5 Maya Ruins To Explore On Your Belize Vacation | Belize Maya Ruins

5 Maya Ruins To Explore On Your Belize Vacation


No trip to the nation of Belize is complete without learning more about its storied past. Of course, the best way to do this is by visiting one of the many ancient Maya ruins that are dotted throughout the country. Though there are plenty to choose from, the following five should be near the top of your list:


xunantunich maya ruins

Situated in the Cayo District of Belize, this historic site was once home to almost 200,000 people. Today, visitors to these ruins can see more than 26 different temples and palaces, including El Castillo – the second tallest structure in all of Belize.

Cahal Pech

Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins | Archaeology of Cahal Pech

Once a palatial home for a wealthy Maya family, Cahal Pech is a must-visit on any cultural tour of Belize. It is located near San Ignacio and it offers visitors the chance to get an up-close look at 34 different Maya structures.


Tikal from Belize

Though it is actually located just across the border in Guatemala, Tikal is a popular destination for travelers in Belize. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is simply packed full of interesting temples, monuments, palaces, artifacts, and burial tombs.

Nim Li Punit

Nim Li Punit Mayan Ruins

Sometimes referred to as “Big Hat,” this ancient site in Belize’s Toledo District was most active from the 5th century until the 8th century. Modern-day visitors to Nim Li Punit can see plenty of pyramids and intricate carvings.



Located just a short distance from the Nim Li Punit ruins, the ancient site of Lubaantun has plenty to offer in its own right. It features lots of stone pyramids and other structures, but its most defining characteristic is its abundance of charmstone artifacts.

Barefoot Rentals and Services

If you would like to take a deep dive into ancient Maya history by visiting one of these archeological sites, you should speak to the team at Barefoot Rentals and Services. Their regular tours are the easiest way to see everything that these ancient ruins have to offer.

Barefoot Rentals and Services even offers car rentals if you would prefer to explore these Belizean landmarks on your own – though you will not be able to cross the Guatemalan border to visit Tikal in a rental car.

To learn more about Barefoot’s tours and car rental options, simply head on over to www.barefootservicesbelize.com.

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