Ancient & Living
Maya Culture

Note: The safety of our guests and community is our top priority! Due to necessary COVID safety precautions and Belize government restrictions this tour currently is not conducted. We are working on a plan to offer this tour safely in the future. If you are interested in this tour during your stay at Hamanasi, please inquire with our reservations staff for the most up to date information.

Immerse yourself into the lifestyle of the Maya, both ancient and living, in the south of Belize. Just over one hour from Hamanasi you'll visit the archaeological site of Nim Li Punit. This medium sized Maya site from the Classic Period earned its name from a carving on the site’s longest stela depicting an ancient king wearing a large headdress. In the Maya Kekchi language, Nim Li Punit means “the big hat”. Learn its history through 26 well preserved carved stone stellae. Explore a ballcourt, the royal living quarters and three tombs, plus view many artifacts discovered at the site. Then head to the village of Big Falls for an interactive experience with two Maya families inside their homes, where you'll see first hand how Maya traditions and handicrafts are practiced to this day in southern Belize.
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Here visit a rural family home where you'll help prepare a customary Maya meal for your lunch and learn some of the traditions surrounding food, medicinal plants, musical instruments and storytelling.  After lunch, you'll meet a different Maya family that will show you their time-honored methods of weaving. This will include a demonstration, as well as an opportunity to buy their hand made products such as baskets and hammocks.  This is a cultural immersion you won't want to miss!

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  • Price Price: US $120
    per person
  • Intensity Intensity:
  • people Minimum: 2
  • Depart Depart: 7:00 am
  • Return Return: 3:30 pm


  • Entrance Fee

  • Lunch

  • Juice

  • Water

What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Camera

  • Light long pants

  • Light long sleeved shirt

  • Sturdy Shoes or Boots

  • Insect Repellent

  • Money for shopping

  • Friendly smile

Other Information:

This tour is not included in our packages but may be booked at the listed cost.

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  • Moderate
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[More general information about our tours]

Everyday, Hamanasi offers a barrier reef excursion and an inland excursion based on a preset schedule. These scheduled tours are included in package rates. Tours beyond the daily scheduled tours are not included in package rates but can be booked at the listed cost. All tours are accompanied by a licensed Belizean tour guide and include any permits needed. A PADI professional accompanies all dive trips. More information about our tours is available on our rates and policies pages.

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