Triple falls "discovered" during my charter flight (at the
headwaters of the Bladen River in the Maya Mountains) - the Belize pilot of 35 years
had never seen these.
late 1989 I bought 30 acres
near the Ke'kchi (Maya) community of
Big Falls Village, Belize. The
property, "Heliconia Haven", is
adjacent to the Rio Grande River
and is a long and narrow thirty acres
with four hills and two streams.
In 1995, with considerable Maya
help, I built Cecropia Camp, a thatched roof house
of my design.
All posts, poles, tie
vines and rafters came from the"bush" and the palm thatch from the property. After collecting
for one week, we completed the actual construction of the framing and roof
in 5 days. See
"Maya page 3" under
"Cultures of Belize" for an image.
The framing and roofing is held
together with vines. Later, I bought yemeri lumber for the walls
and decking and did that phase myself with "traditional" hammer and
I have been pleased with the design, with only one closed 9x13 ft. room.
The open deck area is 12x13 ft. and is about 10' above ground.