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: 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.
Reviewer: Philip Gulak
Tour consisted of nice air conditioned school bus ride through city and countryside to the ruins. Unfortunately rained the entire day except for 15 minutes during the ruins tour. Very educational, interesting and worth the trip. Tour guides were excellent on history, country and people.
Our ship arrived late. They waited for us for almost an hour until we arrived at their counter. Our tour guide Joyce was fun and knowledgeable. From her, we learned a lot about Belize. Altun-Ha and Belize City were the best part of our cruise. I recommend this company and this excursion.