teaches guests how to prepare fish in the same manner as the ancient Maya did for over two millennia.
This process involves cooking the fish over an open fire stove, known as a “fogón,” and applying plenty of fresh, natural herbs, seasonings, and spices to marinate it with the perfect level of seasoning.
Belize has a robust fishing culture and there are several varieties of fish that guests might dine upon. Popular local species include barracuda, halibut, red snapper, and sea bass.
This experience takes place within a freshly renovated Maya house that is connected to a “chultun,” a uniquely Maya invention that is simply a cistern that has been built into the earth.
The chultun worked as a means of keeping food refrigerated for several days through a combination of rainwater and the natural coolness of earth that got little direct exposure to sunlight.
Once the fish that is cooked during this experience is complete, guests are free to enjoy their portion of the feast within this Maya house or at the hotel’s Running W Restaurant.
Belize is a land rich in culture and one of the best ways to learn about a culture is through the food that its people ate and the means by which they prepared it.
When you are looking for a place to stay during your Belize vacation, consider booking your stay with San Ignacio Resort Hotel.
In addition to being a Gold Standard Certified establishment, it offers its guests amazing experiences like observing and tasting how the ancient Maya prepared fish and booking tours to the many Maya villages and ruins that call Belize home.