Posted: Monday, July 24, 2023. 8:07 am CST.
By Hugh O’Brien: Persistent rainfall has led to rising river levels, resulting in the suspension of all water tour activities at the Nohoch Che’en Archaeological Reserve. The announcement was first made on Sunday morning as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of visitors. The suspension of tour activities remains in effect through Monday as the high water levels have not receded as yet.
Since late on Saturday, Nohoch Che’en, a popular tourist attraction known for its remarkable cave system has seen a significant increase in water levels due to the continued rains. As a result, all water-based tours and activities within the reserve were put on hold from Sunday until further notice.
In a public notice released today, the Institute of Archaeology (IA), which oversees archaeological reserves in Belize, stated that it has been closely monitoring the situation. The Institute said that they are committed to keeping the public informed about any significant developments and will provide updates as necessary.
In the meantime, the Instutute has confirmed that all other archaeological reserves remain open to the public. While the rainfall may have affected the operations at Nohoch Che’en, it has not impacted the overall availability of archaeological tourism in Belize.
Visitors planning to explore the unique and rich history of Belize can still visit any of other archaeological reserves that are currently open. These include significant sites such as Altun Ha, Caracol, Lamanai, and many more.
As for the Nohoch Che’en Archaeological Reserve, tourists and local visitors are urged to stay informed about the situation by monitoring the updates from the Institute of Archaeology.
With the rains having subsided and weather conditions improving, the situation at Nohoch Che’en should improve and allow for the water tour activities to resume as soon as possible.
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