Belize Mayan Archaeological Sites


Travelers who wish to continue ‘La Ruta Maya (the ways of the Mayan culture) has to know that there are some ruins virgin and have rarely been visited Mayan ruins in Belize and surrounding areas.


Lamanai(submerged crocodile) is one of the greatest Mayan centers and, as an archaeological reserve also contains a museum, the remains of two 16th century Spanish churches and a 19th century sugar mill. The site is located along the New River Lagoon in northern Belize and the accommodation is available in local guest houses and jungle lodges.

Altun Ha (Water of the Rock) has two main squares, more than 13 temples and a large jade head of the Sun God Ahau (one of the largest objects carved jademaya). Several tour operators run trips to the site, located near the Belize District and is accessible by public transport. Located in the Chiquibul rainforest Cayo District, Caracol is home to the tallest structure made by man in Belize; Canaa Pyramidrises 43m (140 feet) tall. Although it is difficult to visit during the rainy season, travel and entry permits required can be arranged with travel agencies in Belize

Belize Maya archeological sites
Belize Maya archeological sites

Cerros (Maya Hills) is located on a peninsula overlooking Corozal Bay and consist of three main acropolis dominated by pyramidal structures. The impressive ruins of Xunantunich (Stone Woman) include six beds, 25 temples and palaces, and 43 (130 feet) high ‘The Castle’. To access the site requires taking a bus from 8 miles west of San Ignacio and a ferry on the Mopan River, before walking a further 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) to the base. It is advisable to book the trip through a tour operator or company.