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Maya Underground on History CH 2Nite #271233
03/10/08 05:38 PM
03/10/08 05:38 PM
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Belize Jungle Lodge Announces Air Dates for Mayan Themed Episode of The History Channel's Exploration Show, Cities of the Underworld, Airing March 10, 11, and 15

Belize, Central America (PRWEB) March 10, 2008 -- Mountain Equestrian Trails ( (MET), an ecotourism jungle lodge in the Cayo District in Belize ( served as base of operations for the filming of a Mayan themed episode for The History Channel's series Cities of the Underworld.

This episode, called "Maya Underground" will air March 10 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Central, on the History Channel. "Maya Underground" can also be seen on March 11 and on March 15. See local listings for exact time or visit

"It was an honor to host Cities of the Underworld. We enjoyed sharing the beauty and wonders of Belize," said Marguerite Bevis, Owner of MET. "We are all so excited about seeing the show that our whole family is planning to get together to watch it on Monday night."

MET's Arran, Alison, and Trevor Bevis hosted and accompanied the crew to some of their favorite and once secret underground places. Evidence of the vast Mayan civilization can be found beneath the Belizean jungles ( and beneath the ground in caverns once used for ceremonial and sacrificial purposes.

"It was really interesting to see all the work behind the scenes that went into making a one hour episode," commented Arran Bevis, General Manager of MET. "Because the filming was done in the rainy season, there was a lot of adventure involved in just getting to the sites and getting cameras in and out of wet and dangerous situations. With Don Wildman, half the show was getting there. It was like 'Indiana Jones.' Thanks for the experience of a lifetime!"

The Cities of the Underworld series examines world history by exploring structures that remain buried beneath the surface of modern and ancient cities. In its second season, the show's host Don Wildman and his crew stayed at MET in Belize ( for two weeks while filming caves and exploring the underground realms of ancient Mayan cities.

Dr. Jaime Awe of the National Institute of Archaeology is one of Belize's foremost experts on Mayan history and archaeology. Dr. Awe dedicated long, unselfish hours to the project, taking the crew to several of the "greatest, richest undergrounds I've seen on the planet," Wildman says.

Wildman first visited MET thirteen years earlier as a youngster and he says he had the time of his life. Upon returning he stated, "The place is unchanged, even more beautiful."

"(I) can't begin to explain the thrills of riding horses through the jungle at full gallop, or inserting myself into the flow of an underground river running hard in a sacrificial cave," Wildman said. "But I can say, before it gets even more discovered: Go Belize. Few places exist like it anymore. And when you go, try stay with our friends at Mountain Equestrian Trails if you want to gallop through the jungle."

About Mountain Equestrian Trails:

Mentioned in "1,000 Places to See Before You Die," by Patricia Schultz, Mountain Equestrian Trails is owned and operated by the Bevis family. Owners, Jim and Marguerite Bevis, have been operating the lodge since 1989 and have strongly advocated ecotourism ( principles both in their own lodge and in tourism businesses throughout the country of Belize. They are co-founders of Slate Creek Preserve, a community based nature preserve and the Belize Ecotourism Association. Based in the heart of Slate Creek Preserve, MET has a strong reputation for both innovation and professionalism within the equestrian community and has expanded into the wider field of adventure tourism.

Offering both horseback riding ( and vehicle tours to nearby caves, waterfalls, and Mayan ruins, MET is situated in tropical moist broadleaf limestone karst forest within close proximity to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Jaguars, pumas, ocelots, tapir and a multitude of colorful tropical birds and butterflies live within the rainforest habitat surrounding MET.

Re: Maya Underground on History CH 2Nite [Re: SimonB] #272255
03/14/08 09:30 AM
03/14/08 09:30 AM
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did anyone watch this besides us? it was pretty cool footage of underground mayan sites.

but....what's up with the host going on and on about bloody, violent, cruel, tortured captured enemies, etc? it sparked quite a discussion by us regarding the societies that were the mayan's contemporaries at the time (the Romans, for example). i don't believe the whole gladiator thing, or throwing captives into an arena with a lion or bear are any less cruel or violent (more, even) than the rituals the maya were engaging in...yet the roman's are revered for accomplishments, without being touted as gruesome or horrid, like the mayans sometimes are.

we agreed they get a continued 'bad rap' on these types of shows - it was just a cultural thing. when we discuss the scope of the civilization, it's science, engineering, art, and so on, i think the maya are very underrated compared to, say, the romans or egyptians. our kids tell us they never learn anything about the maya (or inca or aztec, for that matter) in school.

anyone else a little annoyed by these things?

Re: Maya Underground on History CH 2Nite [Re: sweetjane] #272286
03/14/08 11:33 AM
03/14/08 11:33 AM
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elbert Offline
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Doesn't sound like the peaceful, loving, happy Mayans we have now does it.
Must of had that gene pool cleaned out of violent types some where along the line.

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