Nim Li Punit

A key to the past and Mayan culture

Nim Li Punit is definitely not the largest Mayan ruin in central America. It isn't known for its size, however, is known for it's large collection of stele. A Stele, otherwise known as Stela is a vertical stone slab with significant religious or memorial relief designs. These designs can be inscriptions or just art to remember a significant person or event. Nim Li Punit has about 26 stele, one of which depict a figure wearing a large headdress. Its this distinct carving that gives the park its name. Nim Li Punit in the Maya Kekchi language translates to "the Big Hat." The park itself has two visitor centers for guessed to learn more about the site and it's Stele. Guests can see a variety of artifacts in these visitor's center as well as displays on the customs, dress, food, dance, and language of the Mayan people. The ruins are composed of three areas the East Group, South Group, and West Group. The East Group consists of the Northern terraces, which experts say might have been used to study Astronomy. The South Group consists of actually two complexes labeled the Royal Toubs and the Plaza of the Stella. One of the most popular parts of the South Group is the ball court. No one knows quite what the rule's were for the game played at the ball court, but scientist theorize that the ball represented celestial bodies like the sun and the moon. The South Group also contains the Plaza of the Stellae which originally contained the twenty-six stone monuments. Finally the West Group contains the Plaza Akam. There are several trails that go through these ruins for guests to respectfully admire the structures. Nim Li Punit may be a small cite compared to other Mayan structural remains, but it is rich with culture. For a true look into the past Nim Li Punit is a must-visit for your vacation adventure.