Southern Maya Ruins

Listing Type
Tour/Activity
Tour Type
Adventure
Cultural | Educational
Inland
Mayan Ruins
Departs From
Placencia
Intensity Level
Easy
$
125
-
$
150
/ Person
$
125
/ Group
Trusted Provider
Iris R
Location Details
Departure:
Hotel in Placencia
About Listing
Features:
Archaeological Reserve
Highlights
  • drive through traditional Maya Villages
  • view usual fine Mayan Architecture
  • learn about Maya Religious beliefs and practices
  • see traditional lifestyle of Belize's Mopan and Kek'chi Maya in present day
  • view collections of Stelaes and figurines
Description
Southern Belize is home to some of the most important ceremonial centers of the region. Lubantun is Mayan for "Place of the Fallen Stones," noted for its unusual and finest style of construction in the Maya World. An administrative, religious, political and commercial center, mainly used for occasional festivals, ball games and other sacred ceremonies. An abundance of ceramic whistle figurines (charm stones) or ritual-accompanying accouterments and tombs have been found here. The center of this site is on a large artificially raised platform between two small rivers, noted that the situation is well-suited for military defense. The large pyramids and residences are made of large stone blocks with no visible mortar binding them together, primarily black slate rather than the limestone typical of the region. Unlike other Maya sites, the existing structures are solid with no doorways and rounded corners, unique features not found in other sites of the region. The buildings on top of the pyramids are believed to have been made from perishable materials rather than masonry and hence do not remain. The famous yet controversial crystal skull was supposedly discovered here in 1926. Anna Mitchell-Hedges, the adoptive daughter of archaeologist Fredrick A. Mitchell-Hedges claimed that she had found the ‘crystal skull’ here during her father’s second trip to Belize, an expedition for her seventeenth birthday. This perfectly shaped 8-inch human skull crystal is still owned by Anna who lives in Canada. The origin of the crystal skull still remains a mystery. After exploring Lubantun we enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant in the area, then we explore Nimli Punit. This small Mayan site dates back to the late classic period and is regarded as a ceremonial center. Its name is derived from a carving on one of the site's twenty-six stelae, the highest concentration found in Belize and the Mayan world, which depicts a figure wearing a large headdress. During recent excavations, the second-largest, single jade artifact found in Belize was discovered here amongst many other relics.  In the Kekchi Maya dialect, Nimli Punit translates to "big hat." The monument on which this carving appears is the largest stelae found to date in Belize and the second largest in the Mayan World. It is situated atop the foothills of the southern part of the Maya Mountains. Walkthrough the ruins and learn of the customs and traditions of this ancient civilization!
 
Suitable for:
Kids
Teens
Adults
Families
Groups
Couples
Seniors
Recommended Age Range:
Under 10
11 - 20
21 - 30
31 - 40
41 - 50
Over 50
What is Included?
Things the supplier includes without any extra cost.
  • transportation
  • park fees
  • lunch and natural juice
  • guided tour
  • drinking water
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • comfortable soft clothing of choice
  • hike shoes/runners/strap on sandals
  • sunscreen
  • bugspray
  • sun glasses
  • refillable water bottle
Rates
The base rates charged by the provider. This includes all taxes and applicable fees.
Capacity:
15 people
Minimum:
2 people
Minimum number of people.
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Per
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Description
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150
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Itinerary
Activity
Description
Drive to LubantunIt is a two hours drive to first site, mostly paved with approximately 30 minutes driving on a dirt road
Explore first siteWe spend one hour exploring the ruins Lubantun
LunchIndulge in a local lunch at famous Coleman's Cafe
Explore second siteWe spend an hour learning about the Ceremonial practices of the Maya of Nimli Punit
Transportation
Is Transportation provided?:
Yes
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
Comfortable Air Conditioned units
 
Availability
Schedule
Dates
Start Time
Duration
Daily8:00 AM7-8 hours
Provider
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Languages:
Creole, English, Spanish
Tour Operator License:
TO 05-086
Frequently Asked Questions
No climbing of any monuments but there are stairs to access the sites and within.
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
Flexible
  • Cancellations made 15 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be refunded 70% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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