Belize is a small country: 180 miles long and 68 miles wide at its widest. It’s only been an independent country since 1981 – before then it was British Honduras, a colony of Great Britain. The population is only 333,0000, and it receives well over a million tourists a year. The big question is, “can the booming travel industry preserve the country’s precious natural resources and generate the income to alleviate its social ills?” (Lonely Planet). A working strategy seems to be the rise of ecotourism and the revival of Mayan culture. Over 40% of Belize is under some form of protective status, including 80% of its rainforests. There are over 600 Mayan sites scattered throughout the country and lots of archeological work underway. However, waterfront is being bought up by foreigners and hotels and villas are being built at a tremendous rate. A few entrepreneurs have made big money, but 43% of the population live below the poverty line.