||Exploring the nearby Mayan ruins at Lubaantun and Nim
Li Punit is a high point of any visit to
southern Belize; these sites evoke compelling evidence of the exceptional
intellect and sophistication of
this venerable Central American civilization. Nearby Lubaantun is one of
the most unique archeological
sites in the Meso-American region, and was possibly a Maya athletic training
center or stadium. Our
guests, with their knowledgeable guides, explore ruins of pyramids, numerous
ball courts and learn
about its mysterious Crystal Skull.
Nim Li Punit was a royal Mayan residence from 700-800 AD. Among the archeological
highlights are the
Plaza of the royal tombs and the Plaza of the Stelae, as well as an astronomical
observatory that houses
many stone monuments, featuring highly intricate carvings. The visitor
center offers an illuminating display
of hieroglyphics, archival photographs, and artwork depicting early Mayan
village and artisanal life.
Uxbenka is an ancient Maya site that was inhabited during the Classic Period
(AD 250-900). Since
2005 the Uxbenka Archeological Project has conducted annual digs. Machaca
guests visiting from
March through June, 2009, had the opportunity to volunteer and participate
in the dig alongside working
archeologists. Similar initiatives are planned for the future.
A Maya Cacao and Village Tour provides an insightful introduction to the
life of the native Maya today.
Guests are guided through villages and homes to learn about Maya traditions,
chocolate and tortilla making and the diverse linguistic dialects.