U.S. Embassy visit to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges and the Embassy representatives recently traveled to the Chiquibul. They visited the Caracol Archaeological Park, the Chiquibul National Park and the Chiquibul Forest Reserve.

Dr. Allan Moore and Nich Belize colleagues, as well as Dr. Chase of University of Nevada – Las Vegas, warmly welcomed us at the Caracol Archaeological Reserve, Belize and expertly guided us through Caracol—the most extensive Maya site known in Belize. We appreciated the beautiful, expansive view from the top of Caana—the highest temple, which rises over 140 feet above the jungle floor.

At the Las Cuevas Research Station, Rafael Manzanero and Derric Chan of the Friends for Conservation and Development – FCD Belize emphasized the vital importance of the Chiquibul National Park and its Forest Reserve as Belize’s major source of fresh water, clean air, wildlife reserve, and critical place for research and education. The FCD representatives highlighted their efforts, challenges, and success stories in balancing biodiversity protection while contributing to sustainable development and regional security and cooperation in the Chiquibul.

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