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Make the most of your time in port on a 4.5-hour combination tour of Belize City and Altun Ha with a fun, knowledgeable guide. Learn the colonial history of Belize City as you trace a route through city landmarks and a colorful shopping district, then listen to stories about about local heritage, wildlife, and traditions during the trip to Altun Ha. Step into the ancient Mayan world in a sprawling complex of stone temples and plazas, and climb to the top of a pyramid for sweeping views of the jungle.

Highlights

  • 4.5-hour Belize City and Altun Ha trip
  • Learn about colonial and ancient history
  • Get the perfect introduction to Belize heritage
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Belize City and Altun Ha Mayan Site Tour

Altun Ha Pyramid

Meet your guide at 9am at the lighthouse by your Belize City port or at your hotel, and get a taste of local history on a best-of trip through Belize City that includes landmarks like St John’s Anglican Church, a historic, hand-cranked swing bridge over Haulover Creek, colonial buildings and a vibrant shopping district. Hear every word your guide is saying on a personal headset as you find out how the city was built on wealth from the rum and mahogany trades.

Enjoy views of the countryside on the 30-mile (50km) drive to Altun Ha, a Mayan site that’s among the most important historic places in the country. Explore daily life, ritual and warfare in a Maya city, and see where archeologists unearthed one of the Mayan world’s largest pieces of carved jade. Walk a pair of sprawling plazas surrounded by stone structures, and enjoy the serene, park-like atmosphere of the archeological site.

If you’re up for a climb, take on Altun Ha’s central temple; scramble to the top of the 54-foot (16-meter) structure for panoramic views that photographers will love. After visiting Altun Ha, you’ll have some free time to buy lunch at a nearby restaurant, or browse the souvenirs in local shops before the bus takes you back to port.

Customer Reviews

Garry G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

ALLEN WAS GREAT! VERY KNOWLEDGABLE ABOUT EVERYTHING WE SAW.

Shirley H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had a wonderful day with Allen Dawson tours. He was very pleasant and thorough on all points of interests during our city tour. . Interesting history and culture. You get an opportunity to see Baron Bliss Light House, St. Johns Cathedral, the Old Belize Swing Bridge, and downtown Belize City .He gave us a good outline of life in Belize too. Next stop was the Altun Ha Mayan Site. This is a well maintained, lovely, relaxing place, not crowded during the day we were there. Climbing the ruins and learning a little bit about the Mayan culture was well worth it. We also had a chance to visit the Museum on site and shop. Overall, we had a wonderful day in Belize City. Thanks Allen for a great time!

David W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Allen is Great. We were relaxed within the first few minutes. The drive was comfortable and the time went easy. We saw everything we were hoping for. When we go back to Belize, we will probably take the tour again!

Anthony M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was an excellent tour at a reasonable price. There were only 6 of us on this tour and the tour guide did a wonderful job providing background information on every site we visited. It was also a beautiful day which made the Mayan site even better than expected.

Joel A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We did not want to mess being with a bus load of tourists so we booked this private tour through Viator. Our tour guide Allen was very knowledgeable, informative, friendly, funny, and just a great all round guy. He was able to get us to the ruins before all the big tour bus crowds arrived. Enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see Belize City and the Altun Ha Mayan ruins!

Deborah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had booked this tour as we had previously been to the other Mayan sites around Belize and were quite impressed with both the guide and the site itself. We found our guide Allen and his wife Linda waiting early at the designated spot and discovered it would be an intimate tour with only 3 couples. When one of the couples was going to be late he started the tour so we would not lose any time while his wife and son waited for the other couple to arrive and then met us while we were touring the city itself. When we arrived at Altun Ha we were surprised by both the size and condition of the site itself. Allen gave us a thorough tour of the buildings with a vast knowledge of history and the plant life. We have been on many tours to Mayan sites and he shared information about how the Mayan's built their buildings no other guide had ever told us before. We were extremely lucky to have Allen as our guide and would highly recommend this tour to others.

Nola V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really enjoyed this tour. The guide was very knowledgable and friendly. She was very willing to answer questions and had a perfect command of English. We even managed to climb one of the pyrimids on a specially constructed stairway so as not to damage the monument.

Peter H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Allan was an excellent and patient guide. The vehicle provided was adequate to the task. On the way to the site, Allan provided a running cometary of what we were seeing, as well as the background information. At the Altun Ha site, he discussed the lives of Maya and the significance of the structures we were seeing, as well as the history of the region and the Maya. Although we have visited several other Mayan sites in the region previously, we still learned a lot. The tour and the guide are highly recommended.

Glenda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide was the reason this tour was so amazing. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional and very nice. This is a must is you visit Belize.

Stephen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

great tour. Wonderful guide and wonderful site

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