“Nim Li Punit” I had to say it a few times to get the pronunciation right. But getting right to these spectacular Mayan ruins wasn’t much of a problem. After a quick drive from Placencia down the Southern Highway, we finally saw the sign to take a right up a long steep unpaved hill. Stopping to make sure the Land Rover was locked in 4×4 low before climbing the hill to get to the site, we admired the beauty of the all the thatched roofed homes we passed. Southern Belize is truly Mayan country. Additionally tourism is new to this region, and you will be seeing sites and experiencing nature and cultures as few have.
Although the drive is less than a mile after turning off the highway, driving up to the entrance of the site is quite steep. However, the view from the top is quite rewarding, with a clear view of the Caribbean to the east and the Mayan mountains in the backdrop of the ruins.
Not as impressive as Lubaantun, Altun Ha, or Xunantunich, Nim Li Punit still holds it’s own and is totally worth checking out. It will make a great side trip if you’re making your way to Punta Gorda, or any other points south in the Toledo district. We love Southern Belize as it is virtually under developed and untouched. There are seven major parks and reserves in the Toledo district, and all are protected and pristine. Rainforests, estuarine environments, and protected forest abound with incredible biodiversity. There are a variety of caves, sinkholes and waterfalls that are scattered beneath the forest canopy throughout the district as well.
Nim Li Punit was discovered in 1976. It’s not a very large site and can be fully explored in about an hour. Many Mayan archaeological sites are unexcavated and largely undiscovered in southern Belize. Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun are the only Mayan sites in Toledo that have tourist facilities. We enjoyed exploring the site and were the only ones there when we arrived. The tranquility, the wildlife, the location, it’s easy to reset your mind to imagine a when the site was in its heyday. Make plans to visit, you’ll be glad you did.You can get more detailed information here: http://southernbelize.com/nimli.html