Experience the history and culture of the ancient Maya with a shore excursion that explores the Altun Ha (Water of the Rock) Mayan Ruins. As a bonus, you'll also get a historical tour of Belize City.
As the archaeological record proves, Belize was near the center of ancient Mayan civilization. More than 2000 years ago, the Maya began to build magnificent cities and ceremonial centers in the region. Altun Ha, erected during the Classic Period (200-1000 AD), is the only Maya ruin located in the Belize District.
Once a splendid city spanning nearly 5 square miles, Altun Ha was until recently completely overgrown by jungle vegetation. As is the case elsewhere in Central America, historians and archaeologists are only beginning to uncover evidence of the remarkable achievements of the Maya. Mayan breakthroughs in math and science are gradually being documented. The Mayan alphabet (one of only a handful of complete writing system in human history) required nearly a century of scholarly work before linguists were able to decipher its meaning.
In the Mayan world, Altun Ha served as an important trading hub and connection to the Caribbean Sea, which is located seven miles away. The city was also a major religious ceremonial center and is believed to have housed more than 10,000 people. The complex contains more than 275 structures, and at least 250 mounds have yet to be excavated.
The Altun Ha tourist site focuses on the ancient central city, featuring thirteen temples in a pleasant park-like setting. The tallest structure, the Temple of the Masonry Altars, stands 59 feet high. It is the site's most well-preserved temple and home to one of the largest jade carvings ever found in the Maya world, a head of Kinich Ahau, the sun god. (Representations of the carving today serve as a national symbol of Belize.) The top of the temple also offers visitors a panoramic view of the lush jungle canopy that surrounds the site.
Your exploration of the Mayan past begins at the Belize Tourism Village, where you will be met by your tour guide and escorted to one of our comfortable passenger vans.
Along the way to Altun Ha, you will be exposed to some of the architectural highlights of Belize City's British colonial era. Beyond the urban area, you will pass through quaint Creole settlements and small farms. Your guides will share their deep knowledge of Belize's history and cultural diversity.
Price: $45.00 per/ person
Group of 6 and more: $40 per/ person.
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