Cerros & Santa Rita
Cerros is located on the shore of Corozal Bay with parts of the site still under forest coverage and panoramic view of the bay below.Occupied in the Late Pre-classic period and underwent several modifications in the Classic Period. It was also an important trading center for the importation of jade and obsidian.
SANTA RITA is located on the outskirts of Corozal Town, its just off the main road leading to the Mexican Border. The site is bordered on the east by the sea and is situated on a limestone plateau which is typical for the northern part of Belize.
Santa Rita is situated on an important trade route that ran along the length of the Caribbean Coast. Being close to the Rio Hondo and New Rivers allowed access to inland Mayan centers such as Lamanai and others in Peten. Santa Rita was particularly known for its production of high quality cacao, marine products, achiote, honey and vanilla.They were exported to neighbors in northwestern Belize, the Peten and Northern Yucatan regions. The site was first settled by Maya farmers around 1,000 BC.
Cerros/Santa Rita is an all-day which includes an over-night stay in Corozal. Departing 7:00 AM from San Ignacio Town. Drive time to Corozal is approx: five hours. 2 hr on site. While enjoying the view of the Caribbean Sea.Making our way back to Corozal, we spend a well-earned night’s rest. Rising to a beautiful sunrise, we make our way to Santa Rita Archaeological Site.
Level of Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
What to wear: Comfortable clothing for hiking around site. Proper foot wear is recommended.
What to bring: Extra clothes for over-night, bug repellent, sunscreen, cameras and/or hats/sunglasses.
What is included: Transportation,Lunch, dinner , breakfast, guide, entrance fees, and accommodation