Fodor's Expert Review Lubaantun

The Maya Heartland Ruins Fodor's Choice

Lubaantun, which lies beyond the village of San Pedro Columbia, is a Late Classic site discovered in 1924 by German archaeologist Thomas Gann, who gave it a name meaning "place of fallen stones." Lubaantun must have been an awe-inspiring sight: on top of a conical hill, with views to the sea in one direction and the Maya Mountains in the other, its stepped layers of white-plaster stone would have towered above the jungle like a wedding cake. No one knows exactly what function the structures served, but the wealth of miniature masks and whistles found suggests it was a center of ceramic production. The trio of ball courts and the central plaza with tiered seating for 10,000 spectators seems like a Maya Madison Square Garden. There's a small visitor center at the site. Most tour operators in PG can arrange trips to Lubaantun, or you can visit by rental car, a trip made easier by the completion of the San Antonio Road.

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San Pedro Columbia, Toledo  Belize

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