Altun Ha Tours

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Altun Ha, site of the ruins of an ancient Mayan city, covers about 3 square miles (8 square kilometers) of Belizean countryside. The central area has more than 500 historic structures, mostly built during the Maya Classic era (AD 200 to 900). Join a private or group tour to learn how the city’s 10,000 inhabitants lived.
 
The Basics
Located about 31 miles (50 kilometers) north of Belize City, Altun Ha is divided into two main clusters, Plaza A and Plaza B, each with its own special attractions. Plaza A features the mysterious Temple of the Green Tomb, where jade, jewelry, flints, and other artifacts were found.
 
Plaza B is home to the biggest structure on the site, the Temple of Masonry Altar, which rises more than 60 feet (18 meters) above the plaza. Thought to be the main religious center of the civilization, the temple houses the famous head of Kinich Ahau: a 10-pound (5-kilogram) jade stone carved into the head of the Mayan sun god; this national treasure is depicted on the local currency. Guided tours are available from Belize City, and many combine a trip to the ruins with other nearby attractions and activities.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • No one is allowed to climb the steps of the actual ruins, but there is a walkway to reach the top.
  • Remember to bring insect repellent and water.
  • Restrooms, souvenirs, and food and drink are available on-site.
 
How to Get There
Located near Rockstone Pond Village, Altun Ha is very difficult to reach without a car, as the area is not served by public transportation. The easiest way to get there is by joining a tour in Belize City, Crooked Tree, or another nearby city. Visitors can also walk 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the village of Lucky Strike.
 
When to Get There
Altun Ha does not usually attract large crowds, but it can get very hot, especially in the summer months. To beat the heat, plan to arrive early in the day, or schedule your trip for some time between late November and mid-April; this is Belize’s dry season and its peak season, which means better weather and more tourists. Altun Ha is open from 8am to 5pm daily.
 
Cave Tubing
After visiting Altun Ha, many guided tours make a stop to go cave tubing in Caves Branch River in Blue Hole National Park. Designed for almost any age and fitness level, the tubing adventure takes you along the river, floating through an underground world filled with enormous chambers and cathedral-sized rooms decorated with crystal formations and stalactites.


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Address: Altun Ha, Belize
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Private Altun Ha And Cave Tubing from Belize City

Discover a ruined Maya city and float through a series of flooded caves with a 6-hour private tour from Belize City to Altun Ha and the Caves Branch River. Explore broad plazas and towering pyramids as you visit the archeological site with your guide, and see the precious treasures excavated from the Temple of the Green Tomb. Hike through a lush forest to the Caves Branch River, then go tubing through soaring caverns as your headlight illuminates cave walls that glint with crystal formations and stalactites.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Altun Ha and Cave Tubing Tour from Belize City

Learn about 3,000-year-old Mayan civilization with a visit to Altun Ha, then go tubing in the Branch Rivera Caves during this 6-hour adventure from Belize City. At Altun Ha, walk through the two ancient plazas that once served as center of commerce for 10,000 Mayan residents trading jade and obsidian. With your adventure guide, hike 30 minutes to the entrance of the cave, then hop on an inner tube and float through the underground network of rivers. No experience is necessary; this activity is suitable for participants of all fitness levels. A traditional Belizean lunch with refreshments and round-trip transportation from centrally located Belize City hotels, the airport or the cruise port are included. 
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Altun Ha and Belize City Tour

Discover both modern and ancient Belize on a small-group tour of Altun Ha, a once-mighty Mayan city, and the old colonial capital of Belize City. Venture into the rain forest to the archaeological site where ceremonial temples and a famous jade carving were unearthed for a fascinating look at this Mesoamerican culture. Enjoy a typical Belizean lunch and time to shop for souvenirs on this half-day adventure that makes a great shore excursion for cruise ship passengers.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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US$99.00
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Altun Ha and Zipline Tour from Belize City

Learn about 3,000-year-old Mayan civilization with a visit to Altun Ha, then soar through jungle on a zipline during this 5-hour tour from Belize City. At Altun Ha, walk through the two ancient plazas that once served as center of commerce for 10,000 Mayan residents trading jade and obsidian. Get your heart racing with a zipline adventure through the jungle at 85 feet (26 meters) off the ground. Entrance fees, round-trip transportation from Belize City hotels and use of all safety equipment are included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Altun Ha and Belize City Tour

Explore Belize’s vibrant culture and fascinating history with a 4-hour private or small-group tour of Altun Ha and Belize City. Follow your guide through the ancient Maya city’s towering pyramids as you learn the story behind this important site, and see the precious jade artifacts excavated from royal tombs. Return to the recent past in Belize City, and visit a pair of elegant colonial churches, a historic swing bridge and stately British homes that are a remarkable contrast with the city’s colorful and bustling modern life. 
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Altun Ha Cave Tubing and Zipline Tour from Belize City

Discover the history and legends of the ancient Mayan people on this full-day tour from Belize City that combines three top activities. Explore the ruins of temples and other sacred sites at Altun Ha, and float through the Mayan underworld on a cave tubing adventure. Above ground, get a different perspective on the Belizean rain forest as you soar through the treetops on a thrilling zipline course. Recharge with an included lunch of typical Belizean fare.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Cave Kayaking and Altun Ha Adventure from Belize City

Explore the legacy of the ancient Mayan civilization in Belize, from the mighty pyramids of Altun Ha to the mysterious underworld known as Xibalba. Channel your inner archaeologist at the ruins of a once-mighty Mayan city, where you'll roam among sacred temples and altars that rise out of the jungle. Then, after trekking through the Belizean rain forest to reach an underground cave system, kayak inside a series of caverns studded with rock formations and a subterranean waterfall deep in the Maya Mountains.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Jungle Jeep and Altun Ha Tour

Travel off the beaten path in Belize with a Jeep tour through the rainforest and a visit to the ancient Mayan ruins of Altun Ha. Climb to the top of a ceremonial stone pyramid and explore other aspects of the once-powerful pre-Colombian city with a guide, and then venture into the surrounding jungle on a 4x4 ride to a secluded cave. A riverside picnic rounds out the exciting archaeological adventure.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Altun-Ha Day Trip from San Ignacio

Walk in the footsteps of Mayan royalty at Belize’s magnificent Altun Ha ruins on this day trip from San Ignacio. A professional guide will lead you through the archaeological remnants of this ancient city, which was an important center of trade and religion during the Classic Mayan period. Among the complex of more than 500 excavated structures, you’ll visit grand plazas and ceremonial temples, including the discovery site of a famous carved jade figure of the Mayan sun god Kinich Ahau. Round-trip hotel transport is included. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Belize Cave Tubing and Altun Ha Combination Tour

Explore the ruins of Altun Ha and go tubing through a pair of jungle caves on a 6-hour combination tour from Belize City. Learn about the daily lives, gods, and traditions of the ancient Maya in Belize’s most iconic archeological site, where you’ll find temple pyramids, a stone ball court and intricate carvings. Cool off in a tropical river through limestone caverns in Nohoch Che'en Archaeological Park, and visit a thriving tropical ecosystem in the heart of the Belize jungle.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Altun Ha and Howler Monkey Sanctuary Tour

Explore the ancient Mayan city of Altun Ha and get an up-close encounter with black howler monkeys on this 5.5-hour combo tour from Belize City. Learn about the priests, merchants and stargazers who inhabited the once-powerful city as you explore the ruins of temples and tombs, and see some of Belize’s wild residents monkeying around at the Community Baboon Sanctuary.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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