Mundo Maya

Description

5 days / 4 nights from/to Belize City
Guided roundtrip in German or English

From/To

Belize City

Day by Day

Day 1 Lamanai 

Meet your tour guide who will brief you during a tropical breakfast. Transfer to boat landing in Tower Hill. Boat tour on New River through wildlife reserve to the Lamanai lagoon. Visit to Mayan Site Lamanai (= "submerged crocodile" in Yucatec Maya) is a Mesoamerican archaeological site, and was once a considerably sized city of the Maya civilization, he vast majority of the site remained unexcavated until the mid-1970s. Archaeological work has concentrated on the investigation and restoration of the larger structures, most notably the Mask Temple and High Temple. Return transfer to Belize City. 
Overnight Hotel Villa Boscardi

Day 2 Xunantunich – Cahal Pech 

Transfer to Cayo district to Mayan Site Xunantunich. Its name means "Stone Woman" in the Maya language and, like many names given to Maya archaeological sites, is a modern name; the ancient name is currently unknown. Most of the structures date from the Maya Classic Era, about 200 to 900 AD. One of the best preserved ancient stele is housed in a small weatherproofed building for conservation purposes.Continue to 
Cahal Pech Maya site located near the Town of San Ignacio. The name Cahal Pech means "Place of the Ticks”. The site was a palatial, hilltop home for an elite Maya family, and though most major construction dates to the Classic period, evidence of continuous habitation has been dated to as far back as far as 1200 BCE, making Cahal Pech one of the oldest recognizably Maya sites in Western Belize. Transfer to cosy Martha’s Guesthouse in San Ignacio where we overnight. 

Day 3 Caracol

Hidden deep into the Mountain Pine Ridge, today we visit Belize biggest archaeological site Caracol. It is situated approximately 25 miles south of the town of San Ignacio Cayo, at an elevation of 460 m above sea-level, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The site was the most important political centre of Lowland Maya during the Classic Period within Belize. In AD 650, the urban area of Caracol had a radius of approximately 10 kilometers around the site's epicenter. It covered an area much larger than present day Belize City and supported more than twice the modern city's population. Caana ("sky-palace") is the largest building at Caracol. It remains one of the largest man-made structures in Belize. Return to San Ignacio.
Overnight Hotel Martha’s Guesthouse 

Day 4 Lubaantun + Nim Li Punit

Early departure heading south, first on pictoresque Hummingbird then on Southern Highway to Belize’s southern most district Toledo. Here we visit Lubaantun Mayan Site. The largest archaeological site in the south and one of the last major settlements built in Belize, prior to the collapse of the Maya. This short lived Late Classic site, first reported in the 1800's and formally investigated in 1903, was built and occupied from 730 AD to 890 AD. Structures were constructed of cut stone, fit without the use of mortar. These "pyramids" served as platforms for the more detailed perishable buildings on top. The largest rises 36 feet above the plaza floor. A controversial Crystal Skull was found here in 1926. Continue to Nim Li Punit, a Maya Classic Period site and sometimes known as Big Hat or Top Hat; the name is Kekchi Maya language for "Big Hat", referring to the large elaborate head-dress on a stela sculpture found on site depicting one of the site's ancient kings. It consists of structures around three plazas, including several step-pyramids, the tallest being 12.2 meters high. The site has a number of carved stelae illustrating the ancient city's rulers. Transfer to jungle lodge Hickatee Cottages where we overnight. 

Day 5 Return to Belize City

After breakfast, transfer to bus terminal for road transfer to Belize City or to Punta Gorda airstrip for Tropic Air flight to Belize City (optional).