Contract Signed For Cayo Archaeological Investments

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The Cayo District is rich in tourist attractions, and in particular offers a diversity of Maya
temples and underground Maya ceremonial centers. Three of the most popular
archaeological sites, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech and Actun Tunichil Mukmal (ATM) will
benefit from funding under the Sustainable Tourism Program (STP), undergoing
significant improvements and enhancements to the facilities.
The most pressing need is for replacement of the old hand?cranked ferry at
Xunantunich, with a larger but equally iconic model. Additional enhancements include
expanded bathroom facilities and a new visitor center at Xunantunich, and visitor center
renovation, trail upgrade and expansion of the bathrooms at Cahal Pech. A planned
entrance and arrival area with much needed bathroom and changing facilities are in the
works for ATM cave. 

On July 25th, 2011 a contract for BZ$ 119,720 was signed with winning firm Incatema Consulting SA
Ltd. who are working in conjunction with a well established local architect and engineer,
and team of tourism management and heritage interpretation professionals. The firm
will complete architectural designs and interpretation plans for the sites in preparation
for over $Bz 800, 000 investment in works to begin early next year. The planned
upgrades to the facilities are timely, with the launch of “Belize 2012. A New Beginning”.

Funding for the US$15million Sustainable Tourism Program is provided by the Government of Belize
through an IDB loan, and from the Belize Tourism Board. For more information about the program please contact the Project Co-ordinating Unit at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the STP website


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