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: 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).
Reviewer: Lynn Everitt
If you like Mayan history, you'll love this. Bus driver was great, as well as Miss Joyce the guide. You can climb to the top of structures, have your picture taken, enjoy the museum, have lunch and visit the native vendors. Also tour the Belize City sites on the bus! A great tour. The road was not too bumpy. My daughter, a school bus driver was very impressed with the driver's ability!
Reviewer: Ken Fowler
Our tour guide, Ms. Joyce, was very informative, engaging, knowledgeable; all that you would expect from a professional tour. Belize City is charming along the waterfront but very third world with bumpy roads. The ride out to Altun-Ha was made enjoyable with our guide's knowledge of the country. The site of Altun-Ha was beautifully kept and fun to tour. The climb to the top of the temples was made easier and safer with hand rails. At 74, I was hesitant to climb to the top of the taller (52 feet) temple, but was rewarded with wonderful panoramic views of this site. This tour was worth our time.