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Belize Maya Ruin
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Mundo Maya (The Mayan World) covered parts of Mexico and Honduras, and all of El Salvador, Guatemala and Belize during a period of 3000 years, and their ancestors are still an important part of the diverse ethnic groups and cultures of Belize.   The ancient Belize Maya cities and temples of offer the traveler a glimpse into this rich and fascinating existence.  There are fourteen accessible Belize Maya sites.  Here is a sample.

IN THE CAYO DISTRICT

XUNANTUNICH

Xunantunich meaning “maiden of the rock” or stone woman in Maya is located between San Ignacio and Benque Viejo del Carman on the Western Highway across the river from the village of San Jose Succotz.  It is a classic ceremonial center with a ball court, and there are two temples in this spectacular site, with El Castillo rising to 130 feet making it one of the tallest Mayan structures in the country.

CAHAL PECH

Cahal Pech sits in a lush jungle environment located right in the town of San Ignacio and is very easy to access. This beautiful site contains thirty four structures, two ballcourts, eight stelae and one alter, and was the palatial home of an elite Maya family and contains a royal tomb.

CARACOL

Caracol  located 55 miles south of San Ignacio in the foothills of the Maya Mountains is the largest known site in Belize.  This hugs site contains 25 stalae and 28 alters and at one time contained a population of over 100,000.

EL PILAR

El Pilar located abut ten miles from San Ignacio and only thirty two miles from Tikal in Guatamala .  This site, which is only partially open to the public covers five thousand acres, one-half of which are in Belize and one-half of which are in Guatamala.  During it’s peak period it housed more than 20,000 people.  It is located high above the valley, and has beautiful views.

 

BELIZE DISTRICT

ALTUN HA

Altun Ha located 31 miles north of Belize City and is home to two hundred species of birds and a multitude of other wildlife.  This was a wealthy ceremonial center and is very close to the sea.   There are no stelae at this site, but there are rich tombs where a large carved jade pendant and a carved Jade head were excavated.

ORANGEWALK DISTRICT

LAMANAI

Lamanai meaning “submerged crocodile” located in the northern part of Belize and is quite often accessed by way of the New River Lagoon by boat which offers the traveler an opportunity to see many species of water birds, crocodiles and iguanas.  This site is especially interesting because there is evidence of three distinct cultures:  Maya, Spanish and British.

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