Maya Mountains

Guatemala Belize Victoria Peak (Belize)
Maya Mountains
Montañas Mayas
Maya Mountains, Cayo District, Belize.jpg
Maya Mountains during clear conditions
Highest point
PeakDoyle's Delight
Elevation1,124 m (3,688 ft)
Coordinates16°29′39″N 89°2′45″W / 16.49417°N 89.04583°W / 16.49417; -89.04583Coordinates: 16°29′39″N 89°2′45″W / 16.49417°N 89.04583°W / 16.49417; -89.04583
Length70 mi (110 km)
CountriesBelize and Guatemala
Age of rockMesozoic (Cretaceous)
Type of rockKarstic

The Maya Mountains are a mountain range located in Belize and eastern Guatemala, in Central America.


The range's highest peaks are Doyle's Delight at 1,124 metres (3,688 ft), and Victoria Peak at 1,120 metres (3,670 ft).

The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is a notable nature reserve within the range.


The mountains are mainly made of Paleozoic era granite and sediments.

The Maya Mountains and associated foothills contain a number of important Mayan ruins including the sites of Lubaantun,[1] Nim Li Punit, Cahal Pech,[2] and Chaa Creek.

Maya Mountains, with Victoria Peak in the center.

See also


  1. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Lubaantun, The Megalithic Portal (2007)
  2. ^ "Distribution of Early Middle Formative Period Sites". Archived from the original on 2003-02-20. Retrieved 2008-03-15.