YAXHA And The SHOOTING OF SURVIVOR
The department of the Petén, to the north of Guatemala, is famous by its extensive forests, which conjugate in unique and mysterious form a great wealth of ecological and archaeological values. The combination of colors, sounds, landscapes, history and archaeology is unique in the world.
In order to protect and to handle this treasure sustainable, in 1990 it is created the Reserve of the Mayan Biosphere, the area protected greater of Mesoamérica and in the middle of which the Natural Monument Yaxhá-Nakúm-Naranjo is located, with a diversity of flora, fauna, humedales and archaeological sites until now little explored.
The lagoon of Yaxhá, with its turquesa color, is the more important water body within the Natural Monument and is divided of the lagoon of Sacnab by a filling of 4 km Along with these lagoons, the Natural Monument Yaxhá, includes rivers that the watered down area like the Ixtinto and the Holmul, humedales feed and, propitious zones for the reproduction of several species of plants and animals >.
(descripcio'n of the Web site of Yaxha ')
The archaeological wealth, combined with a medio.ambiente riquísimo in flora and tropical fauna, makes of Yaxhá a unique place in all the planet. But in addition to only in the world, it is the representation nearest the ideal which we have the humans in our present of the ecological paradise, at the moment extremely attractive for world-wide the tourist movements.
The shooting of program SURVIVOR Guatemala, to be made in Yaxhá, during several weeks and the transmission during several months of the series, as well as the creation of a Web site on the same one, which will even remain after to have finished the series of television, will give to Guatemala an enormous advertising exhibition him in all the planet, and coverall in a hearing target, of people that interests the medio.ambiente, the ecology, the fauna, the flora, the adventure and archaeology to them, present elements in this wonderful national park of Guatemala.
The value of this diffusion is incalculable for a country that has centered its strategy of growth, partly in the development of the ecoturismo, the archaeological tourism and the tourism of adventure. The advantages of this shooting are than evident more and the convenience for the country is without doubt, enormous.
Certain ideological groups were against to the accomplishment of the shooting of the series, adducing a damage to the medioambiente, which is sincerely ridiculous. We considered that sixty people who comprise of the shooting, could not make no damage excellent, to a space that was occupied by thousands of inhabitants during its golden age, in the century sixth of ours was. This minimum amount of people cannot either be compared with the million visitors who go to pyramids of Chichen Itzá or Teotihuacán in Mexico or those of Gizah, in Egypt every year. It must have rules, of course, but be against to the accomplishment of this shooting of this nature, had failed to take advantage of an opportunity of incalculable benefits for the Central American country, every time it locates it in the world before the eyes of potential visitors like a natural paradise.
It is necessary to indicate that the protected area of Petén, department where is Yaxhá, is in extension, than all the territory of Costa Rica greater, is in fact the most extensive forest of the North hemisphere, because other selváticas zones are in the south of the planet, the Amazon or Southeast Asia. In addition, one is a low earth forest, very different from the reserves of Costa Rica that are in rainy mountainous zones, reason why the type of fauna and flora is only and different. One calculates that a great percentage of the biodiversity of the planet is in this zone.
YAXHA And The SHOOTING OF SURVIVOR - PART II
BY: Jorge Carpio Arrivillaga
The greater wealth of the region constitutes the fact to count with a twenty of ruins of Mayan cities between which they emphasize: Black Tikal, Uaxactún, Stones, Seibal, the Viewpoint, Naranjo, Altar of Sacrifices and YAXHA. Many of these Mayan cities not yet have been studied by archaeologists, reason why they keep buried secret from a mysterious and millenarian history, as well as important archaeological rest, works of art, vasijas, tombs etc.
Luckyly, the movements against the accomplishment of SURVIVOR Guatemala were not successful. Nevertheless, it is possible to become the following reflection: Guatemala must worry to obtain consensus at least in the most evident subjects for its development, among them the tourism. All the groups, concerning their ideology do not have to agree at least in the basic thing. It is necessary to be well clear in indicating that the tourist activity is a true generator of wealth and at the same time it allows a great distribution of the same one between great social sectors. From the tourism they benefit, not only the companies traditionally considered tourist, like hotels, restaurants, stores, air lines, terrestrial transportation, crafts. Even the product consumption in general, increases, when being increased in general the consumption. The Talvez, most important, is than the tourism benefits the communities from the rear area, near the attraction centers. In the case of the Petén, to a territory that has been forgotten by its distance by many governments in the past or the western plateau of Guatemala where they inhabit the indigenous communities. This benefit repels in the standard of life of all the inhabitants of these zones blessed by its beauty, its nature and its enormous etnológica, archaeological and historical wealth. He is something that Guatemala has and nobody more.
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