Belize Cave Tubing and Altun Ha Maya Ruins Tour

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Belize Tours, Fort Street, Belize City, Belize
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Duration

6 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English, Espanol

About this tour

Belize Cave Tubing and Altun Ha Maya Ruins Tour for guests who want to learn the history of the ancient Maya, as well as visit the underworld “Xibalba”

Your Belize Cave Tubing 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 Mayan Ruins if Altun Ha, a short 45 minute drive from Belize City near the village of Rock Stone Pond. On arrival your guide will pay all entrance fees and its off on tour.

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 Nohoch Che’en Archaeological Reserve, the hub for your Belize Cave Tubing adventure a short 1 hour drive away. In route you will stop and have a delicious Belizean Lunch.
On arrival at the park your guide will once again pay all entrance fees, you then adorn your cave tubing gear while your guide give you a safety orientation.

After orientation, grab your tube, life vest and caving light, and walk a leisurely jungle trail through two dry cave systems and under beautiful primary broad-leaf rain-forest to the entrance of the cave system and the most popular tour in Belize – cool and comfortable floating through gorgeous stalactite and stalagmite filled caverns where the ancient Maya people once practiced the important rite of traveling through the underworld, ruled by the nine dark lords of their cosmological religion.

Your guides will take you safely through the system, and then, at the end of the caves, enjoy a beautiful outdoor float under the canopy of the rain-forest, with some sunshine coming down through the canopy. At the end (this is actually a circuit – you float back to where you started hiking!), enjoy a fabulous local lunch, and then back to your original start point.

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.

 

Belize Cave Tubing and Altun Ha Maya Ruins Tour Time

6.5 Hours

Belize Cave Tubing and Altun Ha Maya Ruins Tour Cost

US145 per person

Included/Excluded

  • Air Conditioned Transfer
  • Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Entrance Fees
  • All Cave Tubing Gear
  • Complementary Lunch
  • Water
  • Water Taxi or Local Flights to and from Belize City.
  • Souvenirs/Gifts
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity

Itinerary

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.

Durations

5 - 7 hours

Languages

English
Espanol

Tour's Location

Belize Tours, Fort Street, Belize City, Belize

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Kelly G

02/16/2020

Great Tour!

We had a large group 13 of us and did the cave tubing and Altun Ha tour. We had a blast with our guides Jerry and Roberto. Just a heads up this tour has a lot of driving involved. 3 plus hours. The only complaints I have is our van was pretty packed and we were lucky one of the people in our party had to stay on the ship because they weren’t feeling well. Even with one person sitting this one out our guide Jerry had to stand the whole time. We also had to fuel up on our way back to the ship which I think is a little odd. Would make sense to have the van ready to go for the day. Enough of the negative stuff. The caves are AMAZING and our guides were very knowledgeable and please understand they are pulling you through the river and caves while telling you the history of the area. A lot of work for these folks and they were great! Here is a great tip. Our guides asked us if we wanted to have our tubes hauled up for us by a local so our hands would be free to take pictures ect. I highly recommend doing this not only does it help someone out it makes the 25 min hike a lot easier. Cost was $5 per couple and worth every penny. After the caves it was off to the ruins and WOW! Again our guides Jerry and Roberto were very informative with all the history of the site. We were able to spend about 45 min at the site which was plenty. Then it was off for the hour van ride back to the ship. We were running low on time so our lunch was to go and we picked it up and ate in the van. We made it back to port with 20 min to spare. My only advise is be prepared for a lot of driving time and also be to the pick up site as early as you can so you get the full experience. We had a blast and loved our guides! Kelly and Pawnee March 14th 2019. Carnival Dream.
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woody5048

02/16/2020

Altun Ha Cave Tubing and Zipline Tour from Belize City

We are staying in San Pedro, Belize for 2 months. When our daughter and her husband visited for a week, we booked an inland tour including zip line, cave tubing and Altun Ha ruins tour with Belize Tours Marketplace. We were picked up at the Ocean Ferry by our guide, Luis. He was fantastic. He knows so much about the history of Belize and current information. As we went from place to place he would see things like billboards or highway signs and he would tell us all about the names, events or history pertinent. In the cave, he knew about how and why certain formations were there and the Mayan significance. He was a wealth of information in the Mayan ruins as well. We couldn’t be more pleased and highly recommend this company.
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mike m

02/16/2020

Belize City Tour, Belize Cave Tubing and Alton Ha Mayan City Ruins

Belize City Tour, Belize Cave Tubing and Alton Ha Mayan City Ruins Our booked excursion was Belize City Tour, Belize Cave Tubing from cave #3, and Altun Ha Mayan City. My wife and I took our 1st Carnival Cruise and booked all of our Excursions on-line separate from the ones offered by Carnival Cruises. When we arrived in Belize we were met at the dock by our 2 tour guides Roberto Botes and Abner (Abby) with Belize Tours Marketplace. Our only real big concern besides having lots of fun was to make sure we got back to the dock to board the ship before it left for the next port. Roberto immediately set our minds at ease already knowing exactly when we had to be back and which part of the tour to do first and how much time we had at each leg of the tour. We started with the Belize City Tour as we headed out for the Belize Cave Tubing. Both Roberto and Abner were a wealth of knowledge of the City of Belize, their Country and the Mayan People. Both were very friendly, out-going, courteous and entertaining the entire tour. Abner was our main guide on the Belize Cave tubing part of the tour. It took us maybe 20 minutes to hike to cave #3. He talked to us all the way to the cave entrance telling us all about the history of the caves and the National park we were hiking through. He then attached all of our tubes together and assisted us all the way through the caves, telling us all about them as we floated through them. We were a little bit ahead of schedule as we headed out for the Mayan ruins. We stopped at a local restaurant in which Roberto treated us to an authentic Mayan lunch of rice bean and chicken. Very delicious!!! Once arriving at the Mayan Ruins Roberto gave us both an unbelievably great tour with a wealth of information about the ruins and its ancient inhabitants. I thought he must have actually lived amongst the Mayans because he knew so much about the people and the ancient ruins. My wife actually got in a little bit of shopping and we made it back to the ship with 45 minutes to spare. Anyone using Belize Fun Tours, I would recommend highly these 2 tours guides Roberto and Abner with Belize Fun tours. They were both totally outstanding in every way. Also my wife and I were the only 2 that showed up for this tour and they still took us on the tour (an outstanding private tour as it was) which I know wasn't very cost effective and I know for a fact that many other tours would not have done that for just 2 people . Many thanks to these two tour guides and Belize Fun Tours for helping to make our vacation Awesome!! FIVE STARS *****
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