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The cave site of Actun Chapat (Centipede Cave) is located approximately 19 miles south of the modern town of San Ignacio, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains.... more

Inside this massive cave system are crystalized cave formations, flying and crawling cave critters, and a beautiful cenote, also known as the skylight. Actun Chapat is one of the best caving experiences in Belize! Similar to some of Belize’s famous caves such as Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave and Crystal Cave, Actun Chapat Cave holds secrets to ancient Maya rituals and sacrifices through the pottery and skeletal remains inside the cave.
The Actun Tunichil Muknal, also known as the ATM cave, is an ancient Maya archaeological site that is one of the most popular Mayan burial sites in Western Belize. The ATM cave is ... morenestled in Belize's lush rainforest in the Cayo District. Visit the ATM cave and learn the history of this magnificent cave and the mysteries of the Mayan underworld.

You can't afford to miss this Indiana Jones style adventure. Tours usually leave early in the morning, before 8am. The hike from the starting point to the cave entrance is intense, with three stream crossings and passes through the Tapir Mountain Nature reserve. The hike through the lower part of the caves lasts about 45 minutes. Take note that in the upper chambers of the cave, visitors are required to take off their shoes to prevent damage to the artifacts, plus you’ll need to swim through deep water to enter the cave and wade through more water both in side and outside of the cave. You’ll get to see the crystal maiden skeleton, pottery, and other ancient artifacts. No photography is allowed by order of the Department of Archaeology, but the mental movies will be incredibly worth it.
The Altun Ha archaeological site is one of Belize's most excavated and restored site. The name is roughly translated of a new the nearby Yucatec Maya village, "Rockstone Pond". As ... morean ancient Maya city, it had a population of about ten thousand inhabitants in the sorrounding areas. Being the only Maya site located in the Belize District, it has become a popular attraction to locals and tourists
Cahal Pech Archaeological Site, also known as "Place of Ticks," is the only Mayan ruins located in San Ignacio town. Sitting at the top of a limestone hill, the eerie atmosphere of ... morea once populated site can fascinate the minds of history lovers or intrigued visitors. Only a ten minute climb from uptown San Ignacio, you can also visit the museum that's on the same location.
Caracol is one of the largest site in the Maya world and is the largest known Mayan Ruins in Belize. Climb the magnificent temples that the ancient Maya built around 1200 BCE. Caracol ... moreis located in the Cayo District and is nested within lush Belizean forests.

In AD 650, the urban area of Caracol had a radius of approximately 177 square kilometers. It boasts the tallest man-made structure in the country of Belize event today and the city covered an area much larger than present-day Belize City (the largest metropolitan area in the country of Belize).
Cerros is an Eastern Lowland Maya archaeological site in northern Belize that functioned from the Late Preclassic to the Postclassic period. The site reached its apogee during the ... moreMesoamerican Late Preclassic and at its peak, it held a population of approximately 1,089 people.

The site is strategically located on a peninsula at the mouth of the New River where it empties into Chetumal Bay on the Caribbean coast. As such, the site had access to and served as an intermediary link between the coastal trade route that circumnavigated the Yucatán Peninsula and inland communities. The inhabitants of Cerros constructed an extensive canal system and utilized raised-field agriculture.
CheChem Ha is a cave system that was used by the Maya. In the cave, you can view hundreds of pots left behind by the Ancient Maya
Located in the Blue hole National Park, Crystal Cave, also known as Mountain Cow Cave, is considered one of the top 10 crystal caves in the world. The trek through the jungle path ... moreleading to the cave entrance will be through a portion of Belize’s vast Broad Leaf Forest. The hiking is considered moderate with some small slopes and generally takes approximately 50 minutes.

Arriving at the cave entrance, the excitement begins as you start our journey into “Xibalba”, tactically around columns and crystalline formations as you enter through a narrow, and at times-steeply descending pathway. Once inside the main cave, you will find yourself surrounded by an amazing crystal cave that was used by ancient Maya shamans (priests) for ritual ceremonies that were performed thousands of years ago. Fire pits, exposing the ashes of ancient fires; charcoal pieces; beads; obsidian knives; ceramics & broken pottery; a human skeleton – calcified in the limestone floor- all evidence of the flourishing ancient Maya civilization.

The spectacular crystal formations that cover the floors, walls and ceiling which are all calcite are everywhere- creating a brilliant splash of nearly blinding intensity. The formations- created centuries before are astounding.

Note that you must be relatively fit for strenuous activities and be prepared for a long hike to do this tour.
Most tours include transportation, licensed guide, entrance fees, and lunch. Check with your tour provider for details.
El Pilar lies in an area that has been cultivating milpa for many years. The site is located on high terrain, giving the visitor a beautiful view across the Mopan River Valley. Named ... moreafter an army camp in the area, El Pilar means “pillar” in Spanish. El Pilar is one of Belize’s largest Classic Maya sites with a well-defined ceremonial section including both private and public areas. The site covers approximately 75 acres. Some buildings reach 50-60 feet in height.
La Milpa is an archaeological site and an ancient Maya city within the Three River region of Northwest Belize bordering Mexico and Guatemala. La Milpa is located between the sites ... moreof Rio Azul and Lamanai. Currently, La Milpa lies within the nature preserve owned by the Programme for Belize, a non-profit organization.

La Milpa is the third largest ancient Maya site in Belize. The ceremonial center is built on a high limestone ridge and, with more than 24 courtyards and over 85 structures, is in the topmost rank of Mayan sites. The Great Plaza is one of the largest public spaces in the Maya world. It is flanked by four temple-pyramids with the tallest standing 24 m above the plaza floor. It contains two courts for the sacred Mayan ball-game, associated with ritual and sacrifice as well as recreation.excavation.
The name "Lamanai" means submerged crocodile. Located in in the Orange Walk District, Lamanai is known to be the longest continuously-occupied Mayan site in Mesoamerica. Lamanai is ... moreone of the largest ceremonial sites in Belize that even includes over a hundred of other minor structures in the sorrounding area. It is also one of the few archaeological sites that had structures successfully built on top of other pre-existing structures. Quite fascinating!
Lubaantun is known as "Place of the Fallen Stones" in Maya. This archaeological site is quite peculiar as the style of architecture is most distict, and unusual, from other archaeological ... moresites in Belize. Located in about two miles from the San Pedro Columbia Village in the Toledo District, the structures there are constructed from black slate instead of limestone and the corner stones of them are rounded rather than sharp.
The Marco Gonzales Maya Site is located at the southern tip of Ambergris Caye. It is the first national reserve on an island in Belize. On April 1, 2011, the National Institute of ... moreCulture and History and the Belize Institute of Archaeology have also signed the final paperwork with the Belizean Government in order to make Marco Gonzalez the first Maya Site National Park on Ambergris Caye. While the site is still under reconstruction and development, visitors are able to tour the site, view artifacts and go on eco-tours offered within the site.
Located five kilometers from the Southern Highway, near Indian Creek Village and Golden Stream Village, Nim Li Punit is one of the smaller Mayan Sites in Belize. However, it's collection ... moreof stele that has been found in the location. The captivating marks made on these stele pieces tells a story of the ancient Mayas that once occupied the area.
Float trips along the Caves Branch River provide a unique vantage point to experience the sacred caves of the Maya.
Located on the outskirts of Corozal Town and is bordered on the east by the Caribbean Sea, Santa Rita is the ancient coastal trading city known as Chetumal during the Late Post-Classic ... morePeriod. Santa Rita is a unique Maya site because during this time, it survived the collapse of the Maya society and the early days of Spanish incursion into the region.
Tau Witz (translating as "dwelling of a local god of the hill") is a Maya site located within Mayflower Bocawina National Park. The site contains the unexcavated ruins of a 43 by 64 ... moremeter temple, along with a single stela and the site of a granite quarry, the only known quarry near the Mayflower Bocawina sites. The ruins are reachable by a 0.75-mile trail, signed as the Tau Witz Trail, which begins near the park visitor center and Mayflower Mayan Ruins.

Archeological artifacts make the site hard to date exactly, however, it is assigned to the Terminal Classic Period of Mayan architecture. Artifacts found at the site remain on display inside the park visitor center.
Tikal is an ancient Mayan citadel in the rainforests of northern Guatemala. Possibly dating to the 1st century A.D., Tikal flourished between 200 and 850 A.D. and was later abandoned. ... moreIts iconic ruins of temples and palaces include the giant, ceremonial Lost World (Mundo Perdido) Pyramid and the Temple of the Grand Jaguar. At 70 meters, Temple IV is the tallest pre-Columbian structure in the Americas.
Uxbenka archaeological site is an early classic ceremonial site. It's name is translated as "ancient place." The size of Uxbenka is considerably small; however, there is much history ... moreto be uncovered in the area. Perched on a ridge on the top of the Maya Mountains, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the foothills and the valleys below. Uxbenka is known to be an ancient Maya ceremonial site with one ain plaza at the top of the hill and other smaller plazas built on terraces on the side of the hill.
Xunantunich, roughly translated as "Maiden of the Rock" or "Stone Woman" from the Yucatec Maya language, is an astonishing temple constructed by the ancient Mayas. It was an important ... moreceremonial centre built around AD 600 near the end of the Maya Late Classic Period. Located in western Belize on the George Price Highway, eager visitors must first travel on a ferry across the river to view the amazing structure.