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San Pedro Belize Tours

Guide to San Pedro Belize tours and San Pedro Belize scuba diving. Belize adventure tour company offering private tours from San Pedro Belize. We operate on the mainland of Belize. Some of the tours we offer from San are as follow: mayan ruins tours from San Pedro, Belize, cave tubing, zipline, Belize zoo, cave tubing and zipline, xunantunich and cave tubing from San Pedro, altun ha and cave tubing, xunantunich and Belize zoo, and jungle Horseback riding, just to name a few. All visitors staying in San Pedro, Belize need to board one of the early water taxi or flights to Belize City. One of our representatives will meet you with a sign that reads your name. For more information visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

Private Water Taxi Belize City To San Pedro

Guide to private water taxi Belize City to san pedro and Belize City to San Pedro water taxi. Belize adventure tour company offering private tours to visitors staying in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and Caye Caulker. Some of the tours we offer are as follow: Xunantunich and cave tubing, cave tubing and zipline, cave tubing and horseback riding, Xunantunich and Belize Zoo, just to name a few. Visitors staying on the Islands are asked to board one of the early water taxi to Belize City. One of our representatives will meet you with a sign that reads your name. For details about our tours visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

Ambergris Caye Tours

Guide to Ambergris Caye tours and things to do in Ambergris Caye. Ambergris Caye adventure tour company offering private mainland tours from Ambergris Caye. Some of our Ambergris Caye tours include Cave Tubing, Zipline, Belize Zoo, Belize Baboon Sanctuary, Jungle Horseback Riding, Cave Tubing and Zipline, Cave Tubing and Belize Zoo, Cave Tubing and Jungle Horseback Riding, Cave Tubing and Altun Ha Mayan Ruins, Xunantunich and Cave Tubing, Xunantunich and Belize Zoo, Xunantunich and Zipline, Cave Tubing, Zipline, and Xunantunich Mayan Ruins just to name a few. All of our tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://ambergriscayetours.bravesites.com

Belize Travel

Guide to Belize travel and Belize travel vacation tour packages. Belize is a nation on the eastern coast of Central America, with Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. Offshore, the massive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands called cayes, hosts rich marine life. Belize’s jungle areas are home to Mayan ruins like Caracol, renowned for its towering pyramid; lagoon-side Lamanai; and Altun Ha, just outside Belize City.
Belize adventure tour company offering private jungle tours throughout the country of Belize. We accommodate groups of all size and ages. Some of the adventure tours we offer are as follow: cave tubing, zip line, altun ha mayan ruins, Belize Baboon Sanctuary, Belize Zoo, cave tubing and zip line, xunantunich ruins, just to name a few. All of our adventure tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://jaguarpawbelize.bravesites.com/

Placencia Belize Tours

Guide to Placencia Belize tours and Placencia tours. Belize adventure tour company offering private tours from Placencia, Belize. Some of the Placencia tours we offer are as follow: Cave Tubing and Zipline, Cave Tubing, Zipline, Xunantunich and Cave Tubing, and Cave Tubing and Belize Zoo just to name a few. All of our Placencia tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

Nohoch Che'en Zipline

Guide to Nohoch Che'en zipline and Nohoch Ce'en cave tubing. Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve offering private zipline tours. Our zipline tour can be combined with cave tubing to create a day of fun adventure. All of our tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com/nohoch-che-en-zip-line

Belize City Tours

Guide to Belize City tours and Belize City tours excursions. Belize City adventure tour company offering private tours. Some of the tours we offer from Belize City are as follow:

  • Altun Ha and Belize City Tour
  • Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Belize Baboon Sanctuary
  • Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Belize Zoo
  • Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing
  • Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Ziline
  • Belize Zoo and Belize City Tour
  • Belize City Cave Tubing
  • Belize City Cave Tubing and Zipline
  • Belize City Cave Tubing and Belize Zoo
  • Belize City Cave Tubing and Belize Baboon Sanctuary
  • Cave Tubing and Zipline With Lunch
  • Belize City Cave Tubing and Jungle Atv
  • Belize City Zipline and Jungle Atv
  • Adventure From Belize City
  • Xunantunich and Cave Tubing From Belize City
  • Atm Cave Tour From Belize City
  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins Tour From Belize City
  • Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

Unlike most tour companies in Belize City, we offer strictly private tours. We do free hotel pick up in the Belize City area. All of our tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups.  For more information visit our website: http://jaguarpawbelize.bravesites.com

Jaguar Paw Belize

Guide to Belize city tours, Jaguar Paw Belize, Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing, Jaguar Paw Zipline, Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing and Jungle Zipline, and Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing and Jungle Trek With Lunch. Jaguar Paw Park Outpost offering private jungle tours throughout the country of Belize. We offer our private jungle tours and rainforest tours to visitors staying in Ambergris Caye, Belize City, Belmopan, San Ignacio, San Pedro Belize, Caye Caulker, St. George’s Caye, Dangriga, Hopkins, and Placencia. Some of the jungle tours we offer are as follow:

All of our jungle tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. We do free hotel pick up from most locations and destinations in Belize. Visit our website: http://jaguarpawbelize.bravesites.com

Jaguar paw cave tubing and jungle zipline

Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing and jungle zipline

Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing and jungle zipline  

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Cave Tubing Near Ambergris Caye

Nohoch Che’en Cave Tubing From Ambergris Caye

Guide to cave tubing near Ambergris Caye and cave tubing near Belize City. Nohoch Che’en Cave offers the only cave tubing in Belize and the best cave tubing in Belize. Nohoch Che’en Cave has been the only provider of cave tubing in Belize. All tour companies in Belize come to Nohoch Che’en to do their cave tubing. So, book your cave tubing directly with us and we will give you the true experience of a educational and fun tour. With the experience of being the pioneers of cave tubing since 1974, we have put together some cave tubing combo tours to help you save whilst having a fun time. Some of these combo tours are listed below:

  • Cave Tubing and Zipline
  • Cave Tubing and Belize Zoo
  • Cave Tubing and Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
  • Cave Tubing and Altun Ha Mayan Ruins
  • Cave Tubing, Zipline, and Altun Ha Mayan Ruins
  • Cave Tubing, Zipline, and Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
  • Cave Tubing and Jungle Horseback Riding
  • Cave Tubing and Jungle Atv
  • Cave Tubing and Belize Baboon Sanctuary
  • Cave Tubing, Zipline, and Jungle Horseback Riding

We do free hotel pick up from most locations on the mainland of Belize. Visitors staying on the Islands need to board one of the early water taxi to Belize City or flight to Belize City. One of our representatives will meet you with a sign that reads your name.

We also allow you to drive to our facility to participate in cave tubing and zipline.

Just to make things clear, we offer our cave tubing to visitors staying in Ambergris Caye, San Pedro Belize, Caye Caulker, St. George’s Caye, Belize City, Belmopan, Dangriga, Placencia,  San Ignacio, and Hopkins. Our cave tubing tour is a family friendly activity and can be done by most age groups. The youngest allowed is 5 years old. If not 5 years old he/ she needs to be 40 inches tall. For details visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

Cave Tubing and Zipline Adventure From Belize City

Nohoch Che’en Cave Tubing and Zipline Adventure From Belize City Is The Way To Go!

Just got home from a fun vacation in Belize. We stayed at The Great House Inn for 3 nights and the accommodation was great. I was with a group of 11 divers who wanted to experience the mainland before going to San Pedro. We decided on cave tubing and zipline adventure from Belize City. We called this company and our reservation was accepted. Floyd, our tour guide was at the hotel at 7:30 to pick us up.

We boarded the van and off we went. It was a slow drive through the City as Floyd talked about the history of Belize City. As we drove to the zipline site Floyd told us about the cultures of Belize. The drive was about an hour. We were assisted with the zipline gears and hiked 3 minutes to start the zipline tour. This was scary at first. Especially when zipping over the river. After the zipline we drove about 5 minutes to the cave tubing park. When we got there we were issued a lifevest, inner tube, and head lamps. 

As we hiked Floyd pointed out Medicinal Plants and told us about its use. He also explained the use of the caves to us. As we were being towed through the caves, Floyd pointed out formations in the caves. The cave tubing was refreshing and relaxing. After the cave tubing we did lunch at a local restaurant. We were served rice and bean with chicken. It is the best chicken I ever ate.

I highly recommend this company for the great services they gave us. I HAVE TO SAY A SPECIAL  THANK YOU FOR THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TAKEN TO KEEP US SAFE FROM  COVID19 WHILST IN YOUR CARE.

Gena and group

Blue Hole Excursions From Ambergris Caye

Guide to blue hole excursions from Ambergris Caye and blue hole Belize prices. Belize adventure tour company offering private mainland tours from Ambergris Caye. Packages for mainland tours include Mayan Ruins, jungle tours, wildlife sanctuaries, and caving tours. Come explore the mainland of Belize and allow us entertain you with educational and fun tours. For details visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

Belize Private Transfers

Guide to Belize private transfers, Belize shuttle to San Ignacio, Taxi from Belize City to San Ignacio, and shuttle from Belize airport to San Ignacio. Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve proudly announces that we are now offering private transfers and shuttle services to San Ignacio. We do pick up from Belize City airport and Belize International Airport. We accommodate groups of all ages and size.

Depending on your time of arrival, you may be able to do cave tubing or zipline tours on the way to San Ignacio.

Feel free to call us to schedule a private transfer: 011-501-633-1213

 

Belize International Airport To San Ignacio

Belize International Airport to San Ignacio. We at Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve hereby welcome you to Belize. Allow us to make your travel and vacation to Belize one of the most memorable vacation and travel you call have ever had.

Nohoch Che’en is known to offer the best cave tubing in Belize. Nohoch Cave Tubing, through the years is known to be the most popular tour in Belize. Some visitors trying to save would normally combine cave tubing and zipline creating an exciting tour package.

So, if you are traveling from Belize International Airport to San Pedro, San Ignacio, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Belize City, Placencia, Dangriga, St. George’s Caye, and Santa Elena, stop in at  Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve for a firsthand experience of Hohoch Che’en Cave Tubing and Zipline.

We do free hotel pick up on the mainland of Belize. Visitors staying in Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Caye Caulker, and St. George’s Caye need to board one of the early water taxi or flights to Belize City to participate in our activities. For more information visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

 

 

Belize City Tours

Guide to Belize City tours and things to do in Belize City. Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve hereby announces that we are now offering private Belize City tours. Some of the tours and excursions from Belize City are as follow:

  • Belize City Cave Tubing
  • Belize City Zipline
  • Belize City Cave Tubing and Zipline
  • Altun Ha and Cave Tubing Tour From Belize City
  • Xunantunich and Cave Tubing From Belize City
  • ATM Cave Tour From Belize City
  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins Tour From Belize City
  • Xunantunich and Belize Zoo
  • Altun Ha and Baboon Sanctuary

All of our private tours from Belize City are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com/nohoch-che-en-atv-mayan-ruins--horseback-riding-

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Altun Ha and Nohoch Che'en Cave Tubing Tour From Belize City

Guide to Altun Ha and Nohoch Che’en Cave Tubing from Belize City and Altuun Ha and cave tubing tour from Belize City. Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve offering private altun ha and cave tubing tour from Belize City. Our altun ha and cave tubing tour is family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

 

Nohoch Che'en Cave Tubing From Ambergris Caye

Guide to belize nohoch che'en caves branch cave tubing excursion from Ambergris Caye and Ambergris Caye cave tubing. Our Ambergris Caye cave tubing can be combined with the following activities to create a full day of fun:

  • Altun Ha Mayan Ruins
  • Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
  • Zipline
  • Belize Zoo
  • Belize Baboon Sanctuary
  • Jungle Horseback Riding
  • Jungle Atv

These are just some of the tours we offer. All of our tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

 

Nohoch Che'en Tours From Belize City

Guide to Nohoch Che’en tours from Belize City and Belize City tours. Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve Belize offering private tours from Belize City. Some of our most popular tours are as follow:

  • Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing and Jungle Zipline
  • Xunantunich and Cave Tubing
  • Xunantunich, Cave Tubing, and Zipline
  • Cave Tubing
  • Jungle Zipline
  • Xunantunich and Belize Zoo
  • Altun Ha and Belize Baboon Sanctuary
  • Lamanai Ruins
  • Cave Tubing and Jungle Horseback Riding
  • Xunantunich and Jungle Horseback Riding

These are only some of the jungle tours we offer to visitors staying in Belize City. All of our tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

 

Belize Small Group Tours

Guide to Belize small group tours and Belize City small group tours. Belize adventure tour company offering private tours. Some of our most popular tours are as follow:

  • Altun Ha and Cave Tubing
  • Cave Tubing and Zipline
  • Cave Tubing, Zipline, and Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
  • Jungle Horseback Riding and Cave Tubing
  • Xunantunich and Cave Tubing
  • Altun Ha and Baboon Sanctuary
  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins
  • Zipline
  • Cave Tubing

These are just a few tours to mention. All of our tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

Mainland Tours From Caye Caulker

Guide to mainland tours from Caye Caulker and mainland tours from Ambergris Caye. Belize adventure tour company offering private tours. Some of our most popular tours are as follow:

  • Altun Ha and Cave Tubing
  • Cave Tubing and Zipline
  • Cave Tubing, Zipline, and Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
  • Jungle Horseback Riding and Cave Tubing
  • Xunantunich and Cave Tubing
  • Altun Ha and Baboon Sanctuary
  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins
  • Zipline
  • Cave Tubing

These are just a few tours to mention. All of our tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

San Ignacio Travel Forums

Guide to San Ignacio travel forums and Belize travel forums. Belize adventure tour company offering private tours. Some of our most popular tours are as follow:

  • Altun Ha and Cave Tubing
  • Cave Tubing and Zipline
  • Cave Tubing, Zipline, and Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
  • Jungle Horseback Riding and Cave Tubing
  • Xunantunich and Cave Tubing
  • Altun Ha and Baboon Sanctuary
  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins
  • Zipline
  • Cave Tubing

These are just a few tours to mention. All of our tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

The Great House Inn

Guide to The Great House Inn and Radisson Belize City. Belize adventure tour company offering private jungle tours and Mayan ruins tours. Some of our most popular tours are as follow:

  • Cave Tubing
  • Zip Line
  • Cave Tubing and Zip Line
  • Altun Ha and Cave Tubing
  • Xunantunich and Cave Tubing
  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins
  • Cave Tubing and Belize Zoo
  • Altun Ha and Belize Baboon Sanctuary
  • Jungle Horseback Riding
  • Jungle Horseback Riding and Cave Tubing
  • Jungle Horseback Riding and Zip Line

All of our tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. We do free pick up from The Great House Inn. For more information visit our website: http://nohochchencavesbrancharchaeologicalreserve.bravesites.com

Things To Do In San Pedro Belize

Guide to things to do in San Pedro Belize and things to do in Ambergris Caye. Belize adventure tour company offering private mainland tours. Some the top things to do in San Pedro Belize  are as follow:

  • Xunantunich and cave tubing
  • Cave tubing
  • Zipline
  • Jungle horseback riding
  • Lamanai Mayan ruins
  • Altun ha Mayan ruins
  • Cave tubing and zip line
  • Horseback riding and cave tubing
  • Altun ha and baboon sanctuary
  • Altun ha and cave tubing
  • Xunantunich and Belize zoo
  • Horseback riding and Belize zoo

All of our day trips from San Pedro Belize are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://xunantunichandcavetubingbelize.bravesites.com

Belize Shore Excursions Reviews

Guide to Belize shore excursions reviews and Belize City shore excursions reviews. Belize adventure tour company offering private shore excursions to visitors cruising on Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Princess Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line. Some of the best things to do in Belize on a cruise are as follow:

Best Shore Excursions In Belize

  • Belize cave tubing and zip line with kids and adults
  • Belize zipline
  • Altun ha and cave tubing
  • Altun ha and Belize baboon sanctuary
  • Xunantunich Mayan Ruins with lunch
  • Belize cave tubing with lunch
  • Belize crystal cave tubing and zipline with lunch
  • Altun ha ruins and Belize City tour
  • Belize zoo and Belize City tour
  • Belize cave tubing and jungle horseback riding
  • Jungle horseback riding and zipline

Belize Cave Tubing Weight Limit: We have been doing cave tubing in Belize with people over 300 pounds without a problem.

Belize Cave Tubing Age Restrictions: Kids are welcome to participate in cave tubing. The child needs to be 5 years old or 40 inches tall.

The above mentioned shore excursions are just a few things to do at Belize Cruise Port. All of our private shore excursions are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://mayaruins.bravesites.com

Belize City Tours Excursions | Belize City Tours

Guide to Belize City tours excursions and Belize excursions. Belize City adventure tour company offering private excursions. Some of our most popular shore excursions are as follow: cave tubing, xunantunich and cave tubing, cave tubing and zip line, altun ha maya ruins and cave tubing, Belize baboon sanctuary and altun ha maya ruins, just to name a few. All of our excursions are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website : http://jaguarpawbelizecavetubingandjunglezipline.bravesites.com/

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Airbnb Belize City | Belize City Hotels

Airbnb Belize City Kings Park – Airbnb Belize City - Belize City adventure tour company offering private tours. Some of our most popular tours are as follow: cave tubing, zipline, cave tubing and xunantunich mayan ruins, altun ha and baboon sanctuary, cave tubing and zipline, and lamanai ruins, just to name a few. We do free pick up from airbnb Belize City Kiings Park. All of our tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://thumbsuptoursbelize.bravesites.com

Ambergris Caye Luxury Resorts

Ambergris Caye Belize adventure tour company offering personalize tour services on the mainland of Belize. Some of our most popular tours from Ambergris Caye Belize are as follow: cave tubing and zipline, lamanai mayan ruins, xunantunich and cave tubing, altun ha and cave tubing, xunantunich and Belize zoo, just to name a few. All of our tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://thumbsuptoursbelize.bravesites.com

Belize City Cave Tubing and Zipline | $100.00 | Belize City Tours

Our Belize City cave tubing and zipline is designed to lasts approximately 5.5 hours. It’s one of the most exciting activities that Belize has to offer. Cave tubing and zipline can be combined with: jungle atv, xunantunich mayan ruins, altun ha mayan ruins, Belize zoo, and, baboon sanctuary. Our cave tubing and zipline is family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information, visit our website: http://thumbsuptoursbelize.bravesites.com

Cave Tubing San Ignacio | $70.00 | Cave Tubing Belize

San Ignacio adventure tour company offering private cave tubing. Our cave tubing can be combined with xunantunich mayan ruins, cahal pech mayan ruins, Belize zoo, zipline, and cave tubing. Kids are welcome to participate. All kids need to be 5 years old or 40 inches tall. All of our tours are family friendly and can be done by most age groups. For more information visit our website: http://jaguarpawbelizecavetubingandjunglezipline.bravesites.com

Maya Ruins

 

Altun Ha

“Water on the Rock”

Altun Ha Mayan ruin

Located 34 miles north of Belize City and 10 miles from the Caribbean Sea, Altun Ha is the easist Mayan ruin to get to. Many day tours visit this site due to its proximity and easy access. Occupied for over 1200 years until the Classic Maya collapse around 900 AD, Altun Ha’s population peaked at about 10,000; about triple current populations within a 20 mile radius of the site today. Trade was likely an important aspect of the daily life here, as this site is one of the most accessible to the sea. This theory has been reinforced by the discovery of artifacts from as far away as Panama.

The core of the site consists of two plazas and 13 structures, although over 500 buildings have been found associated wtih Altun Ha. The core structures have been extensively restored, and a magnificent tomb was discovered beneath one of these structures. Dating from approximately 550 AD, the Temple of the Green Tomb is a burial chamber containing jade pendants, beads, and earrings, stingray spines, obsidian rings, and jaguar hides. The most exciting find so far has been the remains of a Mayan codex.

The Temple of the Masonry Altars is the largest structure at Altun Ha . This temple is especially famous because it is featured on the Belikin Beer label (Belize’s own beer). This structure had been covered over with an even larger building, and expanded a least 8 times since it’s initial creation in 500 A.D. Seven layers were found, with the most impressive being the earliest tomb within the center of the ruin. Within the crypt a jade head which represents the Mayan sun god was found along with the remains of the body entombed there. This priceless jade object weighs about 10 pounds and is 6 inches in height. A replica can be seen in the Museum of Belize in Belize City. It is the largest jade object ever found in the Maya world.

Visitors can easily walk along a short trail from the ruin south to Rockstone Pond, the village that gives the ruin it’s name. In Maya times the drainage was dammed to form a reservoir, and nearby stands the oldest structure at Altun Ha, a repository for a cache of antiquities imported from the city of Teotihuacan near Mexico City. These artifacts are evidence of the extremely early contact between the Belize Maya and Teotihuacan.

Cahal Pech

“Place of Ticks”

Cahal Pech

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. The site consists of plazas, temples, ballcourts, residential houses, an altar, and a sweathouse, all situated in a very small area.

A royal tomb was found in one of the structures. Inside the crypt a ruler had been laid to rest with the everything necessary for the afterlife: shell & bone ornaments, pottery vessels, obsidian blades, and jade artifacts, the most impressive being a jade & shell mosaic mask. The visitor center here has a display of a complete model of the site, along with murals showing Cahal Pech in its heyday, and an interpretive film.

Caracol

“Snail”

Caracol Mayan ruin

Caracol is located on the Vaca Plateau south of the village of San Ignacio. Caracol is the crown jewel of all Mayan ruins in the country, and in fact one of the largest in all of the Mayan world, which includes Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. Caracol was completely lost to rainforest cover for over 1000 years until its discovery in 1937, so it is still being restored. It is named “Snail” (“Caracol” in Spanish) because of the numerous snail shells found there, but the Mayans called it “Three Hill Water”, making this one of the few sites where the true name is known. The tallest structure in Belize – is Caracol’s “Sky Place” at a height of 137 feet. Over 100 tombs have been found at Caracol.

At its peak of occupancy, Caracol is thought to have been home to 150,000 people – a far greater density than at Tikal. Caracol was inhabited beween 600 BC and 900 AD, with some sources claiming it was inhabited until 1150 AD. The great Caracol city-state covered an area larger than modern day Belize City which has a population of about 80,000 at this writing. Culinary water was supplied by man-made reservoirs. One of these is used by archaeologists to this day. Explorers have discovered seven ancient roads leading to Caracol.

Caracol’s ancient record provided many hieroglyphic inscriptions, enabling scholars to piece together an accurate record of Caracol’s rulers from 600 AD to 860 AD. Especially significant are descriptions of the conflicts with Tikal, located in nearby Guatemala. What puzzles archeologists is why such a large city was built in a location with no permanent water source.

Cerros

“Hills”

Cerros ruin in Belize

Cerros is a small site located right on the Belize coast. Beginning as a small village in about 300 BC, development followed and 250 years later it grew quickly into a major city. Perched on a small delta in Northern Belize, Cerros was abandoned early and never re-occupied. There are only two Pre-Classic sites with no later additions, which makes it an important addition to the Maya record. Cerros contains five temples, several plazas, ball courts and a system of water-ways. Due to its location at the mouth of the New River, Cerros was a regional center of active trade. It is postulated that trade routes shifted inland, and the site declined. Eventually the temples were abandoned and Cerros returned to a simple farming community before being deserted altogether. the archaeological record tells this story.

Lamanai

“Submerged Crocodile”

Lamanai Mayan ruins

Arguably the favorite ruin in Belize (because of the wonderful river trip you take to get there, spotting exotic birds all along the way) Lamanai is the country’s longest continuously inhabited site. Research places the first dwellings at around 1500 BC. Lamanai is about 40 miles upstream from Cerros on the New River lagoon; the two cities traded extensively. Recorded by Spanish explorers, Submerged Crocodile is the verified official Mayan name of the city. The site occupies almost 1000 acres and 70 structures have been excavated, but 10 times that number have been mapped.

One of the most spectacular features at Lamanai is the pair of jaguar masks flanking the stairway at the “Temple of the Jaguar”. All stelae at the site are in excellent condition.

To read more about day trips to Lamanai out of Belize City, visit our Things to Do in Belize page.

Lubaantun

“Place of the Fallen Stones”

Lubaantun ruin belize

Located in southern Belize, Lubaantun can be visited if you are staying at Placencia or Punta Gorda, Belize. Sitting on a high ridge, the ruin actually affords a view of the Caribbean Sea over 18 miles away. The habitation period was brief, only 160 years from 730 to 890 AD. Jade and obsidian from Guatemala have been discovered here along with the bones of deep water marine animals, signifying and active trading region. Carved whistles and other musical instruments were also unearthed during excavation.

Lubaantun is famous because the renowned Crystal Skull was discovered here. The Crystal Skull is carved from a single crystal of quartz. It is considered one of the greatest Mayan treasures ever uncovered, although there is great controversy surrounding the truth of the discovery.

There is very little structural ornamentation at Lubaantun and there are no carved stelae either, leading to the notion that this was an administrative rather than a ceremonial center. Its rounded corners and simple shapes are like no other Maya site. The blocks use no mortar but are carved with particular precision so that the stones stay together easily.

Nim Li Punit

“The Big Hat”

Although located far from most tourism destinations, Nim Li Punit is a wonderful site with much to offer the visitor. To get there you drive past the turn-off to Placencia on the Southern Highway, and go almost to Punta Gorda. Nim Li Punit is mostly known for the many spectacular stelae discovered there. The onsite museum displays many of the stellae, and the others are in place at the ruin. The most impressive stelae depicts a ruler wearing a diadem or “big hat,” after which the site is named. There is a nicely preserved ballcourt, and another plaza that was most likely an astronomical observatory.

Major settlement was between 400 and 800 or 1000 AD. One of the more interesting structures is the Plaza of the Royal Tombs which was most likely a residence for the royal family, containing three tombs. One contains at least five people buried at different times. They were buried along with their treasures of pottery, stingray spines, and carved jade figures. Another tomb contained the remains of at least 6 people.

Tikal

“The Place of Voices”

Tikal Mayan ruin

Located in Guatemala, it is actually easiest to get there starting in Belize. Tikal is truly the supreme Mayan city. Tikal was originally a village, dated to 900 BC, making this among the oldest of Maya sites. The sheer scale of Tikal is overwhelming, and it is best to plan a trip with multiple days to explore. Some 10 square miles of central Tikal have been mapped by archaeologists. Huge stones brought down by river served as the building blocks and raw materials for gigantic sculptures that have been found nearby. Tikal has five enormous temples. These are steep-sided pyramids that rise up to tower above the jungle canopy.

The Great Plaza is surrounded by stelae and altars, ceremonial buildings, residential and administrative palaces, and a ball court. At both ends of the plaza a gigantic temple faces the interior of the plaza. The Temple of the Giant Jaguar is the most famous of all of Tikal’s structures and measures more than 150 feet in height. No one knows what brought about Tikal’s final downfall, but by 900 AD almost the entire Mayan civilization had collapsed, and Tikal was abandoned.

Related Blog Post: How do I get to Tikal from Belize?

Xunantunich

“Maiden of the Rock”

To experience all the ruin has to offer, you need to be able to climb several stairs

Xunantunich (pronounced “CHEW-nahn-too-neech”) is located only ten miles from the Guatemalan border. This major ceremonial center peaked during the Classic period of the Maya and is home to 25 temples and palaces including the second tallest Mayan structure in Belize. The restored areas of this huge city-state contain a ceremonial center, residences for the rulers of this civilization, a middle-class residential area, and the ubiquitous ballcourt complex. From the top of this pyramid “El Castillo”, one is rewarded with a breathtaking view of three river valleys. From its perch explorers can also see all the way to Guatemala.

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