Altun-Ha and Belize City Overview
Explore Altun Ha Mayan Ruins
Escape the large buses and the crowds that come on them on the Altun-Ha and Belize City Overview tour. As you drive for approximately 1 hour through the countryside to reach the site, your Belize tour guide will tell you of the mysterious and mystical Mayans.
The Altun-Ha (Mayan for stone water) area was first populated in 1000 B.C. and the city was expanded in A.D. 700. It is believed to have had a population of 3,000. Many high-status items, including jade recovered at the site, indicate the city was home to many wealthy citizens. Structure B4 revealed a richly furnished tomb of one of Altun-Ha's rulers, and among its contents is the largest jadeite sculpture yet found. It represents Kinich Ahau, the Mayan sun god. Weighing in at almost nine pounds, this has been Belize's most valuable find to date. Other tombs contained jadeite objects as well.
Excavations indicate that this center was part of a trade network that reached from the Caribbean coast to the central lowlands of Guatemala. The site covers an area of about five square miles. The central square mile of the site has remains of around 500 structures, the largest of which, the Temple of the Masonry Altars, is 54 feet high.
After your tour of Altun-Ha, you will travel back to Belize City where you will see historical sites such as St. John's Cathedral, where Kings from the Mosquito Coast were crowned, and the colonial mansion once occupied by British governors. This Belize tour concludes at the Belize Tourism Village.
Reviewer: Francis Moore
I was very pleased with the excursion. The driver/ leader was very knowledgeable and very courteous. He took the time to explain things to the group and did his best to accommodate us. It was an educational experience.
Reviewer: Zeleena Mohamed
Oh this excursion was amazing!! Our guides were hilarious!! Made the entire trip worth it. They’re very informative, I love learning about the towns of Belize more than Altun-Ha. The drive is long but worth it. The climb at Altun-Ha is worth it, so I say go for it! I’d do it again! Ask all the questions you want! I’m West Indian so they spoke my language and I felt right at home, get that coconut, get that pepper shrimp, get that Belikin!
Reviewer: Philip L Hancock
Exceptional guide who kept us entertained and did a great job of explaining about the country and people of Belize. The actual ruins we're incredible and worth the trip.
Reviewer: Jo Ann Ruccia
Tour guide for ruins was very knowledgeable and helpful to everyone. Bus ride from town to ruins just horrible due to road conditions which are primitive at best. Driver did the best he could, bus was nicely air conditioned and company provided cold water for trip there and on the return. Happy we made the trip.
Reviewer: Renea Samples
My group of seven people enjoyed the Altun-Ha ruins and Belize City Overview. There is a nice 1.5 hour bus ride to and from the ruins in an air conditioned bus. I was worried about the ruins because my mother is elderly and my husband is handicap and walks with a cane. He was able to walk to the court and view the ruins. He didn't have the strength to walk all around but he did get to see it from afar and sit in the shade. Overall it was a great experience.