The Marco Gonzalez Reserve
and the MAVE Center
Located on Ambergris Caye, the Marco Gonzalez Reserve is unlike any Maya Ruin in Belize. Ancient Maya Civilizations were known for their remarkable trade system, and Marco Gonzalez was an important hub in a thriving maritime trade system that moved goods down the Yucatan coast all the way through Central America. This trading post, 5 miles south of San Pedro Town, is thought to have been active from 100 B.C.E. until about 1500 C.E. and consisted of at least 49 known structures. The site is open to tourists, and guides may be arranged.
Fundraising is now underway to construct a visitor's and education center at the site. The Maya Archaeological Visitor's and Education (MAVE) Center will be a state of the art facility that complements the Marco Gonzalez Reserve by promoting the history of the Maya people on Ambergris Caye and offering an interactive educational experience for tourists and locals alike.