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: Valentina Gaca
Many thanks to our guide, Miss J! She was absolutely fantastic, gave us a lot of information on city and the Mayan ruins we visited. Definitely recommend the tour - ruins are worth the time! A big shout out to Miss J from the lady with paparazzi camera!
Reviewer: Tammera Hartlieb
Me and my girlfriend who is handicap When on this tour I could never say enough Our guide was the best took his time and Made her feel like she was not a bother Went above and beyond to ensure she Was comfortable... And not only that he did not even let Walk Up the Maya ruins alone he walked it with me ... So to Paul thank you so much for make our trip to Belize City the best... Just wish we had more time ...lol hope he Reads this because I could not tell him How he made the trip so great for me ...
Reviewer: Tim Davis
Leaving the ship by water taxi was pretty cool.The Ruins is about an hour drive from port. Our guide talked the whole way out and back , explaining the lifestyles of the locals and the normal in that country.( Nice Touch) At the ruins it was pretty cool climbing the stair cases that has been in use for centuries. Our guide gave lots of history and details of the culture. She was full of information, it created a feel of the past environment.
Reviewer: Cristina Franco
Our guide was delightful, very informative, really knew the history of Belize. She was a native, so it was nice to hear her perspective on the country. She assured us we would make it back in time before the boat left and we did, even though we ran into traffic problems, a sick passenger, and bumpy roads. Thank you for the experience.
Reviewer: Falechia Simmons
I had a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute of the tour. We started in the city of Belize with the wonderful Ms. "J". She was very informative and also kept the group active in conversation. I loved the ruins and it was awesome to climb. P.S..Make sure you bring your bug spray and sneakers. We ended the tour in the outskirts of the city and I enjoyed seeing the culture and way of life. I would recommend this tour to all ages (wheelchairs are allowed).