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Amazing Altun Ha Maya Ruins Tour Ranked Number 1!

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Duration

3 to 4 hours

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Daily Tour

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Unlimited

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Languages

English, Espanol

Overview

Amazing Altun Ha Maya Ruins Tour Ranked Number 1!

Altun Ha is located 31 miles north of Belize City on the Old Northern Highway. A two-mile dirt road connects the main road to the site. The area around the Altun Ha is rich in wildlife including armadillos, bats, squirrels, agouti, paca, foxes, raccoons, coati, tapir and the white-tailed deer. Two hundred species of birds have been recorded and there are large crocodiles that inhabit the Maya-made water reservoir.

Altun Ha was a wealthy ceremonial center boasting two main plazas, thirteen structures (including the Temple of Sun God or the Temple of the Masonry Altars). Altun Ha is not very far from the Caribbean Sea and it formed part of a unique cultural zone along with other coastal sites. There are also no stelae at Altun Ha but the discovery of rich tombs indicates that the ruling elite enjoyed access to substantial amounts of exotic goods.

Another interesting part of this site is the presence of a large, water reservoir called “Rockstone Pond”. The bottom of this reservoir is lined with yellow clay giving the bottom firmness capable of retaining water.

Altun Ha, named after the modern day village that was developed there (Rockstone Pond), was first recognized in 1957 by A.H. Anderson, the Archaeological Commissioner of that time. In February of that year he had followed up on a report made by the Public Works Department of some questionable mounds in the area where they were planning to push some roads. He found them to be archaeological mounds.

The earliest evidence of settlement at Altun Ha dates to 200 B.C., although it is likely that nomadic hunting-and-gathering tribes lived in the area long before then. The first major construction took place around A.D. 100 in the form of a temple near the principal reservoir, but by the beginning of the Classic Period (A.D. 250) the focus had shifted to the area which the visitor sees today. This was to be the central core of the site for some six centuries. The northern plaza (Plaza A) was the primary ceremonial precinct until close to the end of the Early Classic (around A.D. 550) when construction was begun on the Plaza B.

Altun Ha Tour:
You tour of Altun Ha starts with pickup from your accommodations, airbnb, water taxi or municipal airstrip in Belize City. From here we travel north along the Philip Goldson Highway to mile 19 where we enter the old Northern Highway better known as the maskal road for 14 miles to the village of Rock Stone Pond. The name Altun Ha, translates to the same.

On arrival at the site your you can use the bathroom while your guide pays the entrance fees. You then make your way into the visitor center where your guide will deliver your introduction to the site.

As you walk the site your guide will give you the history of the city of Altun Ha, its rise and its collapse. You can climb various temples including the famed Sun God temple where the largest carved jade object ever found in Meso-America was discovered. The Jade Head.

After your tour of Altun Ha, we make our way back out to a local Belizean Restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal of Rice and Beans cooked in coconut milk, stew chicken and cole slaw, with the chefs “Michelle” secret habanero pepper sauce. Don’t worry you put on that topping yourself.

At the end of lunch we re-board your van for the short 30 minute drive back to Belize City, where we return you to your pickup location.

Links to popular articles

Altun Ha on Wikipedia
Altun Ha on the National Institute for Culture and History.
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Amazing Altun Ha Maya Ruins Tour Ranked Number 1!

Altun Ha is located 31 miles north of Belize City on the Old Northern Highway. A two-mile dirt road connects the main road to the site. The area around the Altun Ha is rich in wildlife including armadillos, bats, squirrels, agouti, paca, foxes, raccoons, coati, tapir and the white-tailed deer. Two hundred species of birds have been recorded and there are large crocodiles that inhabit the Maya-made water reservoir.

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Itinerary

Pickup

We pickup from your hotel, AirBnB, Vacation Rentals or homes.

Transfer to Altun Ha

Roughly and hours drive North to the village or Rockstone Pond through small villages. On the way your guide explains the history of Old Belize, and flora and fauna of the area.

Arrival and Tour

Upon arrival at the park, use bathrooms, and its off to tour. guide will provide purified bottled water to keep you hydrated on tour.

Lunch

At the end of your tour we make our way back to the parking lot re-board the van and make your way to our restaurant where we have lunch. Lunch is local Belizean cuisine of Rice and Beans, stew chicken and coleslaw. From time to time local game meats are available to sample if your brave enough.

Return to Belize City

After lunch we Re-board our van for your return to Belize city and your tour of the Old Capital of Belize.

Included/Exclude

  • Air Conditioned Transfer
  • Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Complementary Lunch
  • Souvenirs/Gifts
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity

Tour's Location

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KimS1590

16/02/2020

Altun Ha and Belize City Tour

On our honeymoon, we decided to book off the cruise ship for better prices, and I'm so glad we did! Our prices were cheaper, and our tours were much more intimate, in fact, we were the only two on the tour! Melanie met us outside the terminal, and we got in her car after she took our picture in front of the Belize sign. Mel was funny, smooth, and knew her stuff. She gave great shopping hints (buy from the locals off the port!) And was just super fun! I definitely recommend her and her company, and look forward to visiting some of the other sites around Belize.
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Darcina K

16/02/2020

Best Belize We had a GREAT time!

Melanie was our guide out to Altun Ha ruins. Very knowledgeable, very personable, and we felt completely comfortable with her. The lunch was awesome as well! We were met exactly where they said they would be when we got off the ship. All in all, I would say Melanie made this a great first trip to but Belize!!
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Rich W

16/02/2020

Altun Ha and Running in Belize

The Altun Ha tour and run along the coast were spectacularly supported by Belize Fun Tours. Of all our excursions from our ship on its week-long tour, Lou's was the friendliest, most professional and the one I learned the most from. Our entire group was talking about this excursion over and over again the rest of the cruise!
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