Cuello Mayan Ruins

Cuello Mayan Ruins in Belize

Cuello Mayan Ruins in Belize

The Mayan archaeological site of Cuello

Cuello is an ancient Maya site located in Belize’s northern Orange Walk District. One of the oldest Maya sites ever discovered, archeologists believe that the site was first settled more than 4,000 years ago.

Excavations beginning in the 1970s revealed a unique style of pottery called “Swasey” after a river in Belize. It is believed that the Swasey pottery styles have no clear parallels. Cuello is believed to have been a relatively unimportant town during the Pre Classic era but served as a regional trade hub as precious items like jade and obsidian have been discovered at the site.

Why You Have to Visit Cuello On Your Vacation

Cuello is a fantastic example of a continuously occupied Maya site replete with pottery, evidence of expansion, and the remains of more than 20 human beings who were sacrificed during the dedication of one of the temples. Although the architecture is perhaps less impressive than at other Maya sites, artifacts discovered at Cuello have yielded extremely important information on the early history of the Maya civilization.

Where in Belize Is Cuello Located?

Cuello is located approximately four miles west of Orange Walk Town via Yo Creek Road. The site is located on private land owned by the Cuello Family, but visitors are permitted to explore the site.

The Cuello site is located on the grounds of the Cuello family who operate the Cuello Distillery, makers of the most popular rum in the country: Caribbean Rum.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Cuello Belize

Apart from times of inclement weather, the Cuello site is open for visitors around the year.

Best Way to Get to Cuello Belize

The best way to get to Cuello is to make your way to Orange Walk Town, the capital of Orange Walk District, and take private transportation to the site. Cuello has only been excavated since the 1970s, and lacks a full complement of tourist amenities.

Best Way to Experience Cuello Belize

Cuello is less of a visitor attraction than an active archeological site that continues to reveal important information about the Pre Classic era of the Maya civilization. Be sure to visit the number of royal and elite burials discovered on the site, including one attached to a small pyramid temple.

A great way to round off a trip to the ancient Maya site is by taking a tour of the nearby Cuello Distillery.

Top Places to Stay in Belize






Belize Tour Companies and Travel Agents

Belize Real Estate Opportunities






June 17, 2018

Latham: Hard work must be the national symbol of Belize

BELIZE CITY, Belize — Belize is tiny for a country — about the land size of Maryland — but it...
Read More
June 17, 2018

7 Ambergris Caye Restaurants Secret Special Request Options

Once you have lived on Ambergris Caye awhile, you get to know which restaurants have off-menu special request options. Read...
Read More
June 12, 2018

Please Belize Me: Ten Reasons to Put Ambergris Caye on Travel List

After a year of procrastination and poor planning, Belize finally made it on my to do list in 2018. Read...
Read More
June 12, 2018

Autograph Collection Hotels Set to Debut in Belize with the Opening of Alaia

Autograph Collection Hotels, in partnership with owner and developer Andrew Ashcroft, today announced the brand will debut in Belize with the...
Read More
June 12, 2018

5 Reasons to Vacation in Belize this Summer

Summer is the busiest season for travel to Europe. That’s where most vacationers are headed during the months of June,...
Read More
June 12, 2018

World Oceans Day celebrated in Belize

This year’s initiative is focused at preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. Read more: http://lovefm.com/world-oceans-day-celebrated-belize/
Read More
June 12, 2018

Private Indulgence In An Island Sanctuary In Belize

Your own private island sanctuary, just hours from Miami, resides in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean on Belize’s Barrier...
Read More
June 10, 2018

Garifuna Collective Represent Belize at WOMEX Celebration

The Garifuna Collective is making a huge comeback at WOMEX, that’s the World’s Music Expo held in Spain. Read more: http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/166803...
Read More
June 9, 2018

Why is a small village in Belize a hot spot for anglers? It’s home to the Everest of fish

I was standing at the front of a 23-foot-long panga in the Bay of Honduras, some 10 miles northeast of...
Read More
1 2 3 19

Comments

comments

0 Comments

Leave a Comment

Login

Welcome! Login in to your account

Remember me Lost your password?

Don't have account. Register

Lost Password

Register

Close
Please support the site
By clicking any of these buttons you help our site to get better
Banner-1