Altun Ha Archaeological Site

Category
Attraction
Type of Attraction
Archaeological Site, Landmark
District/Region
Belize
Description
Highlights
  • Ancient Maya City
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Wildlife

About Location
The Altun Ha archaeological site is one of Belize's most excavated and restored site. The name is roughly translated of a new the nearby Yucatec Maya village, "Rockstone Pond". As an ancient Maya city, it had a population of about ten thousand inhabitants in the sorrounding areas. Being the only Maya site located in the Belize District, it has become a popular attraction to locals and tourists
 
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$
138
/ Adult
Departs From:
Belize City
Provider:
Altun Ha dates back to 200 B.C. and covers an area of 44 acres. The site is rich with wildlife like armadillos, bats, coati, tapir, foxes, and white-tailed deer. 200 species of birds ... moreand even crocodiles inhabit the large Maya-made water reservoir. This city was a very wealthy ceremonial center which is evidenced by the excavation of the famous jade head.
In the village of Bermudian landing, the people have established a special relationship with the black howler monkeys. It took years to foster this relationship of trust with the monkeys and now visitors can actually come face to face with these friendly creatures.

Departure time is 8:00 - 8:30 am
From Belize City

Things to wear:
comfortable walking shoes, comfortable athletic clothes, sun block.

**Price of a ferry from islands to tour starting point in Belize City can be a lot less if guests opt for us to purchase the ferry tickets for them.**
$
80
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
This tour is offered to capture both the wonderful world of the Maya and some of the amazing birds of Belize. The tour begins with pickup at your hotel, cruise ship or airport. We ... morehead to the old northern highway en route to the ancient Mayan City of Altun Ha, once a major trading city in the Mayan World and home to the famous jade head of Kinich Ahau. Passing through the savannas of northern Belize we may encounter the magnificent Jabiru, Black-throated Bobwhites and Vermilion Flycatchers. Leaving the savanna we pass through the old logging settlements of Luckystrike and Rockstone Pond and unto Altun Ha. At the site itself, our expert guide will provide you with a well-informed tour of the ancient city with pointing out birds that may be passing over; such as King Vultures, White-crowned Parrots, and Montezuma Oropendolas. Following the tour of the main site, we will take the trail to an ancient pond that was built by the people of Altun Ha to provide water during the dry season. Along the way, the broadleaf forest will provide us with species such as Golden-Olive Woodpeckers, Royal Flycatchers, Black-headed Trogons and our national bird the Keel-billed Toucan. At the pond, we'll come across Green and Ringed Kingfishers, Anhingas, Green Herons and even the surprise treat of a Morelet's Crocodile. After finishing up the tour we will head back to your drop-off location.
$
130
/ Person
$
575
/ Group
Departs From:
Belize City
Get a chance to see both Mayan World with the famous Mayan ruins of Altun Ha, and after enjoy guided sightseeing through Belize City (This is a 6 Hour Tour).... more

Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel, cruise terminal, Water taxi or the Municipal in Belize City. You will be transported in air-conditioned vehicle. Altun Ha is about 45-60 minutes From Belize City; 

Altun Ha Mayan Ruin (Rock Stone Pond) is the Mayan Ruin which the temple of the “Green Tomb.” Altun Ha consists of two plazas that include four ceremonial temples and two residential complexes. At this Maya sites in Belize, you can still climb to the top of the temples and enjoy the view of the Belize forest. The highest temple is approximately 16 meters. It was considered one of the wealthiest Maya sites in Belize as a result of the biggest carved Jade head which was found in the masonry temple which is the highest temple.

After the guided excursion to Altun Ha, your Guide will take you to a local restaurant to enjoy a traditional Belizean lunch. After lunch, we head back to Belize City to continue your day tour of Belize City. 

On this fully guided tour around historic Belize City, where you will enjoy this educational tour to visit several locations. Such as the ancient swing bridge over Haulover Creek, then we head through busy downtown streets of the city to the Anglican cathedral in Central America, St. John’s Cathedral built from bricks used as ballast in sailing ships of old. Directly across the street, you, will visit Government House, once home to the colonial Governors and now a museum. As we make our way through the city, we will be making 5 stops:

Museum of Belize (Previously the Old Belize City Prison)
Baron Bliss Lighthouse and The Belize Sign
St. John’s Church 
Old Government House (Now the House of Culture)
Downtown Belize City (Albert Street Shopping Central)

Throughout the tour, guests will have the opportunity to take pictures, buy souvenirs, eat the local cuisine and meet local fruit/food vendors.

After, we return to your hotel, cruise terminal, Water taxi or the Municipal in Belize City
$
101
70
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
Provider:
Altun Ha is located just 31 miles north of Belize City on a two-mile-long dirt road that connects the site to the Old Northern Highway. It covers an area of about five square miles ... moreand was once a major ceremonial and trading center. Once home to as many as 10,000 inhabitants over a 1,000 year-long period of occupation dating back as early as 200 BC, it was occupied as recently as the 10th century.

Howler monkeys are found only in the rainforests of the Americas. They are the largest monkey in Latin American rainforests growing as high as up to three feet tall when standing and weigh from eight to twenty-two pounds. They have big necks and lower jaws, where their super-sized vocal cords are housed. They live high in the trees and hang from branches by their tails. In order to mark their territory, the howlers make loud vocalizations.
$
73
45
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
Provider:
Altun Ha, a major ceremonial and vital trade center during the Classic Period, has two principal plazas. The most significant find of Altun Ha is the “Jade Head”, which represents ... morethe Mayan Sun God, Kinich Ahua; it is the largest object carved of jade in the Maya civilization.

It’s approximately a forty-five minutes drive from the city to the park. When doing this tour, a city tour is also done by the tour guide as you're driven through the city. Complimentary purified water for our guests is provided. Free use of our umbrellas if you need one for reasons such as the sun is too hot or if it starts to rain.
$
67
50
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
Small but impressive is what Altun Ha is known to be. This easily accessible Mayan city hold 2 large central plazas with medium pyramids surrounding them. Let your guide tell you all ... moreabout the Mayan Families and rituals that once took place at Altun Ha on while you explore each structure carefully.
$
40
/ Person
$
50
/ Adult
Departs From:
Belize City
The tour begins with your pick up at 8:15 AM (or requested time). It takes one hour to arrive at the destination 31 miles north of Belize City near a village called Rock Stone Pond; ... morefrom here it is a short hike to Altun Ha. The tour includes a detailed history of our country and the Maya Civilization. A complete tour of the site is completed in one and a half hours.
$
75
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
Provider:
Guest will be picked up upon requested by our trained tour guides at Fort Street Tourist Village. Our guide will reassure that all guest are comfortable and safely seated in our 15 ... moreseater air condition vans. The 1-hour journey will start with us heading onto the Phillip Goldson highway. Along the way, the guest will be enlightened will knowledge of our beautiful country Belize. Various flora and fauna will be seen along the way. We will arrive at the Altun Ha Maya site and our guides will instruct the guest on the order in which they will go, along with a map of the grounds. The actual time on the site will be for about 2 hours. Guests will be able to climb the Maya Ruins and take pictures. The tour guide will provide a lot of information about the site. This is an adventure you cannot miss while you're in Belize. Book with us today to have the time of your life...
$
65
/ Adult
Departs From:
Belize City
Altun Ha and Belize City Half Day Tour Tour Guide will meet Guest/s at Fort Street Tourism Village in Belize City then will commence tour by engaging guests with an Educational tour ... moreon the North side of Belize City stopping at the Light House/ Baron Bliss monument then proceed along the Marine Parade and provide Historic information on key locations Chateau Caribbean Hotel, Central Bank of Belize, MCC Grounds, BTL Park (formerly known as Lindbergh Landing), Marion Jones Sporting Complex, ST. John’s College, Edward P Yorke High School, Nazarene High School, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), Social Security Board and Palotti High School. Then take the exit on the Phillip Goldson Highway heading in the Belize District about 30 miles north of Belize City on the Old Northern Highway and about 6 miles west of the shore of the Caribbean Sea.

Altun Ha was a wealthy ceremonial center boasting two main plazas, thirteen structures (including the Temple of Sun God or the Temple of the Masonry Altars). Altun Ha is not very far from the Caribbean Sea and it formed part of a unique cultural zone along with other coastal sites. 

It is also where the Largest Jade was ever found in the Mayan Kingdom. During an excavation, Dr. David Pendergast, along with Mr. Wilhelm Leslie of Rockstone Pond, and another Belizean (Mr. Winston Herbert of Lucky Strike Village), had discovered the famous jade sculpture of Kinich Ahau, in 1968. 

After visiting Altun Ha we head back towards Belize City were your Tour Guide will take you along the South side of Belize City where guests will be able to view life on the south side of the city then will make a short stop at one of the oldest church in Central America, St. John’s Cathedral built in 1812, then will proceed back to the Fort Street Tourism Village.
$
69
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
Lace up your shoes and prepare to get a workout on this Belize excursion as you explore the famous ruins of Altun Ha. Translated as"Rockstone Pond" in the Mayan language, this multi-structure ... morearcheological site covers 44 acres and was occupied from B.C. 900 to about A.D. 1000.

This family-friendly, 4-hour tour is perfect for those who want to get a little exercise while visiting some of the area's must-see attractions. Wander through the structures to see the Central Precinct and the Sun God Tomb. See the traces of fire on structure C17 and climb 54 feet up the Temple of the Masonry Altars - the site's largest structure and the logo inspiration for Belikin, Belize's leading brand of beer - for a bird's eye view of the entire site.

Notice the large crocodiles inhabiting the Maya-made pond adjacent to the main temple throughout this Belize excursion. This area is also rich with other wildlife including armadillos, bats, paca, foxes, raccoons, tapir and white-tailed deer. Remember to snap some photos to grace the walls of your home or office. Visit the museum and check out the artifacts then stop in one of the many small shops and pick up a souvenir or two before heading back to your Hotel, Airstrip or Cruise Ship.

Book now to experience this Mayan jewel in the jungle that is sure to be a favorite memory for years to come.
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