Altun Ha Tour
Belize Altun Ha Tour
Altun Ha, "rockstone water", was a small but wealthy ceremonial center during the Classic Maya Period. The site existed from around 1000 BC and the Maya were still constructing buildings up to AD 900. There are over 500 buildings or mounds within the site. It has two major plazas and 13 temples or palaces. At its peak, the population of Altun Ha may have included 3,000 people.
Two luxuriously furnished tombs were discovered at Altun Ha. One tomb was discovered in Structure B-4, "The Temple of the Masonry Altar", and contained the famous Maya jade head representing K'inich Ahau, the sun deity. It is the largest jade sculpture ever found in Mesoamerica and weighs 9.7 lbs.
Another tomb, nicknamed "the green room", found within Structure A-1, contained approximately 300 pieces of jade and the remains of an ancient Maya codex (book). These tombs indicated the wealth that was evident within this small, but powerful ceremonial center.
You will be picked up at 7:30 am from your hotel or the Belize City Municipal Airport. The tour starts with a one hour drive to the village of Lucky Strike. When you arrive at Lucky Strike village, you will take a ten-minute drive to the Ranger's station. Your tour will begin with a museum tour of Altun Ha. After your museum tour, you will take a 5-minute hike to the main plazas. The tour will last forty five minutes. After the tour is completed, you will have an opportunity to shop at the gift shops located at the archaeological destination. After shopping is completed, you will have lunch, which will include local Belizean dishes. The tour finishes at 4:30 pm. Tour guide, lunch, water and sodas will be provided. All tours are inclusive of all admission fees and taxes.