Archive for November, 2015

How many times have you heard the phrase? Well if you’re planning a vacation to Belize, keep that in mind. “ We have Crocodiles, Manatees, and Dolphins in the Lagoon, Jaguars prowl in the night just a few short miles away, and it’s not unusual to spot many native animals, birds and insects right here at the Swan Villas” says owner Rodolfo Saenz de Ugarte.

Swan Villas, with its beautiful organic and permaculture design, was purposely built to blend in harmonious in this idyllic jungle setting on Maya Beach. “Visitors need to be aware of their surroundings here. It’s far from dangerous or anything like that!” says Rodolfo.” But just be mindful during your stay, that you’re experiencing living in a luxurious Villa in a jungle setting.”

For some visitors this is exactly what they want, to experience a true authentic Belizean adventure. Visiting the Caye’s just off the coast, or the Mayan and Garifuna villages nearby, as well as ruins and caves, are all but a few of the authentic experiences one can have right here from Swan Villas.

Looking for a sanitized, scrubbed and predictable vacation, you’ll probably want to consider another country altogether. Throughout Belize no matter where you go and the level of accommodations, you can expect some unpredictableness. Change of plans due to weather, a short spell with no wifi, impassable roads, power outages, it’s all a part of the makeup of Belize.

So be prepared and pre-warned it’s a jungle out there, and for some that’s just half the fun. So pack your bags, grab your passport and be ready for adventure. Have an open mind and a willing attitude and you’ll love it. “ There’s no Starbucks, McDonald’s or Walmart here.” says Rodolfo smilingly. “Expect and accept some challenges and changes and you’ll be just fine.” Hey, you can’t have a great vacation without an adventurous story can you, and Swan Villas is just the place to start.

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 Many think living in Paradise you have to give up exercising. Luckily those living in and around the Placencia Peninsula only have to look to Swan Villas. Recently Swan Villas sponsored a Healthy and Active Life 5k and 10k Race on November 8th 2015. They are also sponsors for the upcoming “End of the World Marathon and Half” December 6th 2015. So there’s no excuse for you to get outta shape in paradise. Now, if you missed the recent race, Swan Villas has an active program to whip you in shape. Just contact them to see what training is available. Meanwhile if you need some motivation and encouragement you can read all about their most recent race here. Happy training in Paradise.

Racing on the world’s narrowest main street.

Runners in Placencia Belize enjoyed a great race Sunday, Nov 8th. The Healthy Active Life 5k and 10k Race sponsored by Swan Villas Maya Beach proved to be an epic event in which a record was set, all the runners successfully completed, and many received awards and recognition. Additionally, the proceeds of this event are being used to support Belizean children going to high school.

Many first time runners and seasoned runners had the opportunity to gauge their preparation for the “End of the the World Marathon and Half December 6th” as well as running on “The narrowest Main Street in the World!” Old and young, fast and slow, male and female, all came out to have a test of their running prowess.

Many race fans, sponsors, supporters and volunteers turned out too. Cheering and encouraging the runners at every turn and throughout the race course. Afterwards there was a yoga class and water aerobics at the conclusion of the race.

“We are very happy with the amount of support from the Placencia community” said Rodolfo Saenz de Ugarte, owner Swan Villas, “our runners did their best and I’m proud of them.”

In addition to a record 5k time being set (18:52), runners received cash prizes, medals and gifts. The fastest runners in the men’s and women’s 10k were awarded with a free admittance to the
“End of the World Marathon and Half” coming next month.

“We want to thank everyone” said Ugarte. “The runners, sponsors, volunteers, the entire Placencia community”. Moving forward he stated, “ We’re hoping to have this event annually as a precursor to the End of the World Marathon and Half, and continue to encourage the community to pursue and participate in an active and healthy lifestyle.”

Story by Bernard Barbour
Photographs taken by Marion Carr. Copyright Muzamanzie Photographs, Belize. All Rights Reserved

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