Belize was once the center of one of the greatest civilizations of antiquity and is considered to have been the heartland of the Maya civilization during the Classic period.

Today, you can tour authentic sites left by this great culture and, in many cases, be guided by a direct descendant, a modern-day Maya.

Belize’s Maya occupation began as early as 1500 BC, but it was not until the Classic period of 250 AD to 900 AD that the Maya population is thought to have exceeded 1 million people in Belize. However, much about the ancient Maya remains a mystery now.

To experience Maya culture in Belize, check with your hotel or local tour operators to see what ancient Maya temples are open for exploration. Also, be sure to speak with contemporary Maya families. They will be happy to tell you of their culture and share stories that have been passed down through the generations.

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Southern Belize: Top 5 Adventure- Stops

These jungles are major attractions in this region, but equally magnificent are the marine adventure-opportunities that awaits!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Southern Belize: Top 5 Adventure- Stops

These jungles are major attractions in this region, but equally magnificent are the marine adventure-opportunities that awaits!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Southern Belize: Top 5 Adventure- Stops

These jungles are major attractions in this region, but equally magnificent are the marine adventure-opportunities that awaits!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Southern Belize: Top 5 Adventure- Stops

These jungles are major attractions in this region, but equally magnificent are the marine adventure-opportunities that awaits!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Southern Belize: Top 5 Adventure- Stops

These jungles are major attractions in this region, but equally magnificent are the marine adventure-opportunities that awaits!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Southern Belize: Top 5 Adventure- Stops

These jungles are major attractions in this region, but equally magnificent are the marine adventure-opportunities that awaits!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Southern Belize: Top 5 Adventure- Stops

These jungles are major attractions in this region, but equally magnificent are the marine adventure-opportunities that awaits!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Southern Belize: Top 5 Adventure- Stops

These jungles are major attractions in this region, but equally magnificent are the marine adventure-opportunities that awaits!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Southern Belize: Top 5 Adventure- Stops

These jungles are major attractions in this region, but equally magnificent are the marine adventure-opportunities that awaits!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Southern Belize: Top 5 Adventure- Stops

These jungles are major attractions in this region, but equally magnificent are the marine adventure-opportunities that awaits!

Destination

  • Dangriga
  • Glover's Reef Atoll
  • Hopkins
  • Mayan Heartland
  • Placencia
  • Punta Gorda

Category

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches and Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Hiking
  • Islands
  • Maya
  • Snorkeling

Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium 2014

Intrigued by Belize’s archaeological past, present and future?

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Event Date

Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium 2014

Intrigued by Belize’s archaeological past, present and future?

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Event Date

Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium 2014

¿Le intriga el pasado, el presente y el futuro de la arqueología en Belice?

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Event Date

Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium 2014

¿Le intriga el pasado, el presente y el futuro de la arqueología en Belice?

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Event Date

Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium 2014

Fasziniert von Belizes archäologischer Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft?

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Event Date

Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium 2014

Fasziniert von Belizes archäologischer Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft?

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Event Date

Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium 2014

¿Le intriga el pasado, el presente y el futuro de la arqueología en Belice?

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Event Date

Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium 2014

¿Le intriga el pasado, el presente y el futuro de la arqueología en Belice?

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Event Date

Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium 2014

Fasziniert von Belizes archäologischer Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft?

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Event Date

Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium 2014

Fasziniert von Belizes archäologischer Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft?

Destination

  • Belmopan
  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Event Date

Cahal Pech

The town close to town.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Caracol

Sky Place hat eine gute Aussicht.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Caracol

Le temple « Sky Place » offre toute une vue.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Caracol

Sky Place has quite a view.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Caracol

Sky Place has quite a view.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Caracol

Sky Place hat eine gute Aussicht.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Caracol

Le temple « Sky Place » offre toute une vue.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Caracol

Le temple « Sky Place » offre toute une vue.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Caracol

Sky Place has quite a view.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya

Caracol

Sky Place hat eine gute Aussicht.

Destination

  • Mayan Heartland
  • San Ignacio

Category

  • Ancient Maya Temple
  • Archaeology
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking
  • Maya