Altun Ha Archaeology

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Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline

1. Belize City: Mayan Temple Exploration, Cave-Tube, & Zipline

Immerse yourself into the Belizean culture and journey back into 1000 years of history of the Mayan world on a guided day tour. Explore the wonders of the Mayans, their cave systems, the local flora, and enjoy cave tubing and ziplining. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Belize City or by taking the ferry from Caye Caulker/San Pedro to Belize City. After meeting your guide, explore the Mayan Temple Altun ha, hike to the top and hear fascinating facts about the site and the Mayan world from your guide. Head deeper into the jungle towards the cave systems with a 15-20 minutes hike following a trail to the cave entrance. Enjoy a lesson on plant identification, insect identification, and all their medicinal uses and local beliefs throughout history in Belize. Cave tube down a river through several caves and marvel at the stunning surroundings and Mayan artifacts. Lastly, zipline over the jungle canopy before returning to Caye Caulker/San Pedro/ Belize City in the evening after a truly memorable Belizean experience.

Belize City: Half-Day Altun Ha Temple & Belize City Tour

2. Belize City: Half-Day Altun Ha Temple & Belize City Tour

On your way to Altun Ha, enjoy a panoramic city tour and see all the points of interest, such as the old colonial-style buildings that still stand in Belize City. See the light house, the Belize sign, the wealthy portions of the city called the Kings Park zone, the school district, the hospital, the central Bank of Belize, and the prime minister’s home. Drive north for about one hour to the Mayan temples. On your way, see the different ecosystems of flora and fauna. Altun Ha was an important Mayan religious and trading center dating back to 200 BC. The site was first excavated in 1963 and researchers believe that it was once home to 10,000 people.  At the site, enjoy a guided tour of the entire ancient city, learn about its history and construction style of the buildings. Travel back in time and try to imagine how the Mayan people lived.

From Belize City: Altun Ha and Belize Zoo Adventure

3. From Belize City: Altun Ha and Belize Zoo Adventure

The Belize Zoo is the perfect way to experience Belize’s untamed jungles and savannahs. The Tropical Education Center was started in 1983 to provide a home for wild animals featured in various documentaries. From the beginning, it was apparent that Belizeans were not familiar with the different species of wildlife that shared their country and great efforts were made to transform the little zoo into a dynamic wildlife education center. Today, the Belize Zoo covers approximately 29 acres of tropical savannah and features over 125 animals native to Belize. Many of these animals were injured when rescued and have been nursed back to health. Enjoy the awesome range of mammals, birds and reptiles in their natural habitat, including jaguars, howler monkeys, toucans, egrets, crocodiles, and tree frogs. You will spend approximately 1½ hours touring the zoo and educational center before returning via Belize City. Beautiful landmarks and old colonial buildings mixed with the modern give the “Old Belize Capital” that Caribbean charm. Leaving the city, you journey past several quaint villages along the “Old Northern Highway” towards your Mayan Ruins adventure. Three plazas and thirteen structures mark the epicenter of this very important ceremonial site of the ancient Mayan civilization. Altun Ha also served as a trade center, located only seven miles from the sea and surrounded by a primary broadleaf rainforest. This site captured world attention when Professor David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum discovered the 9½ pound jade head of the Sun God Kinich Ahau in the tomb of a Royal Priest, located within the main temple of the masonry altars. Prepared stone steps allow visitors to climb atop one of the main temples on the site to capture the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

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What people are saying about Altun Ha

This was the 3rd best day of my life! Only followed by the birth of my daughter & my wedding day. Brian was the best guide ever! He took his time with us, never lost his patience and went above the call of duty to ensure we had the best excursions ever. Going to check out other tours when I get back to Belize City before leaving the country. The only complaint I have is that you have not expanded tours to the southern areas. Excellent service!

Jose was absolutely amazing! He is so knowledgeable about his country and is incredibly friendly. He went above and beyond to make sure that we had a fun time and were comfortable throughout the tour. When we come back to Belize, we will no doubt be using him again.

My guide was right on time, very friendly & very knowledgeable. He was a safe driver as well. I am very grateful that he took me even though is was Good Friday & everything else in the city was closed.

Wonderful day with Jose. He showed us around, had many anecdotes, knew everything about the zoo and was very helpful. I highly recommend this tour with Jose.

The temple is very impressive and worth visiting. Our guide, Dennis, shared many insights and made this trip very enjoyable.