Mayan Tower with Masks, Lamanai, Belize

Mayan Masks Lamanai Temple Belize

Several of the pyramidal temples at Lamanai, Belize featured large masks on the facade. Some were well preserved with fiberglass coatings, others, like these, are suffering the ravages of the jungle. Belize, we were told by our guide, has no organized preservation effort going on their Mayan sites. When I asked him why the government wasn't currently working to preserve and restore the sites to promote tourism, he laughed a bit, then shrugged.

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