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El Pilar Mayan Ruins
El Pilar Mayan Ruins

El Pilar Mayan Ruins Tours and Activities

El Pilar is an ancient Maya city located at Belize’s border with Guatemala. It’s a Middle Pre-Classic and Late-Classic Mayan site, which is currently under excavation by the University of California.

As the site is not very well excavated yet, tours to El Pilar tend to focus on the important vegetative areas that were key in Maya history. El Pilar Archeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna extends into Guatemala and was declared a cultural monument. The area has been under threat by looters and was placed on the 1996 World Monument Fund’s list of 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World.

El Pilar is believed to contain 20 or more plazas and hundreds of other structures spread out over more than 50 acres. At least one ball court has been discovered, and the tallest structure stands about 70 feet above the plaza. One of the most interesting features of El Pilar is a three- to five-foot-high wall, which runs westward from the site and into Guatemala.

El Pilar gets its name from the unusual abundance of water in the area. El Pilar is the Spanish word for “watering basin.” Researchers believe construction at El Pilar began around 800 BC, and by 250 BC, there was a thriving community. During its peak, El Pilar could’ve been home to as many as 20,000 people.

Visitors to El Pilar will find several easily navigable trails, and birding enthusiasts will enjoy the abundant bird life that calls El Pilar home.

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El Pilar Maya Forest Birding Tour All Inclusive

El Pilar Maya Forest Birding Tour All Inclusive

Along the way, we will be looking for Bat Falcons, Gartered Trogons, Black-crowned Tityras and Green-backed Sparrows. We can stop along the forest road for our packed breakfast and coffee, while listening out for Collared Forest-Falcon and Laughing Falcons. We have lunch on site at a designated Picnic spot at the edge of the forest. We often see Coatis and other tropical mammals darting from tree to tree while having lunch.
  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Should I book El Pilar Mayan Ruins tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since El Pilar Mayan Ruins can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
How much does it cost to visit El Pilar Mayan Ruins 2022?
Currently, an entrance ticket to El Pilar Mayan Ruins costs USD 148.72. Guided El Pilar Mayan Ruins tours start around USD 148.72 per person.
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