This tour will introduce you to the breathtaking sights and historical mystery of Altun Ha. Visitors will see the 5 miles (8 km) of land the site encompasses, and then walk around the grand temple-pyramids. Stroll around the bright green, lush grounds and gaze up at a majestic piece of history that gives us so much insight into the mysterious Mayans.
- 5 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 8:30 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
One of the most impressive ruins in Belize, the ancient temple of Altun Ha sits at what was once the Maya’s most important trading center. It boasts Belize’s most valuable archeological find: a giant, 9-pound jade sculpture of the Sun God “Kinich Ahau,” thought to be the world’s largest carved jade head.
Historians have many questions about the Maya. On your tour, you’ll learn how the Mayans might have gotten water to use in this swampy region with no clear water sources. You’ll also hear theories about why the tomb at Altun Ha contained a mummy wearing pearls, and the legends behind all the faces carved into the temple walls.
Out of all of the Mayan sites in Belize, Altun Ha is the most easily accessible from Belize City. This site was once a major trading center, as indicated by the discoveries of jade, jewelry, pottery, and elaborate sculptures. Just 30 miles (50 km) north of Belize City, Altun Ha is a popular day trip for both cruise ship passengers and independent travelers.
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