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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). Lamanai 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!
San Ignacio Town is cradled in a beautiful valley just south of where the Mopan and Macal Rivers converge, its Cayo District location makes it convenient to many of Belize's most popular outdoor attractions, including the Mountain Pine Ridge ...
Once a major waterway for the ancient Maya, the New River meanders through Orange Walk District linking its towns and villages, primal jungles, sugar cane farms, and some of Belize's most awe inspiring ruins. The Lamanai Mayan site serves as ...
The Mountain Pine Ridge is 300 square miles of granite and pine, smack in the middle of the otherwise tropical Cayo district of Belize. Its magnificent vistas, gorges, caves, and waterfalls are what makes this such a popular destination. ...
The Chan Chich Lodge is a destination unto itself, with 130,000 acres of private nature preserve known as Gallon Jug. The Lodge sits on the plaza of an ancient Maya city, and is an ideal location for bird watchers, nature enthusiasts or anyone ...
Punta Gorda is located in the Toledo district, and is the largest town in Southern Belize. The area is rich with lush rainforests, waterfalls and rivers, and extensive cave systems. The numerous national parks and protected areas are swarming with ...
The Peten is an area of exuberant tropical jungles teeming with wildlife, deep forests and dry plains dotted with lakes and Maya cities. There are three reasons why travelers would want to penetrate the forests of El Peten: first to visit ...
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Belize Destinations:
San Ignacio  
Mountain Pine Ridge  
Chan Chich - Gallon Jug  
Punta Gorda  
Flores - Tikal  
Suggested Itineraries:
San Ignacio - Ambergris Caye 6 nights from $1,339 *
Lamanai - San Ignacio - Ambergris Caye 8 nights from $2,065 *
San Ignacio - Tikal - Ambergris Caye 8 nights from $1,699 *
Antigua - Tikal - San Ignacio - Placencia 9 nights from $1,940 *
Lamanai - Punta Gorda - Placencia 8 nights from $2,492 *
Mountain Pine Ridge - Tikal - Ambergris Caye 8 nights from $1,719 *
Chan Chich - San Ignacio - Ambergris 7 nights from $2,152 *
Punta Gorda - Placencia 6 nights from $1,829 *
Mountain Pine Ridge - Hopkins - Ambergris Caye 9 nights from $1,882 *
Chan Chich - Mountain Pine - Placencia 8 nights from $2,719 *
Turneffe Islands - Punta Gorda 7 nights from $3,107 *
Lamanai - San Ignacio - Placencia 8 nights from $2,287 *
Lamanai - Ambergris Caye 5 nights from $1,501 *
San Ignacio - Placencia 7 nights from $1,663 *
Mountain Pine Ridge - Placencia 6 nights from $1,637 *
Lamanai - San Ignacio - Hopkins 7 nights from $2,073 *
More Itineraries:
Lamanai - Placencia 6 nights from $1,840 *
Lamanai - Hopkins Beach 6 nights from $1,883 *
Mountain Pine and Placencia with Car Rental 6 nights from $1,301 *
Lamanai - San Ignacio - Placencia - Ambergris 9 nights from $2,298 *
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San Ignacio
Mountain Pine Ridge
Chan Chich - Gallon Jug
Punta Gorda
Flores - Tikal
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