Maya Sites

Discover the Rich History of Belize Mayan Ruins

Embark on a journey through time and explore the fascinating world of Belize Mayan ruins. Nestled near San Ignacio, Belize, these ancient sites offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage and architectural prowess of the Mayan civilization. From the mystical depths of ATM Cave to the grandeur of Xunantunich, each site tells a unique story waiting to be discovered.

ATM Cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal): The Mystical Belize Mayan Ruin

ATM Cave Skull
ATM Cave Skull
River inside ATM Cave
River inside ATM Cave
Full skeleton in ATM Cave
Full skeleton in ATM Cave
Maya Pots in ATM Cave
Maya Pots in ATM Cave
ATM Cave Wading up river
ATM Cave Wading up river
Crystal formation in ATM Cave
Crystal formation in ATM Cave

Xunantunich

Perched on a hilltop, Xunantunich stands as one of the most impressive Belize Mayan ruins. The site is dominated by the towering El Castillo pyramid, which offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding jungle and the Mopan River. Xunantunich was a major ceremonial center, and its well-preserved structures provide insight into the architectural and cultural achievements of the Maya.

Belize Mayan Ruin
Wide Angle of Xunantunich
Xunantunich with Family
Belize Mayan Ruin
Friends at Xunantunich

Caracol

Deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve lies Caracol, one of the largest and most significant Belize Mayan ruins. Caracol was once a powerful city-state that rivaled Tikal in its grandeur. The site features towering pyramids, expansive plazas, and intricate carvings. Exploring Caracol allows visitors to appreciate the sheer scale and complexity of Mayan urban planning and engineering.

Belize Mayan Ruin
Stelae at Caracol
Belize Mayan Ruin
Steep Stairs at Caracol
Belize Mayan Ruin
Caracol
Belize Mayan Ruin
Cheryl & Jeff at Caraol
Belize Mayan Ruin
Caracol
Belize Mayan Ruin
Stelae at Caracol
Caracol
Mayan Artistry at Caracol
Caracol
Hidden Stairs at Caracol

Cahal Pech: An Intimate Belize Mayan Ruin

Located inside San Ignacio, Cahal Pech is one of the oldest Belize Mayan ruins. This site, which translates to “Place of Ticks,” was once a hilltop palace home to an elite Mayan family. Cahal Pech is known for its compact yet elaborate architecture, including ceremonial rooms, plazas, and residential buildings, providing a more intimate glimpse into Mayan daily life.

Cahal Pech, San Ignacio
Cahal Pech, San Ignacio
Cahal Pech, San Ignacio
Postcard Picture! at Cahal Pech
Cahal Pech, San Ignacio
Cahal Pech
Small temple at Cahal Pech, San Ignacio
Cahal Pech, San Ignacio

Visiting these Belize Mayan ruins near San Ignacio offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Maya. Each site, from the adventurous depths of ATM Cave to the majestic heights of Caracol, reveals different aspects of Mayan civilization. Whether you are a history enthusiast or an adventure seeker, the ruins of Belize promise an unforgettable experience. Plan your visit today and step back in time to discover the wonders of Belize’s ancient heritage.


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