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Best Mayan site to visit in Belize?

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Best Mayan site to visit in Belize?

My husband and I are planning our first trip to Belize the 3rd week of August! Most of the trip is planned but we would also like to take a couple days and see some Mayan sites. We were hoping to travel to Guatemala to see Tikal but that might be difficult given the other plans we have/flight timings etc. What are some good sites in Belize itself to visit? I was thinking about Cerros or Altun Hai since they are in the north part and that is where we are going to be. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Best Mayan site to visit in Belize?

We could help you more if you give us more specifics about your travel plans. If you're in the north then Lamanai could be just the ticket - be sure to go by boat on the New River to get there instead of by road. Happy trails!

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2. Re: Best Mayan site to visit in Belize?

Caracol and Lamanai are considered to be the best sites in Belize.

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We are flying into Belize City on a Saturday. Right now our only booking was for Ambergris Caye for Mon-Thurs. Our flight leaves for back home on Friday morning. So we have a little less than a week and most of the time will be in Ambergris Caye. So my hope was that Saturday once we landed, we could travel out to a site, spend all day Sunday sightseeing and then wake up Monday and head to Ambergris Caye. Ideally we could have taken a flight from Belize City to Flores to see Tikal, but the timings of the flights don't work out. So we are thinking our options are either to rent a car and drive to Tikal, OR see some sights in Belize. I don't want us to have to rush around trying to do too much, I"d rather relax and enjoy what we can. Then again, the idea of seeing Tikal is very exciting - esp. since I am an archaeologist!

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4. Re: Best Mayan site to visit in Belize?

I'd consider renting a car and heading to San Igancio on Saturday. Depending on when you arrive, you could even visit Cahal Pech that afternoon. It's very close to San Ignacio.

On Sunday, I'd either go on a tour and head to Tikal or I'd drive to Caracol.

If you really wanted, you can also do a day trip to Lamanai from Ambergris.

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5. Re: Best Mayan site to visit in Belize?

you can visit Altun and Lamanai easily from Ambergris

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6. Re: Best Mayan site to visit in Belize?

Caracol>Xunantunich>Lamanai>ATM>Everything else

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7. Re: Best Mayan site to visit in Belize?

look at them on gmaps

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8. Re: Best Mayan site to visit in Belize?

You're an archeologist? You have to see Tikal. What are you doing on AC? So many marvelous things to see on the mainland LOL. OK, if your plane lands at a reasonable time, then hire a car and drive to San Ignacio (you seriously don't want to drive after dark if you can help in, sunset around 6 ish in late August. Allow an hour and a half after landing for formalities including pick up of hire car. Then you can do Tikal the next day.

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9. Re: Best Mayan site to visit in Belize?

I should have said, allow, hmm, let's see, around 2 hours to drive to San Ignacio, depending on how fast you drive.

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10. Re: Best Mayan site to visit in Belize?

Caracol, Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, Lamanai, Altun Ha, and El Pilar are great ruins, as are many others.

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