El Pilar Archaeological Site

Category
Attraction
Type of Attraction
Archaeological Site
District/Region
Cayo
Description
Highlights
  • Maya Ruins
  • Variety of Flora & Fauna
  • History
  • Hiking & Nature Walks

About Location
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 after 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.
 
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112
/ Person
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El Pilar is a Mayan Ruin located about 7 miles from Bullet Tree Falls village in Cayo, Belize. Your expert guide will take you to this site, which is surrounded by an abundance of ... morewater sources (“pila” means “water basin” in Spanish). This site is still being excavated, and most structures are in the early stages of excavation. An interesting feature of this site is a causeway which runs along the eastern edge of the site all the way across the border of the country into Guatemala. So far, 12 pyramids and 25 plazas have been discovered at El Pilar. It is believed to have been inhabited from 500 BC to 1000 AD. There are a variety of different residential structures at the sight, including an elite household, and also ceremonial
structures. In addition to 3 archaeological trails, there are also 2 nature trails for you to explore on the site. Your guide would be happy to accompany you on the trails and point out notable plants and wildlife in addition to providing you with more information about the rich Mayan history.
$
1,249
/ Person
Day 1: AIRPORT/CRYSTAL PARADISE You will be met at the airport by your Belizean bird guide and transferred to your jungle lodge accommodations. Optional stop to visit the Belize Zoo ... more(entrance fee not included, US$15/pp). We check into our accommodations at Crystal Paradise after a short orientation.
O/N Crystal Paradise Resort. /D

Day 2: MACAL RIVER CANOEING – morning or afternoon
Canoeing on the Macal River. While canoeing we have the chance to see Neotropic Cormorants, Mangrove Swallows, Kingfishers, Gray-necked Wood-rails and other wildlife that frequent the riverbanks such as iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks and trees.
O/N Crystal Paradise Resort. B/L/D

Day 3: EL PILAR
We will make an afternoon visit to El Pilar, a Maya site, and flora/fauna reserve. It is excellent for birding, hiking, and provides an insight to Belize’s sub-tropical forests. We will make stops along the way to view such birds as the Collared Manakins and Honeycreepers an array of flycatchers etc. We will then return to our accommodations after witnessing a Belizean sunset.
O/N Crystal Paradise Resort. B/L/D

Day 4: Mountain Pine Ridge/Rio on Pools/Rio Frio Caves
The Cayo District’s principal town of San Ignacio is the gateway to some of Belize’s most precious ecological gems. After breakfast at the hotel, we will experience the wonders of Mountain Pine Ridge.

Bring along your walking shoes, swimwear and adventurous mind for a full day of activity. The reserve is teaming with hills and valleys, rivers and falls, swimming holes and caves, all surrounded by the majestic beauty of Pine Forests. Our main stops will be at the Rio Frio Caves, Rio on Pools and weather and road conditions permitting, you’ll get a chance to see the 1000 ft. Hidden Valley Waterfalls. Bring along your binoculars, as there is much to see in the line of exotic flora and fauna, endemic only to this extremely rugged, but beautiful part of the county. Lunch is included before returning back to Crystal Paradise Resort. O/N Crystal Paradise Resort. B/L/D

Day 5: Spanish Lookout & Laguna Aguacate
A 45-minute drive north of Crystal Paradise through rolling green hills brings you to Spanish Lookout, a modern-day Mennonite settlement reminiscent of Pennsylvania farmlands. Several different habitats in the area make it a favorable birding destination. The area consists of Savannah, open farmland, and subtropical forest around the lake. In the open land and pastures, it is easy to find Vermillion Flycatchers, Fork-tailed Flycatchers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-Tailed Kites and Hawks, Laughing Falcons, Meadowlarks, Swallows, Herons, Jabiru storks just to name a few. Aguacate Lagoon Reserve is located about 20 minutes beyond the community and provides a birdwatcher’s paradise. In the forest around the lake common sighting may include Jacamars, Trogons, Puff-birds, Crested Guans and Great Curassows. Other birds may include Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Night Herons, rails, and Crakes. O/N Crystal Paradise Resort. B/L/D

Day 6: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Belize City/Belize Airport.B/

** itinerary is subject to change once here due to weather conditions or unforeseen events***
$
80
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
El Pilar An Ancient Ceremonial Center A forty-five-minute drive from San Ignacio takes us to the jungle preserve surrounding the ancient ceremonial center of El Pilar. A partially ... moreexcavated Early Classic Period site now located with a modern border of Guatemala dividing its plazas. The site is a popular half-day tour, birding or night time wildlife viewing hike.
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