Activity Level
5 hours
Tour Time
Archaeology Tour, Eco Tour, History Tour
Tour Type
Belize City, Caye Caulker, Cruise Port, San Pedro
Departure Location

Your Altun Ha and Belize Zoo tour starts An hour northward out of Belize City, your disembarkation point, along quaint country roads, secondary rain-forest, Creole villages and isolated farms, rises the majestic beauty of the Maya ceremonial center called Altun Ha (rock stone pond). Royal priests ruled Altun Ha for many centuries, and traded with other Mayan centers in Meso-America. Some 55 years ago, Dr. David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada, along with his excavation team, discovered a tomb of a priest in the Temple of the Masonry Altars, and in it, a nine and three quarter pound jade carving of the Sun God, Kinich Ahau – a world famous event! Climb prepared stone steps to the stars! Surround yourself with the aura of these ancient stargazers living in the rain-forests of Belize. After your tour of Altun Ha travel to the Belize Zoo, the only zoo of its kind in Central America and the Caribbean.

As the only facility of its kind within the Latin American and Caribbean region, The Belize Zoo delicately combines all the fascination and appeal of a stereotypical zoo with a well monitored conservation effort which allows native wildlife to flourish within its unique natural habitat. The zoo is located 29 west of Belize City, a convenient 45 minute bus ride from the Belize Tourist Village cruise port, rendering it accessible to stop-over visitors who wish to sample the splendor of the pristine Belizean wilderness without venturing too far from Belize City.

Certainly, the zoo’s most attractive feature is its user friendly layout consisting of a variety of well constructed walkways, spacious viewing platforms, and interactive exhibits which allow visitors to get up close and personal with the animals behind the safety barriers of carefully re-created habitats.  Each exhibit is intricately tailored to the specific species which it showcases by the use of all indigenous shrubs and trees as well as the inclusion of well landscaped ponds and wetlands.

The over 175 animals representing 45 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles include the country’s most revered national symbols particularly the colorful keel-billed toucan, the majestic tapir or “mountain cow”, and rare black orchid in addition to the towering jabiru stork, elusive black jaguar, and playful howler monkeys.

After a leisurely stroll around the winding walkways of the 28 acres compound visitors may purchase a souvenir at the fully stocked gift shop, enjoy a picnic lunch in the spacious playground area adjacent to the parking lot or opt to enjoy a hearty Belizean meal in the café adjacent to the gift shop.

NOTE: This tour is perfect for families, children, elderly persons and people with mobility issues.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Belize City, Hotel, Accommodations, Airstrip, Water Taxi
DEPARTURE TIME Please be ready at least 15 minutes before departure
Water Licensed guides
Local transportation All entrance fees
Guide gratuity

Please bring along sunblock, cap, bug repellent. Please note that there is a minimum of two persons for this excursion. Please note that after your booking we will be in touch to get all the details, hotel accommodation etc.



We pickup from your hotel, Municipal Airstrip, Water Taxi or Bus Stop.

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. 

Transfer to Belize Zoo

After the Tour of Altun Ha we reboard your vehicle for transfer to the Belize Zoo.Lunch is available for purchase should you decide.

The Belize Zoo

A short 45 minute drive brings us to the Belize Zoo, your guide will give you a courtesy map and walk you on a guided tour of the Belize Zoo. Note that even though you are given a map your tour of the Belize Zoo is fully guided. Special Wildlife Encounter options are available for this tour. (Additional costs at the zoo apply. These can be paid direct at the zoo should your decide you want to do.)

Return to Belize City

After your tour, we re-board the van for your trip back to Belize city a short 45 minutes away.

1 to 5 guests 5% automatic at checkout
6 to 10 guests 10% automatic at checkout
11 and above 15 % automatic at checkout.

The Belize Zoo
Altun Ha and Howler Monkey Sanctuary
Altun Ha and Howler Monkey Sanctuary
Altun Ha and Howler Monkey Sanctuary

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