Nim Li Punit

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altNim Li Punit “The Big Punit” (121.32 Acres)


The name Nim Li Punit is derived from a carving on one of the site's twenty six stelae, which depicts a figure wearing a large headdress. In the Maya Kekchi language, Nim li Punit  means "the big hat." The monument on which this carving appears is the longest stela in Belize (Stela 14), originally located in an area called Plaza of the Stelae.

Nim Li Punit is a small site in the Toledo District. It is situated on a ridge in the foothills of the Maya Mountains just off the Southern Highway, 25 miles north of Punta Gorda. Nim Li Punit is regarded as a ceremonial center consisting of two plazas, one higher than the other. There are 25 stelae of which 8 are carved. The largest structure is 33-40 feet above the plaza level and is constructed of dry, sandstone typical of sites in southern Belize. There are 3 plaza areas and a ballcourt. The concentration of so many stelae makes this a unique site.

Directions

From Belmopan, take the Hummingbird Highway for 45 miles until you reach the Southern Highway Exit.  Turn right onto the Southern Highway and travel an additional 50 miles (1 ½ hours) until you reach Indian Creek Village.  Exit to the right on the gravel road and continue for about 1/2 mile until you reach the reserve.

Opening Hours

365 days in the year from 8 am – 5:00pm

Fees & reservations

Belizeans: BZD$5.00
Non-Belizeans: BZD $10.00
Belizeans enter FREE on Sundays and Public and Bank Holidays
School, Church and Government Groups need to contact the IA office for official Pass to visit this site.

Amenities


Free Parking

Trails

Restrooms

Flora & Fauna

Filming /Permits

All Commercial Filming requires a Film Permit. For further information contact the Institute of Archaeology
Wedding Ceremonies – Fee & Permit required  Contact the Institute of Archaeology.
 

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