Lamanai is the Maya word for “submerged crocodile.” The site’s name – “Lamanay” or “Lamayna” was recorded by Franciscan missionaries in the seventeenth century. It is one of the only sites retaining its original name and is among one of … Read more
Altun Ha was a wealthy ceremonial center boasting two main plazas, thirteen structures (including the Temple of Sun God or the Temple of the Masonry Altars).
El Pilar means “pillar” in Spanish and it was named after an army camp in the area. El Pilar is one of Belize’s largest Classic Maya sites with a well-defined ceremonial section including both private and public areas. There are … Read more
The name of the site means “Place of Ticks” in the Yucatecan Maya language. This name was coined in the 1950′s when the area around the site was used for pasture.
This protected area was declared Belize’s first Ramsar site based on the wetland’s international significance especially for many migratory and non-migratory wetland bird species in 1998. Large numbers of wading birds flock into the lagoons during Belize’s dry season (February … Read more
These wetlands in the Toledo District attract a number of very visible birds forming the principal attraction for visitors to the Sanctuary.