Photo Essay: La Ruta Maya River Challenge 2012

La Ruta Maya River Challenge is an annual four day canoe race that starts under the historic Hawskworth Bridge in San Ignacio, Cayo and finishes at the Belcan Bridge in Belize City. This event is takes local and international participants on an adventure down the 175 miles of the Belize Old River which empties out to the Caribbean Sea. Every day there is an overnight stop which allows participants and fans to enjoy the evening at each destination – the first stop is at Banana Bank, then Double Head Cabbage and lastly, Burrell Boom.

The competition occurs during the Baron Bliss Day ( March 9th) celebrations and promotes environmental conservation by bringing awareness to keep Belize’s waterways clean and preserving the surrounding natural beauty.

Here are images of La Ruta Maya River Challenge 2012

La Ruta Maya River Challenge

HawskWorth Bridge – San Ignacio, Cayo

La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

Participants are rushing to gain lead

 

La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

The first team to cross the “Wooden Bridge” wins the first prize

La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

Transportation isn’t a problem ;)

La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

Women aren’t left out in this competition!

La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

Double Head Cabbage, one of the many colorful village names in Belize

La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

The service team hard at work!

La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

Spectators crowd the riverbanks throughout the race

La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

Image taken as participants take off on the last day of the race – March 9th (Baron Bliss Day)

La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

The finish line – The Belcan Bridge, Belize City

Images by Danny Chung Photography

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