Things You Need to Know About La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

Why you should attend the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge:

Experience the Thrill: The La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is not just a race; it’s an adventure that tests your endurance, courage, and sense of camaraderie. Watch teams of paddlers from around the world conquer the mighty Belize River, navigating rapids and basking in the sun.

Support Environmental Conservation: Originally created as a fundraiser to clean up the Belize River, this event now champions environmental causes, raising awareness about ecological threats while celebrating Belize’s stunning natural beauty.

Celebrate Belizean Heritage: Join in the festivities and honor Belize’s rich heritage during the National Heroes and Benefactors Day weekend. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and adventurous spirit that defines Belize.

Where in Belize is this event held?

March 8, 2024, you’ll find the action at Hawksworth Bridge, nestled in the charming town of San Ignacio, Belize. Situated in the heart of the country, San Ignacio serves as the perfect starting point for this epic journey.

When is this event held?

Mark your calendar: The La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge takes place annually over four days, usually during the National Heroes and Benefactors Day weekend. Be sure to check the dates each year so you don’t miss out on the excitement.

This year (2024), the river challenge is set for March 8th through the 11th. culminating in Belize city at Belcan Bridge.

How to experience the 2024 La Ruta Maya Belize river Challenge?

Getting to the River Challenge is a breeze. Whether you’re traveling from within Belize or abroad, San Ignacio offers convenient access by road.

The 2024 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge promises an exhilarating experience filled with adventure, camaraderie, and celebration. Whether you’re paddling through the rapids or cheering from the sidelines, this event captures the essence of Belize and its people. Make your way to San Ignacio and immerse yourself in the excitement of the race, knowing that you’re supporting both environmental conservation efforts and the rich heritage of Belize. Extend your journey beyond the race and explore the diverse landscapes and cultural treasures that await you in this remarkable country. Let Barefoot Services be your guide on an unforgettable journey through the beauty and wonder of Belize.

Day 1- San Ignacio to Banana Bank

Day 2- Banana Bank to Double Head Cabbage
Day3- Double Head Cabbage to Burrell Boom

Day 4- Burrell Boom to Belize City

Follow the excitement with this Map

Support a local team

Join us in cheering for Ian Yearwood, a lead tour guide at Barefoot Services, as he gears up for another exhilarating journey in the Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge. 2023 marked his  debut appearance as he participated in a mixed team category with one woman and another man.  The team impressed themselves and supporters by placing 4th in the mixed category. This year, Ian is set to conquer new heights as he competes in the Master’s category for men over 40. His teammates are Michael Diabre a Canadian,  10 years paddling experience and in love with Belize and also his second participation in The La Ruta Maya River challenge. Stevie McFadzean from lovely Willow’s Bank, uncle to the popular competitors in the family category team Fast forward made up of cousins Garbo, Simon and Dwayne. Stevie has always played a crucial role in servicing of his family team Fast Forward.  His dream has always been to paddle in the race.  2024 is his year. Don’t miss the opportunity to support them as they showcase their unwavering determination and spirit in this thrilling event!

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