For travelers who strive to become as immersed in the culture as possible while visiting Mesoamerica, there’s lots of agreement on one topic: mastering the Mayan language is a challenge. While experts in linguistics insist that there are similarities between Mayan and Spanish, others insist Mayan sounds more English!
This debate usually ends when all parties agree that it’s not necessary to have perfect pronunciation when going about a country rich in Maya landmarks like Belize. Even if you’re not exactly articulate when asking for directions to Lubantuum, you’ll be understood since this is one of the most stunning ruins in Southern Belize.
According to Belize’s Institute of Archaeology, Lubantuum is a vast Late Classic ceremonial center that sprawls across 40 acres of jungle and represents a Mayan architectural style that’s found only in Southern Belize. Visit the compound and prepare to be impressed: It’s filled with large pyramids and architectural marvels built of large black slate stone blocks by workers so adroit at construction, no mortar was needed to build walls.
Given this level of foundation mastery, you may find it surprising to learn that structures atop the pyramids were made of perishable materials, thus the English translation for Lubantuum is the appropriately-named “Place of Falling Stones.”
No worries about stones falling on you if you put this impressive Maya city atop your Belize itinerary because you’ll be rewarded the moment you see the handiwork of early 19th century archaeologists who unearthed this complex between 1915 and 1927. These scholars found pottery figures, three carved ball courts, and megalithic terraces. Importantly, Lubantuum was the site of Anna Mitchell-Hodges’ crystal skull discovery.
The right Belize all icnlusive resort makes all the difference
Stay at a Belize all inclusive resort and book a guided tour of Lubantuum and you’ll never have to worry about returning from Belize with your brain filled with unanswered questions. At Belizean Dreams Resort, located in Hopkins Village, guided tours are one of the perks guests enjoy in addition to posh accommodations, gourmet meals, and amenities guaranteed to keep guests engaged when they’re not prowling around ancient Maya cities.
What’s old is new again for tourists who can’t get enough of the past but who never fail to seek out specials so they add value to their vacations. You’ll be delighted to know that Belizean Dreams doesn’t disappoint: current resort offers are as impressive as Lubantuum.