- Duration 4 hours
- Level low
- Restrictions The duration of the excursion is approximate, it will be subject to the time of arrival of the ship and disembarkation of the passengers.
- Dress Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking, sunglasses and a hat
- Type Panoramic, cultural.
- Size Median
- Food/Beverage Median
- Leaves from cruise port
We propose a fascinating excursion to the ruins of Altún Ha, an ancient Mayan city located in the territory of Belize, about 50 kilometers north of Belize City and ten kilometers from the coast of the Caribbean Sea. An experience that you cannot miss during your cruise.
Altún Ha is a modern name in the Yucatec Mayan language, which is the translation of the name Rockstone Pond. The ancient name of the city whose ruins you can see is unknown, but fortunately we have a valuable vestige of the existence of this urban nucleus that -according to all research- was built in the 3rd century AD. You will be impressed by its precise construction, with two main squares and some large buildings.
It will also give us time to get to know Belize City (Belize City), the former capital of the country and the nerve center of the area. This tropical city is a delight for the senses, and any traveler is fascinated by its light and joy. Did you know that Belize was devastated by a hurricane in 1961 and was almost completely rebuilt?
Do not forget to escape to this tour, a "must see" of excursions for cruise ships in the Caribbean. You will keep a formidable memory of your trip. Reserve your place now!
When you get off the boats you have to walk about 5 minutes to Terminal 4. The guide waits at Counter 4 (inside the Terminal), with the sign "Shorexc".
- Visit of the Archaeological Site
The Altún Ha ruins are a beautiful example of Mayan architectural achievement from 2,000 years ago. This city built around the year 200 AD. (by all indications) it was one of the smallest in Belize, but an extremely important trading point for the Mayan civilization of the time.
Altún Ha basically consists of two squares and a dozen main buildings: temples, palaces, pyramids and tombs.
Plaza A, close to the entrance, is surrounded by truncated pyramids and the so-called Temple of the Green Tomb. They all have stairs on the side of the square and there are no restrictions to climb them.
In Plaza B is the Temple of the Masonry Altars or The Sun God Temple. It is the tallest with its 16 meters and is made up of six superimposed terraces like a kind of cake. It is worth going up for the beautiful views.
The most spectacular find from these ruins - and one of the most precious Mayan relics in Belize - is the heavy jade head of the Mayan Sun God, Kinich Ahau, discovered by a team of Canadian archaeologists.
- Belize City tour
This city tour offers us an insight into the history of this tropical port that was once the capital of the British colony. We can see, among others:
- Swing Bridge: Old swing bridge over the Belize River. It is manually operated.
- San Juan Cathedral: The oldest Anglican cathedral in Central America.
- Baron Bliss Lighthouse.
- Supreme Court building.
Return to the ship.
End of the Excursion.
|CHILDREN 2-12 YEARS
|CHILDREN FROM 0 TO 23 MONTHS
|Tickets and Fees
|Price per person from 10 pax
Maya Ruins: Altun Ha is renowned for its well-preserved Maya ruins, including large temple-pyramids, plazas, and residential structures. Exploring these archaeological remains provides insight into the ancient Maya civilization.
Historical Significance: Altun Ha was a significant ceremonial and trading center during the Maya Classic Period (200-900 AD). The site's structures, such as the Temple of the Masonry Altars, reflect the architectural prowess and cultural significance of the Maya people.
Jade Head: The discovery of the famous jade head, believed to represent the Maya Sun God Kinich Ahau, at Altun Ha has added to the site's historical intrigue. The jade head is one of the largest Maya jade artifacts ever found.
Proximity to Belize City: Altun Ha is conveniently located near Belize City, making it an accessible day trip destination for travelers exploring Belize. The site is about 30 miles north of the city.
Educational Opportunities: Visitors have the opportunity to learn about Maya history, architecture, and daily life through guided tours and on-site exhibits. Many guides share fascinating stories and insights about the site.
Bird Watching: Altun Ha is surrounded by a lush tropical environment, offering opportunities for bird watching. The diverse flora and fauna contribute to the overall experience for nature enthusiasts.
Cultural Immersion: Exploring Altun Ha provides a chance to immerse yourself in the rich cultural history of Belize and the Maya civilization. Engaging with local guides and communities can enhance your understanding of the region.
Photography Opportunities: The impressive structures, such as the Temple of the Masonry Altars and the High Temple, provide fantastic photography opportunities. Capture the grandeur of these ancient ruins set against the backdrop of the Belizean landscape.
Day Trips to Other Attractions: Belize has a wealth of natural and cultural attractions. When visiting Altun Ha, you may also have the opportunity to explore other nearby sites, such as the Belize Zoo or the Baboon Sanctuary.
Adventure Activities: Belize offers a range of adventure activities, and combining a visit to Altun Ha with activities like cave tubing, zip-lining, or river expeditions can make for an exciting and well-rounded experience.
- Guide in Spanish.
- Entrance fees to Altun Ha.
- Discount for children, applied only to individual excursions.
- Not combinable with other offers.
- It is essential to send a copy of the child's Identity Document.
- From 13 years pay as an adult.
- 4 hour excursion.
The duration of the excursion is approximate, it will be subject to the time of arrival of the ship and disembarkation of the passengers.