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Belize Mayan Sites, Mayan Ruins in Belize, Mayan Belize Excursion
August 12, 2017 – 10:51 am
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Lamanai Mayan ruinsIn addition to the restored ruins currently found in Belize such as Altun Ha, Caracol, Lamanai, Nim Li Punit, and Xunantunich, other large sites await exploration in the remote jungles throughout Belize. Many of these are known, but many remain undiscovered and expeditions continue each year. Belize caves are also known for the Mayan treasures that have been found deep within the earth. Caves were held sacred by the Mayans, and many contain ceremonial altars, religious carvings, and the remains of sacrificial victims.

Large communities of ethnic Mayans are found in western and southern Belize to this day, where they have lived for 2000 years.

Organizing Your Own Tour of Belize Mayan Ruins

First you will need a map of Belize that includes the major Mayan ruins in the country. You can order one from us on the form below. Then you need to decide which ruins you wish to visit. Finally, you locate these ruins on the map. Tours of ruins are arranged through lodges in the areas of the country from which they are accessed.Cahal Pech ruins, Belize Below is a table to the major Mayan ruins in the country, and where they would be accessed from.


Regions/Towns for Ruin Access

Belize City

Orange Walk

San Ignacio


Punta Gorda

Xunantunich Mayan ruin, BelizeEssential Ruins Lamanai
Tikal (in Guatemala)
Other Excellent Ruins Altun Ha
El Pilar
Cahal Pech
Nim Li Punit
Small but Notable La Milpa
Santa Rita
Chan Chich

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"Place of Ticks"

Cahal Pech overlooks the town of San Ignacio in Western Belize. This interesting Mayan royal acropolis-palace has undergone extensive restoration. Cahal Pech means “place of ticks” in modern-day Maya, and refers to the fact that the surrounding area was once used as pasture land, although this was the dwelling of a great family. Cahal Pech was occupied around 1000 BC and abandoned 200 years later.

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