Ancient Maya Sites
Belize is home to some of the oldest known Mayan ruins, cultural treasures, and archaeological sites. Head back to the mainland to visit these incredible sites.
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What to bring:
- Comfortable Shoes
- Bug Spray
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Altun Ha, a major ceremonial center occupied during the classic period of the ancient Mayan civilization.
Located just 31 miles north of Belize City, this site features the Temple of the Sun God, where the famous jade carving was discovered, and the Temple of the Masonry Altars, standing 16 meters high (52 feet).
With a knowledgeable guide, you can hike above the monumental structures and enjoy the views of the surrounding jungle while learning about the local Mayan way of life.
Lamanai is a Mesoamerican archaeological site and was once a major city of the Maya civilization, located in northern Belize, in the Orange Walk District.
Visit the Jaguar Temple, the High Temple, and the Ball court where the Maya played their famous ballgame.
Guides also point out various trees and plants (copal, ramon, cotton, allspice), which played a significant role, medicinally and as a food source, to the Maya in ancient times.
A short ferry ride across the Mopan River will take you to the ancient Maya archaeological site Xunantunich.
Your expert guide will teach you about the old Maya civic ceremonial center as you tour the temple.
Located on the highest plateau in the area, a climb to the top will reward you with a panoramic view of Belize and even Guatemala.
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