Exploring Ancient Mayan Ruins in Belize
Step back in time and discover the Mayan history of Belize
Book Top Experiences and Tours in Belize:If youʻre booking your trip to Belize last minute, we have you covered. Below are some of the top tours and experiences!
- Caye Caulker: Hol Chan Marine Reserve 7-Stop Snorkeling Tour
- San Ignacio: Crystal Cave & Blue Hole National Park + Lunch
- From Belize: One-Way Shared Shuttle to San Ignacio
- Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline
- Caye Caulker: 7-Stop Snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef
1. Cahal Pech
Situated near the town of San Ignacio, Cahal Pech is one of the most intriguing ancient Mayan sites in Belize. Explore impressive stone structures, including temples, palaces, and a ball court. Don't miss the panoramic views of the Belize River Valley from the hilltop.
Located near the Guatemalan border, Xunantunich boasts the second tallest Mayan structure in Belize, El Castillo. Marvel at the intricate carvings on the temples and climb to the top for breathtaking views of the surrounding jungle and neighboring Guatemala.
Deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve lies Caracol, the largest Mayan site in Belize. Explore enormous pyramids, intricate stelae, and an ancient ball court. Caracol provides a truly immersive experience by being surrounded by dense jungle, adding an extra layer of adventure.
Nestled amidst the lush rainforests of northern Belize, the ancient city of Lamanai impresses with its imposing pyramids and structures. Embark on a boat ride to reach this remote site and discover fascinating artifacts, such as the iconic Mask Temple.
5. Altun Ha
Just a short drive from Belize City, Altun Ha offers a glimpse into Mayan civilization through its well-preserved structures. Explore the iconic Temple of the Masonry Altars and view stunning jade artifacts, including the famous Jade Head.
6. Actun Tunichil Muknal
Embark on an adventure into the depths of the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave, also known as ATM. This unique site features shimmering stalactites and stalagmites and offers a chance to witness ancient Mayan artifacts, including the eerie crystal-covered skeletal remains of a sacrificed individual.
Located in the far south of Belize, Lubaantun stands out with its distinct architecture, characterized by rounded corners and absence of mortar. Explore the unique layout and explore the mysterious crystal skull, which was famously found at this site.
8. Barton Creek Cave
Embark on a canoeing adventure through the mystical Barton Creek Cave. Paddle deep into the cave and witness mesmerizing stalactites while learning about the ancient Mayan rituals that took place within this sacred site.
9. El Pilar
Straddling the Belize-Guatemala border, El Pilar offers a unique opportunity to explore ruins from both countries. Discover plazas, residential areas, and agricultural terraces while immersing yourself in the lush flora and fauna of the surrounding El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna.
10. Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve
Combine adventure and history by exploring the Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve. Enjoy floating on inner tubes through a network of caves and rivers while admiring Mayan artifacts and formations within the underground realm.