Belize Mayan Ruin Tours
Explore the ancient world of the Mayas through the Belize Mayan Ruin tours offered by Belizean Dreams.
Xunantunich Mayan Ruin Tour
With a 3-hour drive up to Cayo, Belize’s most western district, you will first travel on the Hummingbird Highway which is considered to be the most scenic drive in Belize. You will pass many small villages as well as the nation’s capital, Belmopan. The Western Highway then takes you through the bustling market town of San Ignacio, which sits high above the Macal River. The journey continues west where you will cross the Mopan River in a hand cranked ferry to access the large Mayan archeological site known as Xunantunich (pronounced shu-nan-tu-nitch) or Stone Maiden. This fascinating ruin has several plazas and a large selection of classic period structures. It is a major ceremonial center situated high on a limestone ridge. Those ambitious enough to hike to the top of El Castillo, the tallest structure on the site, will be rewarded with panoramic views of both Belize and Guatemala.
This tour is a part of our inclusive packages and can be booked on Wednesdays. Click for tour schedule.
Full day (approx. 8 hours)
Remember to bring:
Bug repellent, hat, camera, binoculars, sturdy hiking shoes and water bottles.
Join us as we venture further south to Toledo District, Belize’s most southern district. Our first stop will be at the Belize Spice Farm and Botanical Garden that started 20 years ago. Here we will take a one hour guided tour getting to see the country’s largest vanilla and black pepper farms as well as teak, mahogany (the national tree), rosewood and sandalwood trees.
After we leave the spice farm, we continue further south to the Maya Archaeological site, Nim Li Punit. This site is well known for the amount of stele found there. In Kekchi Maya, Nim Li Punit translates to “The Big Hat” which is named for the longest stele depicting a figure wearing a large headdress. Nim Li Punit is located at the foothills of the Maya Mountains within the drainage basin of the Rio Grande. Many beautiful vistas can be seen from here.
Before visiting Lubaantun, the largest Mayan Archaeological site in southern Belize, we stop in Big Falls Village for a delicious lunch. Lubaantun is known for its unusual style of construction; no visible mortar binds the limestone blocks together! It is believed that the strength of each structure lies in every hand-cut stone, which demanded precise measurements and shapes to fit snugly to its neighboring block.
Join us on this tour to learn about the Mayan culture and civilization as well as to experience the aromatic tour of the spice farm.
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