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Southern Belize Mayan Ruins Tours

Nim Li Punit

Located near Punta Gorda in southern Belize, Nim Li Punit is a small site known for the many spectacular stelae discovered there. Major settlement began around 400 AD, continuing until 800-1000 AD. The main attractions here are more than 20 stelae, 7 of which are carved. The most impressive stelae depicts a ruler wearing a diadem or "big hat," after which the site is named.

One of the more interesting structures is the Plaza of the Royal Tombs which was most likely a residence for the royal family with three tombs. One contains at least five people who were buried at different times. They were buried along with their pottery, stingray spines, jade and carved stone figures. Another tomb contained the remains of at least 6 people, a large animal and several ceramic vessels.

A nearby plaza was most likely an astronomical observatory to record the sunrise at equinoxes & solstices.

Lubaantun Mayan Ruins

Lubaantun is located in the far south, near Punta Gorda, Belize. The site sits on a high ridge and from the top of the tallest building you can just see the Caribbean sea over 18 miles away. Inhabited only briefly, from 730 to 890 AD, it nevertheless seems to have been a thriving administrative center. Jade & obsidian from the Guatemalan highlands have been found here along with the bones of deep water marine animals, signifying trade. Musical instruments, including many carved whistles have also been uncovered.

This is the site where the renowned Crystal Skull was uncovered, a skull carved from a single crystal of quartz. It is considered one of the greatest Mayan treasures ever unearthed, although there is also great controversy surrounding the truth of its origin. The daughter of the site archaeologist found it in 1926. She is now in her 80’s and living in Canada. She still has the skull, and promises to donate it to Belize when she dies.

There is very little in the way of structural ornamentation at this site and there are no carved stelae here, leading to the speculation of this as an administrative rather than ceremonial center. The majesty of its form -- its rounded corners and simple shapes -- are like no other Maya site. The blocks use no mortar but are carved with particular precision so that the stones stay together with no mortar.

Southern Belize Mayan Ruins Tour:

 

Tour Includes: Licensed Tour Guide, A/C Vehicle, Lunch, Water, Sodas, Entrance Fees, and Guided Tour on site.

Things to bring: Light Clothing, hat/cap, Camera, Good Hiking Boot/Shoe, Sunblock, Repellant, Medication if necessary, Money or Credit Card for shopping.

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