La Ruta Maya

TEAM CHUKKA – Above Left: Miguel Cruz, Safety Officer for Cave Tubing Adventure at Jaguar Paw; Elmer Cruz, Safety Officer for Crystal Cave tour at Jaguar Paw; and Mario Portillo, Safety Officer for the Zipline tour at Jaguar Paw, make up the Chukka team. Seen with them is Maria Echeverria, one of the support crew. Above Right: The Chukka team poses with support crew before taking off.


March 8, 2013 (Belize City, Belize) Chukka was one of 64 teams to hit the water this morning, as the 15th annual La Ruta Maya race kicked off in San Ignacio, Cayo District.

La Ruta Maya goes from West to East over four days, with teams completing certain portions of the route each day. Today’s paddle lasted four to five hours.

Chukka is registered in the male division of the race. Our paddlers are three of our safety officers from the Jaguar Paw Adventure Outpost in Belize. They are Mario Portillo, Elmer Cruz and Miguel Cruz.

The race will end on Monday, March 11, which is National Heroes Day in Belize.

You can follow Team Chukka on their La Ruta Maya adventure through our Facebook ( and Twitter (@ChukkaCaribbean) accounts, where we will provide updates throughout the weekend.

Visit to learn more about Chukka active adventure, culture and leisure tours, and team building.


Founded in 1983, Green Globe Certified Chukka offers 59 tours in Jamaica, Belize and Turks & Caicos. Collectively, the operations delivered over 400,000 adventure tours to cruise and hotel guests in 2011. With a commitment to offer only the highest quality tours with well-trained guides and stringent safety standards, Chukka takes pride in showcasing the natural beauty of the Caribbean through unique and sensational experiences, while providing opportunities for local residents and businesses. The company has received numerous awards including the Porthole Cruise Magazine Best Caribbean Tour Operator 2011 and 2012, as well as the World Travel Award as the “Caribbean’s Leading Tour Company” for the sixth consecutive year. Chukka was also named National Champion at the 2011 Jamaica Tourism Service Excellence Awards. Chukka – Active Adventures, Culture & Leisure and Team Building – It’s Time to Play.

For more information:


Dee Enright

Outside the Cube

Ph: 867-456-7483




Valerie Woods

Chukka Belize

Ph: 501-223-4438



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