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El Pilar Archaeological Reserve

El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna is located north of Bullet Tree Falls in the Cayo District, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from San Ignacio. El Pilar means, "pillara" in Spanish, and it was named after an army camp in the area. El Pilar lies in an area that had been cultivated for many years with numerous farms. The site is located on high terrain, giving the visitor a beautiful view across the Belize River Valley.

El Pilar is the largest Classical Maya sites in the Belize River Valley, with a well-defined ceremonial section, including both private and public areas. There are at least 15 courtyards or plazas covering an area of 50 acres. The center has one ball court in the south, a major palace in the north, and a sacbe (causeway) leading to Guatemala. Tikal in Guatemala is only 48 kilometers (32 miles) from El Pilar.

Tour details:

Departure: 8:00 and 1:00 pm daily

Distance: Approximately 1 hour drive time

Duration: Half day

Habitat: Sub-tropical broadleaf forest

Fitness: Moderate

Dress: Short or long pants and sturdy protective footwear -- sleeve lengths are optional

Lunch: Pack lunch can be pre arranged with concierge if required

What To Bring Along:

Hat, sunscreen, water, insect repellant, camera, raingear if needed and binoculars.

Interested in exploring Maya Temples in Belize? Call us at 877-709-8708 for information.

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