8 Best Mayan Ruins in Belize Caracol . Caracol . Tucked inside the Chiquibul Forest is one of the most important Mayan ruins in Belize: Caracol . Lamanai . Lamanai . Altun Ha . Aerial view of Altun Ha . Xunantunich . El Castillo, Xunantunich . Cahal Pech . Cahal Pech . Lubaantun . Lubaantun . El Pilar. Mayan ruins at El Pilar. Cerros . Seaside Mayan ruins at Cerros .
Caracol Maya Ruins
4 Must – See Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula. Ek Balam. Ek Balam is “new” to the list of must – see ancient Maya ruins to explore, archeologists having only begun restoration in 1997. Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is perhaps the most popular of Mayan temples. Coba. Tulum.
There are hundreds of Mayan ruins throughout Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Guatemala, but the Yucatan Peninsula (where Tulum , Playa del Carmen and Cancun are) have some of the most impressive ruins.
The best time to visit Belize is from late November to mid- April , during the country’s dry season. Although this peak season draws thousands of tourists, dealing with crowds is an easy sacrifice to make for warm temperatures, clear skies and easy access to the country’s top attractions.
As our story in the paper last Friday showed, the ancient Mayans had among them people who were very smart , smarter than most of us today. Whether they did or not, clearly there were among the Mayans people with highly advanced intellectual insights, the kind needed for astronomy and math.
Mysterious Decline of the Maya From the late eighth through the end of the ninth century, something unknown happened to shake the Maya civilization to its foundations. One by one, the Classic cities in the southern lowlands were abandoned, and by A.D. 900, Maya civilization in that region had collapsed.
Major ruin sites such as Chichen Itza , Tulum and Tikal do have security, are open only to those who have payed the fee and are nowhere near as dangerous as some of the large cities, but wise visitors still take simple precautions to reduce the chance of theft spoiling their trip.
Read more: 7 of Mexico’s best ruins, and how you can see them. Tulum , Mexico. Tulum , Mexico. Copan, Honduras. Copan, Honduras. Tikal, Guatemala. Tikal, Guatemala. Xunantunich, Belize. Xunantunich, Belize. Palenque, Mexico. Palenque, Mexico.
Tulum is a must visit. The access fee is $35- 40 pesos (video cameras extra $30 pesos) and the visit timetable is 8 am to 5 pm, everyday. It is important to mention that it is necessary to park the your car at the shopping center’s parking lot (an extra $30 pesos fee) when arriving through the main ruins entrance.
Scholars have suggested a number of potential reasons for the downfall of Maya civilization in the southern lowlands, including overpopulation, environmental degradation, warfare, shifting trade routes and extended drought. It’s likely that a complex combination of factors was behind the collapse.
Two thousand years ago, the ancient Maya developed one of the most advanced civilizations in the Americas. They developed a written language of hieroglyphs and invented the mathematical concept of zero. With their expertise in astronomy and mathematics, the Maya developed a complex and accurate calendar system.
Tikal Temple IV