Altun Ha Tours
Special Offer: Belize Cave Tubing, Zip Line, and Altun Ha Mayan Ruins
Group of 4 + : $150.00 per/ person
Altun Ha and Cave Tubing Group of 4+: Only USD$110.00 per/ person
Call us: 011-501-600-2631
Altun Ha Mayan Ruins is the name given ruins of an ancient Mayan city in Belize, located in the Belize District about 30 miles (50 km) north of Belize City and about 6 miles (10 km) west of the shore of the Caribbean Sea.
"Altun Ha" is a modern name in the Maya language, coined by translating the name of the nearby village of Rockstone Pond. The ancient name is at present unknown.
The largest of Altun Ha's temple-pyramids, the "Temple of the Masonry Altars", is 54 feet (16 m) high. A drawing of this structure is the logo of Belize's leading brand of beer, "Belikin".
The site covers an area of about 5 miles (8 km) square. The central square mile of the site has remains of some 500 structures.
Archeological investigations show that Altun Ha was occupied by 200 BC. The bulk of construction was from the Maya Classic era, c. 200 to 900 AD, when the site may have had a population of about 10,000 people. About 900 there was some looting of elite tombs of the site, which some think is suggestive of a revolt against the site's rulers. The site remained populated for about another century after that, but with no new major ceremonial or elite architecture built during that time. After this the population dwindled, with a moderate surge of reoccupation in the 12th century before declining again to a small agricultural village.
The ruins of the ancient structures had their stones reused for residential construction of the agricultural village of Rockstone Pond in modern times, but the ancient site did not come to the attention of archeologists until 1963, when the existence of a sizable ancient site was recognized from the air by pilot and amateur Mayanist Hal Ball.
Starting in 1965 an archeological team lead by Dr. David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum began extensive excavations and restorations of the site, which continued through 1970. Among the discoveries is a large (almost 10 pounds, or 5 kilograms) piece of jade elaborately carved into an image of the head of the Maya sun god, Kinich Ahau. This jade head is considered one of the national treasures of Belize.
Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing Tour Details
The Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing Combo is designed to last approximately 5.5 hours. It includes a 50 minutes drive to the cave park. As we drive to the park we will be narrating the history of Belize. Upon our arrival at the cave we will have a short restroom break. After the break you will be issued with an inner tube, headlamp, and life vests.
We will then start a 20 minutes hike through the rain forest to the entrance of the cave. As we hike we will be doing presentations on Medicinal Plants and Belize Cave Systems.
The tubing part of the tour last an hour and a half. After the tubing we will drive an hour to the ruins of altun ha. We will be passing the Belize. You can add the zoo to the day’s activities with no extra cost. All you need to do is pay your entrance fees and we will do the tour of the zoo with you.
Upon our arrival at the ruins of altun ha we will have a short restroom break. After the break we will start the tour of the site. The tour of the site last an hour to an hour and a half. Whilst on the site we will do presentations on Indian History, Maya World, and Altun Ha History.
After the historical tour of Belize City, you will be taken back to your hotel or the Belize City Cruise Port.
This tour doesn’t demand a lot of walking and it’s not strainiouse making Altun Ha and Belize City Tours suitable for seniors and young kids.
Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing From Ambergris Caye – Visitors staying on Ambergris Caye are asked to board the 6:30 am water taxi from Ambergris Caye to Belize City. We will meet you on the dock with a sign that reads your name.
Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing From San Pedro: – Visitors staying on San Pedro are asked to board the 6:30 am water taxi from San Pedri to Belize City. We will meet you on the dock with a sign that reads your name.
Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing From Caye Caulker - – Visitors staying on Caye Caulker are asked to board the 6:30 am water taxi from Caye Caulker to Belize City. We will meet you on the dock with a sign that reads your name.
Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing From Belize City – Visitors staying in Belize City and the surrounding are are being picked up at the hotels at 7:30 am.
Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing Shore Excursions For Cruise Ship Passengers - Cruise ship passengers are asked to be off their ship as soon as possible. When you are off your tender, please go to Terminal #1 and exit from the glass door. As you exit the glass door you will see us holding a sign that reads your name.
Altun Ha Mayan Ruins can be combined with cave tubing, zip line, Baboon Sanctuary, Belize City Tour, and several other tours. Create your own tour packages and inform us. We will let you know if the suggested tours are possible.
Due to the fact that we offer strictly personalized tour services, we recommend that you book and confirm your reservations long before the date of the tour. The prices of our tours vary depending on the number of persons booking. This is because we offer strictly private tour.
2 persons: USD$150.00 per/ person
3 persons: USD$125.00 per/ person
4 persons - USD$115.00 per/ person
6 persons USD$105.00 per/ person
Call us: 011-501-600-2631