Mayan History in Belize

Mopan Mayans

The Mopan Mayans originally inhabited parts of Belize and the Paten in Guatemala in the 1600’s. Some were converted to Catholicism by the Spanish while others resisted. At one time there were over one million Mayans living in Belize. Many were struck by small pox, and all were driven out of Belize by the British in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Mature Mayan woman standing in front of Mayan ruins
Looking down on Mayan ruins
Mayan carvings on wall of ruins
Four mayan women in different colored dresses
Long house with thatched roof
Hand hewn beams covered with thatching as seen from the inside

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

Include the beautiful archeological site Xunantunich Mayan Ruins in your Belize travel.

xunauntich mayan ruins
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins with Mayan guide in forefront
Beautiful stone carving at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

Belize Lodging |Trek Stop

In the Cayo District, walking distance to Xunatunich and on the main bus route is The Trek Stop. Run by fellow Michiganders, this comfortable lodging is located in a tropical forest with daily visits from the local howler monkey.

See Dave's Adventure in the Belize Rainforest Surrounding the Trek Stop on YouTubes.

Trek Stop sign, cabins and camping
Wooden cabin with porch and hammock
Clean double bed
Inside composting toilet and sink
9 Hole Frisbee Golf sign