On the outskirts of the Mayan World, Belize offers an impressive number of Mayan sites to explore. While not as large as the Mayan sites and pyramids in Mexico and Guatemala, the ruins in Belize will satisfy the curiosity of most history buffs and travelers. For those staying in San Ignacio, Chahal Pech
is a great starting point, as it is located just a short stroll away from town. Although smaller than other sites, Cahal Pech's museum provides a great wealth of information and exhibits that prepare you to visit all Mayan sites in Belize and even Guatemala. Xunantunich
is just 20-30 minutes away from San Ignacio
, very close to the Guatemalan border, however it is also accesible from Mountain Pine Ridge (1hr 30 mins. drive time). Also close to the border, we find Caracol
, located SW from Mountain Pine Ridge
. (1 hr driving distance) it is also accesible from San Ignacio (1 hr 45 mins. average).
is located in the Orange Walk district, about 2 hours NW of Belize city or 2 hrs 45 mins NE from Chan Chich but can be best enjoyed by those staying in the Lamanai
Outpost Lodge. Altun-Ha
is just 1 hr NW of Belize city, off the Old Northen Highway. Lubaantun
and Nim Li Punit
are in Southern Belize, in Toledo District, about 26 miles NW and 20 miles N of Punta Gorda
, respectively. Due to Belize's proximity to Guatemala, some prefer to cross the border to pay either a full day visit (from San Ignacio or Mountain Pine) or a 1 or 2 night stay to the Tikal
Mayan site, which contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya Civilization. Most visitors prefer to combine visits with stays in beaches and cayes
. Browse through our suggested itineraries below and customize your own adventure!