Tourist companies in Belize offer everything from cave tubing to animal tracking, bird watching and the exploration of Mayan ruins.

London - A 2 300-year-old Mayan temple in Belize has been torn down to use as hardcore for a road-building project. The Noh Mul temple stands on private land but under Belizean law, any archaeological sites that pre-date colonial times are given protected status by the government.

Dr John Morris of the Belizean Institute of Archaeology told the 7 News channel: “It is incredible that someone would have the gall to destroy this building. There is no way they would not know that these are Maya mounds.”

The company behind the destruction is owned by a local politician. Police are investigating and are said to be considering bringing criminal charges against those responsible. - The Independent