Mayan Temples and Ruins in Belize

Belize has a long Mayan history and so there are a lot of Mayan sites with temples and ruins. We name some of the most important sites, but there are a lot so take your time to discover as many Mayan sites as you like.


Some of the most visited and best known Mayan sites of Belize are: 

  • Altun Ha: the Mayan ruins that have inspired the Belizean banknotes and Belikin beer labels. The Altun Ha Mayan ruins is a must visit place for people who like to explore and learn about the ancient Maya culture. The city with the population of over 8000 people was believed to be the important destination for Maya trading and agriculture.
  • Caracol: the area is extremely rich in the natural bionetwork and the core area is a major tourist attraction. It has three plazas, ball courts and a surrounding acropolis. Discovered way back in 1938, Caracol Belize soon became a visual extravagance with a wide range of exotic birds and trees. There are various other structures that are spread all across the site of this mayan ruins.
  • Lamanai: The pristine tropical jungles and savanna vegetation marks the ‘submerged crocodile’, as Lamanai of Belize is also known as. Lamanai is the second biggest pre-Classic structures of the Mayan civilization and mainly consists of three temples.
  • Lubaantun: The “place of fallen stones” or otherwise known as Lubaantun is a great place to visit if you are interested in seeing the ruins of a Mayan city and getting to know more about the Maya civilization.
  • Xunantunich: Xunantunich, the Maiden of the Rock, has a lot of aspects that makes it a preferred tourist locale in Belize. Xunantunich is located atop a hill and the site overlooks the Mopan River and the Cayo district. This makes the entire site look extremely picturesque and beautiful.