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  • Writer's pictureMary Juan

The Best 5 off the beaten path Mayan Ruins in Cayo, Belize

Cahal Pech:

Located near the town of San Ignacio, Cahal Pech is a small Mayan archaeological site featuring plazas, temples, and residential structures. This site served as a hilltop residence for elite Mayan families and offers a fascinating glimpse into the social structure and urban planning of the ancient civilization. Climb to the top of the tallest structure for the best views of the site.


Located just half a mile from Xunantunich, Actuncan is a large pre classic site. Located above a ridge, it commands sweeping views of the surrounding countryside including Xunantunich. Draped in lush rainforest, this is a largely un excavated site. Its largest structure towers almost 100 feet above the plaza. Access is with private permission.


A site notable for its contact with the Spanish. Located on the high banks of the Macal river, this site was extensively excavated in the 80’s by Elizabeth Graham and others. The site is also notable for its extensive cultivation of cacao in the postclassic and colonial period. The remains of a church and many European goods have also been found at the site.

Site X:

This incredible new discovery is not the typical residential quarters for the elite but rather a critically important quarry and workshops. This unique find is where enormous volumes of granite Manos and Metates* were produced. The site is still being explored and mapped.

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Wow, this sounds amazing! I hope to tour them all someday with St. Leonard’s Tours!

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