If youÂve never been to Belize, there's a perfect way you can now experience its natural beauty - before you come for a visit.Â You need only view ÂHeavenly BelizeÂ. Â Marius JovaiÂa first published this stunning book in 2009.Â It was recently updated.Â But this time he also created a teaser U-Tube video to showcase a selection of the spectacular aerial photos included in his book.
This visually engaging photographic journey is a pleasant way to take a quick trip through our diverse little countryÂ But first, hereÂs a bit of insight into Marius' perception of Belize:
"I have been fortunate enough to visit many countries in the world. While each has its distinctive charms, I have to confess that Belize is as unique a place as I have ever seen. I hope that in this book I have successfully conveyed the country's special attraction. Have an inspiring flight above Heavenly Belize!
Using an ultra-light aircraft, originally designed for National Geographic assignments in Africa, Marius traveled the length and breadth of Belize.Â He was able to capture images ranging from towering jungle covered mountains and ancient Mayan cities to the 400 foot deep Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef.
How a Belizean Love Affair BeganÂ
MariusÂ love affair with Belize began with an invitation from an old friend heÂd met in Hawaii. Â Having relocated to Belize, his friend invited him to visit Â and to take some aerial photos.
By the time he returned from his first trip in the summer of 2008, Marius was compelled to Â create a photographic record of his experience.Â After viewing the beauty of Belize from the cockpit of a soaring ultra-light aircraft, he couldn't help but share his vision with the world.
Even though Belize is a small country, a single two week visit wasnÂt enough to produce a comprehensive book. So he returned in several months.Â He has returned again and againÂ Each stay put him in closer touch with a collection of incredibly friendly, sincere and diverse Belizean people. Â He was inspired.
The photos in his book embody his inspiration.Â He seeks to paint a picture of Belize as both Caribbean and Central AmericanÂ with dashes of Europe and Asia thrown into the mix. With pine forests resembling those of Canada, limestone hills reminiscent of Thailand and green lakes evoking memories of his fatherÂs Lithuania, he perceives Belize as a country that puts forward many different faces. With undisturbed rainforests, enormous cave systems and the hemisphereÂs longest barrier reef, MariusÂ goal was to capture how Belize offers visitors a mind-boggling variety of worlds to endlessly explore.
From Lithuania to BelizeÂ
Marius is a photographer, publisher, and an author of documentary films.Â He isnÂt BelizeanÂ He was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. ÂHeavenly BelizeÂ is his second big album of aerial pictures .Â His first book, ÂUnseen LithuaniaÂ, was published in 2008.Â It became a bestselling book. MariusÂ photographic exhibitions have been displayed in Australia, the USA, Canada, Argentina, Japan, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, France and many other countries.
Marius is also trained as a historian.Â So it was a meaningful discovery for him to learn of BelizeÂs Mayan heritage. Â Less well known than those found in neighboring Mexico and Guatemala, the ancient cities of Belize lie more subtly hidden from view. He hopes that his photographs of these magnificent stone temples rising from the jungle floor will convey the same sense of awe that he felt while flying over them.
How to Obtain a "Free" Belize Manual
More than likely, after viewing Heavenly Belize, you'll be interested in learning more about visiting, living or retiring in Belize. Â For a copy of Grand Baymen Belize's free Belize Handbook - Just click here...