El Pilar

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.

What to Expect

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.

Staying Close

El Pilar is located in a nice area within Belize, meaning travelers to this part of Belize will be pleased to have easy site access for the duration of their trip. If you want to stay somewhere near El Pilar, you'll have a fair number of hotels in the region to choose from.

Hotels near El Pilar
Hotel Type Distance Direction
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.

Contact Information

Location: Central Belize, Belize


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