The Past in Our Present

Maya Heartland

No matter what vacation you take in Belize, our history is there. Ancient Maya temples are hidden throughout the country, leaving glimpses of the past you can discover for yourself. The temples you’ll find here make for a vacation unlike any you’ve taken before.

Belize is thought to be the heart of the Maya civilization that dominated Central America during its height, due to the number and concentration of temples compared to other regions. The Maya left behind 1,400 recorded sites and an incredible amount of evidence of their presence in Belize, including ceremonial temples, structures and artwork made of jade, stone and clay.

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1,400 Recorded Maya Sites
Archaeology

Archaeologists and students from all over the world come to Belize each year to study clues left behind from this ancient civilization.

The Maya Civilization Dominated Central America From 250–900 AD
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You can find many of the artifacts and works of art on display in the Museum of Belize in Belize City, including the largest carved jade object ever discovered.

Activities

Don't just see the wonder of Belize, Experience it.

Grab your oar and get out there.

Whether you’re a beginner at canoeing or really know your way around a boat, we have the waterways for any paddling traveler. Tour companies and jungle lodges also cater to canoe travelers, with some...

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Take to the seas, solo or with friends.

Look down on the clear waters to see the reefs, fish, rays and sea turtles. Overhead there are migratory birds and sunshine for days. By the way, pack some sun screen.


Coastal and island resorts...

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Explore the mysteries of the underworld...

We have thousands of caves in Belize. They range from easy walks to challenging hikes that can often turn into squeezes, crawls, climbs, rappels and swims. Choose your cave accordingly.

In most caves,...

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Attractions

Put these sites on your list, you won't regret it.

Shark Ray Alley

Shark Ray Alley is located just one mile south of the Hol Chan cut and is listed as "Zone D" of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Once a place where fishermen would clean their catches, this 1,280-acre...

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Bacalar Chico

Discover Bacalar Chico, an established reserve since 1996, which forms one (1) of seven (7) reserve zones  that make up Belize’s World Heritage Site. There are plenty of activities for the adventurous...

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El Pilar

The isolated El Pilar Ancient Maya Temple is three times larger than Xunantunich and is still being excavated today. The focus here is showing travelers how regular Maya lived by uncovering common...

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Perspective

Your curated guide to Belize

Things to do in Punta Gorda

The sleepy coastal town of Peini, the Garifuna word for Punta Gorda, is at the end of a glorious road-trip when visiting from the North. An underrated region of Belize, “PG” offers much more than...

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5 Reasons to Ditch the Plane and Drive the Hummingbird

People are always saying it’s the journey not the destination, right? Well in Belize, we take it literally as our country is known for its scenic marvels that are quite underappreciated in the region....

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Cruising to Belize? Here are some must-dos

            Belize is a country that deserves to be indulged in, from the culinary capitals in the north to the much-needed beach vibes in the south. But what if you only have one day to make the most...

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Events

Placencia Lobster Fest 2018 | 1

Placencia Lobster Fest reels in the masses

For 18 savory years, the not-so-lowly lobster has graced our palates in extravagant ways at every annual Lobster Fest held in Placencia. Spanning three days, this food festival has only grown over the...

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Mango Fest 2019

Mango Festival 2019 | Celebrate the fruit in all its forms

Diced, sliced, on a stick, or straight off the tree, there are so many ways to devour the (unofficial) fruit of Belize: Mango! You know us for throwing nutty festivals, sweet festivals, and fishy ones...

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BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge | 0

BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge

Love FM, a local radio station, and the Belize Tourism Board have teamed up to contest what used to be Belize’s most grueling race by rolling out the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge. La Ruta Maya partic...

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