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Belize Mayan ruins self-guided tour

Lamanai Mayan ruin

Belize’s ruins are famous all over the world; in our Belize travels we meet many people who have traveled days just to see them. Once you start getting into it, you will be surprised how many there are. There is no single tour to see all of them that I have found, and likewise there is no single city, town, or village where you can base from to see them all. Therefore, to plan your own tour of Belize Mayan ruins you will need to familiarize yourself with Belize geography.

First you will need a map of Belize that includes the major Mayan ruins in the country. You can order one from us (free!) if you like. Then you need to decide which ruins you wish to visit. Our Belize Mayan Ruins webpage goes into some detail to help you choose. Finally, you locate your choices on the map. Day tours of ruins can be arranged through lodges in the immediate area. Below is a table showing the major Mayan ruins in the country and where to access them from.

Ruins
Regions/Towns for Ruin Access

Belize City

Orange Walk

San Ignacio

Placencia
Punta Gorda
Essential Ruins Lamanai
X
X
Caracol
X
Xunantunich
X
X
Tikal (in Guatemala)
X
Other Excellent Ruins Altun Ha
X
X
El Pilar
X
Cahal Pech
X
Nim Li Punit
X
X
Lubaantun
X
X
Small but Notable La Milpa
X
Santa Rita
X
Cerros
X
Chan Chich
X

[photo of Lamanai by Keith Frederickson]

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