SOUTHERN MAYA RUINS
Lubaantun is the largest Maya site in the Toledo Distrcit, the southern most part of Belize. It is well known for the unusual style of construction. All structures are made of limestone blocks with no visible mortar binding them together. The strength of each structure lies in every hand-cut stone, which was carefully measured and shaped to fit snugly next to each neighboring block.
Lubantuun is a late Classic ceremonial center dated to 700-900 AD. Over time, the ground on which Lubantuun was built began to subsist and the mortarless blocks began to tumble. Thereafter, the site was given the name-Lubantuun- meaning "place of the fallen rocks" in the modern Maya language. It is also home to the discovery of the famed Crystal Skull.
Nim Li Punit is another fascinating Mayan archaeological site in Southern Belize. Nim Li Punit is sometimes known as Big Hat or Top Hat; the name is Kekchi Maya for "Big Hat", referring to the large elaborate head-dress on a stela sculpture found on site depicting one of the site's ancient kings. Nim Li Punit is a medium-sized site from the Maya Classic Period, flourishing from the 5th century AD through the 8th century AD. It consists of structures around three plazas, including several step-pyramids, the tallest being 12.2 meters high. The site has a number of carved stelae illustrating the ancient city's rulers. Several stelae are in an unfinished state, suggesting a sudden halt to work. The site is near Belize's Southern Highway and is open to visitors subject to an admission charge. (from Wikipedia)
WHAT TO BRING: Backpack,bug spray, towel, bathing suit, change of clothes, tennis shoes or hiking shoes, snack, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
DEPARTURE from HOPKINS/PLACENCIA: 8 am
RETURN to HOPKINS/PLACENCIA: 5 pm
PRICE WITH GROUND TRANSFER (ROUNTRIP) from HOPKINS/PLACENCIA and LUNCH INCLUDED: US$145.00 per person