Welcome, friends and families, to the charming lands of Belize! We are thrilled to offer you the “Community Baboon Sanctuary and Altun Ha Maya Ruins Shore Excursion” – an adventure-packed day with a delightful blend of wildlife and historical grandeur which promises to unveil the astonishing biodiversity of Belize’s rainforests, the bewitching charm of its local community, and the ancient secrets of the Maya civilization.
Upon docking, our friendly local guide will greet you at the cruise port with a beaming smile. We’ll board our air-conditioned transport to start our journey into Belize’s heartlands. As we travel, enjoy the scenic views of lush greenery, vibrant flora, and glimpses of wildlife. You’ll find these landscapes charmingly mesmerizing as they seamlessly blend into our first stop – the Community Baboon Sanctuary.
The sanctuary, despite its name, is home not to baboons but to over 200 Black Howler Monkeys, known locally as ‘baboons.’ Don’t be surprised if you hear their distinct, resonating calls echoing through the forest even before you spot them! These captivating creatures are one of the largest monkeys in the Americas and are a rare species worldwide. Here, they thrive, thanks to the extraordinary community conservation efforts. Our well-versed guides will fill you in on these fascinating animals and the collective eco-initiatives that protect them. Be ready with your cameras; these playful monkeys love posing for pictures! Don’t forget to take part in the interactive sessions where you can learn about local traditions and even try your hand at basket weaving or cashew roasting.
Refueled with a picnic-style lunch amidst the serenity of the forest, we’ll be ready to step back in time and venture into the world of the Maya civilization at the Altun Ha ruins.
Altun Ha, a significant ancient Mayan city, boasts majestic temple-pyramids that still stand firm, keeping countless secrets of a fascinating era. As you stroll through the site, you’ll discover grand plazas, ceremonial temples, and intricate stone carvings, all narrating stories of an advanced civilization that thrived here more than a millennium ago. Be ready to be mesmerized by the Temple of the Green Tomb, where precious jade, pearls, and gold objects were discovered. But, the highlight of Altun Ha is the “Temple of the Masonry Altars,” a massive structure that you can even climb to get a bird’s eye view of the entire complex and the lush jungle beyond. Standing atop, you’ll truly appreciate the grandeur of what was once the Mayan world.
Our knowledgeable guide will regale you with captivating tales of Mayan cosmology, rituals, and ancient day-to-day life, making the ruins come alive. Imagine yourself as a Mayan trader or a royal family member, and you’ll gain an understanding of the depth of this remarkable civilization. And, of course, there will be plenty of opportunities for family photos with the ruins as a unique backdrop. You might even spot some of Belize’s exotic birds, as the site is a favorite haunt for birdwatchers too!
As the day draws to a close, we’ll make our way back to the port. But don’t worry; the journey is just as engaging, with our guides sharing more about Belize’s culture, cuisine, and local life. Enjoy the tropical landscapes painted by the setting sun, a perfect end to an enriching day.
Embark on this voyage of discovery and adventure with us, filled with fun, education, and unique experiences. It’s more than just a shore excursion; it’s a chance to uncover the natural and historical treasures of Belize, connect with local communities, and create unforgettable memories with your family and friends. So come, let us welcome you to the land of eco-adventures, remarkable heritage, and warm hospitality.
After a day of fun, exploration, and education, you’ll be brimming with tales to tell your fellow cruisers. You might even find yourself replaying the day’s excitement in your dreams. The playful antics of the baboons, the touch of the ancient stones laden with stories, and the incredible views from the Mayan pyramid are sure to be highlights of your cruise holiday.
For parents, there’s an added bonus. You’ll appreciate how the day’s fun is artfully combined with education. Children will learn about unique wildlife, see first-hand the importance of community conservation, and discover the intriguing world of the ancient Maya civilization. It’s a fantastic way to introduce youngsters to the wonders of history and biodiversity, sowing the seeds of curiosity and respect for different cultures and the environment.
Don’t forget to pick up some mementos from our trip. Whether it’s a handcrafted item from the community or a special souvenir from Altun Ha, these keepsakes will serve as a tangible piece of Belize that you can carry back home.
As we return to the cruise port, you’ll feel a deep sense of satisfaction. This unique day trip is more than just a sight-seeing tour. It’s a deep-dive into the heart of Belize, touching upon its vibrant community life, rich biodiversity, and ancient Mayan civilization. It’s a day of discovery, learning, and fun-filled adventure – the perfect blend that brings together family and friends.
So get your backpack ready, put on your most comfortable shoes, don your adventurous spirit, and join us on the “Community Baboon Sanctuary and Altun Ha Maya Ruins Shore Excursion”. Trust us; you’ll be talking about this memorable journey long after the cruise has sailed to its next destination.
This is not just a tour; it’s an exploration of the past, a deep-dive into nature, and a hearty celebration of Belize’s vibrant community spirit. It’s the ultimate Belizean experience wrapped up in a day, ready for you to unravel. Sign up today, and let’s create some beautiful Belize memories together!
Adults US$145 Children under 13 years US$75
Shore Excursions are for cruise ship guests only!
3-6 adults US137.75 per person
7-10 adults US130.50 per person
11 or more US123.25 per person
prices calculate automatically at checkout. Only a deposit is taken to secure the reservation the balance is due in cash at the time of pickup a the port in Belize City. After your reservation is received we will email with pickup details as well as to get your ship information. We keep track of all arrival and departure times for all ships porting in Belize.
Should your ship not port for any reason we offer a 100% refund on your deposit!
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