Dive into history at some of the country's many Mayan archaeological sites. Among the best known are Xunantunich and Caracol, where you can wander through ancient plazas, palaces, and temples. Climb steep stone staircases to reach new heights at structures such as Caracol's Caana (meaning "sky palace"), which is 141 feet high. El Castillo at Xunantunich is a close second in terms of height, at 130 feet. Each visit feels like a time capsule, as the earliest records indicate the Maya were living in Belize as early as 2500 B.C.E., with the civilization reaching its height between 250 and 1000 C.E. It's best to head to these sites with a tour company that provides transportation and a guide such as S&L Travel and Tours.
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