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Mayan Ruins & Spice Farm
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Discover the ancient Mayan archeological site of Nim Li Punit along with its treasures and visit the Belize Spice Farm and Botanical Gardens to see how they cultivate and harvest exotic spices.
Board your air-conditioned bus for a scenic ride to the archeological site of Nim Li Punit, "Large Hat" in the Mayan Kekchi language. The site was so named due to a depiction on a Maya stela of one of its rulers wearing a very large head dress. This unique Mayan ceremonial site has a small museum and a welcome center where you can see some of the large stelas with well-preserved Maya drawings and writing, as well as artifacts. It also has a ball-court in the center of the complex and an observatory in one of the plazas. The entire site is shaded by a canopy of large trees, providing a comfortable environment for viewing this very interesting Mayan site.
Head over to the Belize Spice Farm and Botanical Gardens and see how vanilla, nutmeg, maze cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper are cultivated. As you travel through the farm via tram, you’ll see how these unique spices are dried and processed for packaging. Afterwards, relax in the comfortable guest center where you will have the opportunity to purchase some of the spices that are grown here.
Need to Know:
Note: Participants must weigh less than 300 lbs. There are approximately 100 steps to negotiate. This tour is not recommended for guests who are pregnant and past their first trimester. The minimum allowable age to participate in this tour is 5 years old. Credit cards and cash can be used to purchase handicrafts and spice products. Your tour will include an approximate 30 minute boat transfer to the Belize mainland and the transfer to Nim Li Punit is approximately 1 hour from tour starting point.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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