The ancient Maya have fascinated us for centuries. They appear in museum exhibits, documentaries, TV shows, movies, stories, and modern-day legends.
Ancient and Advanced Civilization
It’s easy to see why. The Maya existed long before modern forms of communication, but they invented the concept of zero, used advanced mathematics, and developed advanced engineering methods we still marvel at. They were skilled farmers and craftsmen who built large, wealthy cities and established important trade routes.
It’s no wonder most people with an interest in history want every opportunity to learn more about them. Belize is one of the best places to do just that.
Why Belize Is Your Best Bet for a Maya Learning Experience
There are several countries with important Maya ruins in Central America, so why choose Belize?
Belize is a small country. Its small size makes it easy to travel from one ruin to another—or to another attraction. Visit two sites in one day, or combine your visit with a cave tour or river ride.
Belize’s ruins are remarkably well preserved. Archeologists and government groups have worked hard to conserve them.
In addition, Belize is a safe and tourist-friendly destination. You’ll be surrounded by stunning, unspoiled landscapes and enough modern amenities to make your trip enjoyable.
Important Maya Ruins in Belize
• Cahal Pech: The oldest ruins in the Belize River Valley, these hilltop ruins offer shaded walkways through 34 interconnected buildings, including homes, markets, and plazas. The site offers amazing views of San Ignacio and the surrounding valley.
• Caracol: This huge settlement was a key trading hub until its disappearance in the 10th century. Visitors can walk on ancient, cobbled streets. Noteworthy features of the 25,000-acre site include the 143-foot Sky Palace Pyramid, temples, palaces, and a Maya observatory.
• Xunantunich: Visiting this site requires a ferry ride across the Mopan River. It dates back 3,000 years and is known for the El Castillo Pyramid, which will give you stunning views of neighboring Guatemala.
Best Belize Resort for Your Maya Adventure
When you visit Belize, the right home base makes all the difference. Located minutes from Cahal Pech ruins, Cahal Pech Village Resort is an elegant resort where you’ll find modern amenities and a guest-focused approach. Boasting panoramic views, outstanding on-site dining, three outdoor swimming pools, and a wide variety of spacious rooms, it’s the perfect place to begin your Maya exploration.