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.
Price: US145 per adult, US95 per child under 9 years.
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|
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.