Maya Children's Opportunity Tower
Construction is complete on the Children’s Opportunity Tower, a 100’ observation platform, sitting atop a 1,000’ mountain. Each of the 150 steps up to the top are decorated with mosaic designs made by the local school children. The tourists ride up in vintage British Land Rovers to the tower base, up an extraordinarily steep jungle pathway. The ride itself is thrilling enough, but then you climb the 150 steps to the top of the tower where you are greeted by sweeping vistas of mountains, jungle and small towns, looking like some giant’s playground.
There may be no other place on earth where you can see so much foliage while standing on one spot. It is truly breathtaking and if you are into physical fitness, or simply adventurous, you can walk up to the summit. There are some 900 wooden steps set into the mountain. Most tourists ride up in the Rovers, and then walk down, the walk down is much easier than the walk up. On the way down from the mountain, one may tour the new Herbal Botanical Gardens and learn about traditional healing plants. A few steps further down and you come to the Gibnut or “Royal Rat” enclosure where our guests learn the colorful story of how the “Royal Rat” got its name.