LUBAANTUN: Located in the Toledo District,overlooking the village of San Pedro Colombia, one of the larger Kekchi Maya communities in southern Belize. The ancient city of Lubaantun was settled, developed and abandoned during a relatively brief phase (AD 700-850) of the Late Classic period of Maya History.
The location of the site allowed the inhabitants to grow important cash crops such as cacao, which they exported to their neighbors in the Maya highlands in exchange for obsidian, jade and other exotic items.One of Lubaantun’s most astonishing features is that its buildings were primarily constructed without the aid of mortar: each stone used at the site was carefully measured and cut to fit exactly with the stones it adjoins.
NIM LI PUNIT: Located along the top of a ridge in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, in southern Belize.Nim Li Punit is some 25 miles north of Punta Gorda Town. The ceremonial center consists of three major groups with monumental architecture. Archaeologists discovered more than 20 monuments at the site, treasures of a series of tombs and a number of carved stela.
Lubaantun/Nim Li Punit is an all-day and over-night trip in southern Belize. Departing San Ignacio at 7:00 AM, drive time five hours. After our tour, we make our way to the village of Big Falls where we will spend the over-night.
Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
What to wear: Comfortable clothing for hiking around sites. Proper foot wear is recommended.
What to bring: Extra clothes for over-night, bug repellent, sunscreen, cameras and hats/sunglasses.
What is included: Transportation, Lunch, guide, entrance fees, and accommodation.