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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Nim Li Punit (translating to "the big hat" in the Mayan Kekchi language after a figure on one of its stelae) is a smaller site, however, it has a disproportionately large amount of stelae present. With 26 stela on site, the visitor center display includes Stela 14, the tallest known example in Belize and second tallest from the ancient Maya civilization at 31.2 feet. The site is believed to have been active from about A.D. 720 to 790.

The site itself is divided into three groupings, with examples of tombs, ball courts, and what is believed to be an astronomical observatory present throughout. The stelae, tall stone monuments featuring carvings used to commemorate political leaders, alliances, and battles, are spread throughout the grounds, with those in the visitor center being especially well-preserved and detailed examples. There are a few signs here, though visitors wanting more than just a cursory glance at the significance of each structure may want to look into visiting with a guide. Admission fees are $10BZ per person. The site is open daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Reaching the site requires a short drive up a steep and rough dirt road.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Pros

Numerous examples of stelae on display here.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

Family friendly
Historically significant
Flushing toilets
Native artifacts
Big vistas
Picnic tables

Location

Field Guide

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