Covering 5,000 acres split between Belize and Guatemala, El Pilar is the largest Mayan center in the Belize River area. Jointly managed by the Belize Institute of Archeology and the Guatamala Instituto de Antropologa e Historia, is always open to the public.
El Pilar offers a presentation style called "Archeology Under the Canopy," in which they leave monuments protected by the jungle canopy alone. As guests walk the trails, they'll notice door jams and rooms poking out through the trees and brush. There is one fully exposed structure, a house that allows visitors to get an idea about how ancient Mayans lived life on a daily basis.
There are over 25 identified plazas at El Pilar, the east and western sections of which are connected by a causeway.
Consider staying in a nice area within Belize if you plan on visiting El Pilar, as visitors to this part of Belize will be pleased to have easy site access during their time there. If you'd like to find a place near this historical site, you'll find a decent selection of nearby accommodations to choose from.
|Parrot Nest Lodge||Lodge||6.2 mi. (4.4 km)||S|
|Vanilla Hills Lodge||Lodge||6.7 mi. (3.1 km)||SSE|
|Hotel El Pilar||Hotel||6.9 mi. (3.5 km)||S|
|La Casa del Caballo Blanco||Lodge||7.6 mi. (1.7 km)||SSE|
There is not cost to tour El Pilar.
Location: Central Belize, Belize
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