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Nim Li Punit (Big Hat), Toledo District

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Nim Li Punit is a Maya Classic Period site in the Toledo District of the nation of Belize, located 40 kilometres north of the town of Punta Gorda, at 16° 19' N, 88° 47' 60W. Nim Li Punit is sometimes known as Big Hat or Top Hat; the name is Kekchi Maya for "Big Hat", referring to the large elaborate head-dress on a stela sculpture found on site depicting one of the site's ancient kings.Nim Li Punit is a medium-sized site from the Maya Classic Period, flourishing from the 5th century AD through the 8th century AD. It consists of structures around three plazas, including several step-pyramids, the tallest being 12.2 meters high. The site has a number of carved stelae illustrating the ancient city's rulers. Several stelae are in an unfinished state, suggesting a sudden halt to work. The site is near Belize's Southern Highway and is open to visitors subject to an admission charge.
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  • We took this tour as a shore excursion while sailing with Norwegian. It also included a trip to a spice farm. We had a great time. Our guide Nathaniel was part of the team involved with the site excav...  more »
  • We selected H2OTierraTours for the trip to Nim Li Punit and found the choice was an excellent one. Clean comfortable transportation, good road (the best for us so far in four excursions in Belize), an...  more »
  • This has to be one of the best kept secrets of cruise offerings for Maya sites. We did it out of Harvest Cay on the Norwegian Jade. Guides were good, drive to site was under an hour and well worth the...  more »