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About two miles away from the village of San Pedro Columbia is Lubaantun, one of the largest Mayan sites in Southern Belize. Known for its unusual architecture and the unique collection of ceramic items found on-site, Lubaantun is a recommended site for tourists exploring Belize.

What to Expect

Your first stop when you visit Lubaantun should be the visitor center, which is located at the bottom of the hill. Inside the building is an extensive collection of maps, pottery, and ceramic figurines found on site, as well as displays that touch on the history of the ruins. The caretakers are experts in their field, and will offer a two-hour guided tour for a fee.

You can also visit the site on your own, making sure to pay close attention to the raised platform believed to be a military lookout, and the lack of doorways throughout the five plazas -- a feature unique in Mayan construction. Archeologists have come to conclude that this is because perishable materials like wood may have been used to shape them.

Lubaantun was built with no mortar, instead consisting of limestone blocks cut to fit so perfectly together that no adhesive was necessary.

Staying Close

Lubaantun is located in Toledo District, ensuring travelers to this region of Belize will have convenient access to the historical site throughout their trip. With just a small number of hotels around the region surrounding this historical site, only moderate tourist traffic can be anticipated.

Hotels near Lubaantun
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Back-a-Bush Guesthouse Guest house -- --
Sun Creek Lodge Lodge 3.9 mi. (20.9 km) S
The Farm Inn Lodge -- --
The Lodge At Big Falls Lodge -- --



Contact Information

Location: Toledo District, Belize


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