La Ruta Maya River Challenge

Come and witness this epic canoe race on the first week of March in Belize. You can either participate or follow the route and support your favorite team.

What is la Ruta Maya ?

La Ruta Maya River Challenge is an exciting, hardcore canoe race. It’s a four day race through the Macal River in Belize. The race is 170 miles long. This takes place annually in March on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday and ending on a Monday coinciding with the national holiday, Baron Bliss ( A Benefactor of Belize). This Race was founded by Cayo Tropical Fruits Limited and it’s in all good spirits to promote healthy living, culture, and also used for advertisements of businesses.

Healthy living– The race is a friendly endurance sport. It maintains many people healthy, not only on the day of the race, but also because they prepare for this event all year long.

Culture– This is known as “La Ruta Maya” because this was a famous river for our old ancestors (The Mayas) where they used the river for traveling. This is also a path where rich Logwood was exploited by the British. This event spreads awareness with social media locally and internationally.

Advertisement– The canoes are sponsored by all kinds businesses within Belize and abroad. Their logo is sticked or painted on the canoe for advertising purposes.

What do you need to compete?

You will need the following:

1-Three members.
2- Select a division. The race has the following divisions:
*Mixed (male and female)
*Masters (over 40 years of age and may include mix of male and female.

3- Own a canoe with maximum length of 20 feet. It can be constructed with any material and by any method.
4- Three Paddles.

*For safety- the canoe must be at least 25 pounds of buoyancy when in the water.

Where is the Route?

La Ruta Maya

Day 1 – Race commence in San Ignacio/Santa Elena, In the Cayo District at 7 am and terminates in Banana Bank, in Belize District.

Day 2 – Race proceeds in Banana Bank at 6:30 a.m.; the day ends at Double Head Cabbage, Belize District.

Day 3 – Race starts in Double Head Cabbage at 8:00 a.m.; resting in Burrell Boom, Belize District.

Day 4 – Race starts in Burrell Boom at 9:00a.m.; The race ends at Belchina Bridge “Finish Line” in Belize City

There are cash prices and awards handed on a ceremony on day 4.

If you would like to participate; you can contact or send a fax to 1-415-689-2532 (Belize).

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