Belize was once the center of one of the greatest civilizations of antiquity and is considered to have been the heartland of the Maya civilization during the Classic period.

Today, you can tour authentic sites left by this great culture and, in many cases, be guided by a direct descendant, a modern-day Maya.

Belize’s Maya occupation began as early as 1500 BC, but it was not until the Classic period of 250 AD to 900 AD that the Maya population is thought to have exceeded 1 million people in Belize. However, much about the ancient Maya remains a mystery now.

To experience Maya culture in Belize, check with your hotel or local tour operators to see what ancient Maya temples are open for exploration. Also, be sure to speak with contemporary Maya families. They will be happy to tell you of their culture and share stories that have been passed down through the generations.

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MAYA HILL LODGE

MAYA HILL LODGE

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio
  • Western Belize Rural

Category

- Accommodation

Low Season - High Season

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Xanadu Island Resort

A Beachfront Resort with a Touch of Luxury in Harmony with Nature

Destination

  • Ambergris Caye
  • Mayan Heartland

Category

- Accommodation

Low Season - High Season

$155 - $830 USD
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Cayo Inland Expeditions

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland

Activities Available

  • Caving
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Roy and Duce Tourism Enterprise

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland

Activities Available

  • Scuba Diving
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Sea Sports Belize

We do it with LOVE! Small groups, big adventure, our specialty!

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
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Southern Belize: Top 5 Adventure- Stops

These jungles are major attractions in this region, but equally magnificent are the marine adventure-opportunities that awaits!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Southern Belize: Top 5 Adventure- Stops

These jungles are major attractions in this region, but equally magnificent are the marine adventure-opportunities that awaits!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Sur de Belize: Top 5 Aventuras

Estas selvas son las principales atracciones de esta región, pero igualmente magníficas son las oportunidades de aventura marina que espera!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Sur de Belize: Top 5 Aventuras

Estas selvas son las principales atracciones de esta región, pero igualmente magníficas son las oportunidades de aventura marina que espera!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Una ruta del camino del cacao impredecible

Tome el corazón de Toledo Adventure Trail Tour para comenzar un viaje íntimo lleno de descubrimientos.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Backpacking
  • Family Friendly
  • Maya
  • Urban Attractions

The Heart of Toledo Adventure Trail

Take the Heart of Toledo Adventure Trail Tour to begin an intimate journey filled with discoveries.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Backpacking
  • Family Friendly
  • Maya
  • Urban Attractions

The Heart of Toledo Adventure Trail

Take the Heart of Toledo Adventure Trail Tour to begin an intimate journey filled with discoveries.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Backpacking
  • Family Friendly
  • Maya
  • Urban Attractions

Una ruta del camino del cacao impredecible

Tome el corazón de Toledo Adventure Trail Tour para comenzar un viaje íntimo lleno de descubrimientos.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Backpacking
  • Family Friendly
  • Maya
  • Urban Attractions

Solo Travel-Must Dos

Traveling Solo requires two things, an adventurer’s zest and a destination blessed with all the right elements. Get ready to slow-down or speed-up on the shores of Belize.

Destination

  • Ambergris Caye
  • Belize Barrier Reef
  • Caye Caulker
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Backpacking
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Solo Travel-Must Dos

Traveling Solo requires two things, an adventurer’s zest and a destination blessed with all the right elements. Get ready to slow-down or speed-up on the shores of Belize.

Destination

  • Ambergris Caye
  • Belize Barrier Reef
  • Caye Caulker
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Backpacking
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

2015 Annual Benque Fiesta

The pulsating 48th Annual Benque Fiesta is a cultural celebration that beckons unity; it all happens in Western Belize, July 16–19, 2015!

Destination

  • Benque Viejo del Carmen
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Event Date

Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium 2014

Intrigued by Belize’s archaeological past, present and future?

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Event Date

Chocolate Festival of Belize 2014

Chocolate Festival of Belize 2014” is the ultimate chocolate-lover and foodie three-day event.

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Punta Gorda

Event Date

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM)

Caves and Crystal Maidens. All at the ATM.

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Caving
  • Hiking
  • Maya
  • Protected Area

Altun Ha

See the Sun God made of Jade.

Destination

  • Belize City
  • Mayan Heartland

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Cahal Pech

The town close to town.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Caracol

Sky Place has quite a view.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Cerros

The Masks of Cerros will amaze.

Destination

  • Corozal
  • Mayan Heartland

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Cultural Heritage Trail Tour

Take a hike you can really learn from.

Destination

  • Benque Viejo del Carmen
  • Mayan Heartland

Category

  • Hiking
  • Maya
  • Protected Area

El Pilar

See how commoners lived in uncommon times.

Destination

  • Benque Viejo del Carmen
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Lamanai

The submerged crocodile awaits...

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • Orange Walk

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Lubaantun

Discover a structural wonder.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Marco Gonzales

Maya by beach. It couldn’t be better.

Destination

  • Ambergris Caye
  • Mayan Heartland

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Hiking
  • Maya