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Nim Li Punit (Big Hat), Toledo District

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Historic Site
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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  • Always heard about this place but never had an opportunity to visit. Was glad to get the opportunity to visit one of Belize"s many Maya Sites in the Country. The place is neat and well kept. I didn't ...  more »
  • Took a tour April 26, 2017... Wish I had done a bit of homework in reading up on significance of discovery... Otherwise well organized tour. Note: there is no gift shop yet, or any phamplets of histor...  more »
  • Visited as part of a cruise ship excursion. The tour guide was very good and the site is in the jungle. Interesting little museum with beautiful Mayan art. Definitely worth a visit.  more »