OUR VILLAGE - - Cristo Rey

Located on a high bank above the Macal River and with a population of less than 700, Cristo Rey is the closest village to Table Rock and the home of most of our staff and their families.  The Belizeans living in Cristo Rey are almost exclusively Mestizo (Spanish-Mayan heritage) and grow up speaking Spanish in the home.  English is learned a little while later when mandatory attendance at the village’s only school begins at age four or five.  Most villagers also speak Belizean Creole, a Caribbean mix of English, Spanish, Mayan, and Garifuna languages.

The majority of villagers from Cristo Rey are employed in one way or another by the tourism industry, with the remaining population working for the government, for private individuals, or in agriculture.  Most villagers own their own homes and land in the village, and frequently own additional large plots outside of the village which are used for farming and livestock.

The people of Cristo Rey, Belize are warm and genuine, and respect hard work and family loyalty highly.  Laughter and camaraderie are commonplace throughout the village, and a general air of happiness and contentment cannot be missed as you pass through.  We welcome all our guests to interact with and get to know the members of our staff and to visit their charming village.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.

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