Discover Ancient Mayan Ruins in Belize

People walking up steps to ancient Mayan ruins
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, Park Street, Belize. Photo by Stephanie Klepacki on Unsplash

If you’re curious about the Mayans, Belize is the place to be. With its collection of hidden gems and sprawling ancient cities, this country offers a hands-on history lesson that’s anything but ordinary. Let’s check out some of the top spots where you can walk in the footsteps of the Mayans and maybe, just maybe, unlock some of their long-held secrets.


Located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Caracol is the largest Mayan site in Belize. It was once one of the most important Mayan political centers. At its peak, it had a population of about 150,000—more than twice the population of Belize City today. The site is dominated by the towering pyramid of Caana, which stands at 140 feet.


Xunantunich is a classic example of a ceremonial center and is easily accessible to visitors. Its most prominent structure, El Castillo, offers magnificent views of the Mopan and Macal Rivers and the Guatemala border. 

Altun Ha

Altun Ha is probably the most visited Mayan site in Belize. The site was a wealthy ceremonial center, and rich jade artifacts have been discovered here, including the famous Jade Head of the Mayan sun god, Kinich Ahau. Make sure not to miss the Temple of the Masonry Altars!