Your Belize ATV and Altun Ha Maya Ruins tour starts with pickup from your Accommodations in or around Belize City or the Water Taxi or Municipal Airstrip. We depart for the village of Bomba a short 1hour drive from Belize city and close proximity to Altun Ha Mayan Ruins.
Here your mixed belize ATV adventure maya history tour begins.
Your guides will adorn you with safety equipment and give you a thorough introduction on how to ATV safely inside the rainforest. Your total tour time on the ATV adventure is roughly 1.5 hours. After your adventure you head to the village of Rock Stone Pond nearby, home to Altun Ha Maya Temples.
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.
After your tour of this Magnificent Maya Archaeological Marvel your Belize Cave Tubing and Altun Ha Maya Ruins Tour continues, re-board your van and head to enjoy a delicious local lunch. (note that on some holidays this may not be available and we will substitute with packed lunch)
After lunch we head back into Belize city for your return to your accommodations, water taxi or local flight back to the islands.
Guests coming from San Pedro Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker are responsible for water taxi or local flight cost to Belize City.
This tour is also available for cruise ship guests docking in Belize City.
US145 per person
We pickup from your hotel, AirBnB, Vacation Rentals, Homes
Roughly and hours drive west to St. Mathews village is the turn of into the Nohoch Che’en Archeological Park. On the way your guide will explain the history of Belize and flora and fauna of the surrounding area.
Upon arrival at the park, change and use bathrooms, gear up and its off to your cave tubing adventure. A short 45 minute hike into the rainforest to the top of the caves, on the way your guide explains the surrounds, flora and fauna. Unlike Cruise guests that go only to cave 3 you make your way to 4, as you have enough time. At the caves entrance your guide latches all tubes together and your off, on your float back in time your guide explains the history of the caves and its importance to the Ancient Maya. At the end float back to the initial start point.
At the end of your tour we make our way back to the parking lot where we sit and have a delicious local Belizean Lunch.
An hours driver east bring us to the small village of Rock Stone Pond which shares its name with the ancient Maya city of Altun Ha. On arrival you take a quick bathroom break all who need and its off to learn the history of the Ancient Maya who once occupied the city. The city, an important trading post on the coast of Belize at its peak housed more than 10,000 Maya. After your tour, we return to Belize city.