Traveling to Belize was on my itinerary, and as I usually do, I did some reading up about the place. An article on the Mayan ruins in Altun Ha caught my interest. I found out that until the 1950s, the Belizeans were unaware of the ancient Mayan civilization’s presence in Belize.. The ruins were discovered while the Pan American highway was being built. Wow….I had to visit!
cA 25 minute drive from Maskall, where we stayed, took us to the Altun Ha ruins. Although the site is relatively small, it is thoroughly excavated and restored. Excavations revealed two sprawling plazas, temples, tombs and a myriad artifacts made of jade, pottery, stingray bones among others.
I have tried to capture the essence of the history of Altun Ha in these pictures:
Visiting Altun Ha
From what I hear, Altun Ha can get crowded with cruise ship passengers during the day. So I recommend that if you want to avoid crowds, the best time to visit the ruins is in the afternoon. The admission fee is about USD 5 and the site hours are from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
The Tour Company
We were staying at Maruba Jungle Spa Resort when we joined the Altun Ha tour. The Resort presents this as a sunset tour. So, instead of heading off to the Mayan ruins in the morning, as we had planned earlier, we went there in the late afternoon. We missed the crowds, spent time just absorbing the atmosphere AND got to see the sun setting into the jungle. Such a beautiful sight and really, it isn’t something we get to see everyday. I can’t think of a better finale to a beautiful experience, can you? If you have visited here, I would love to hear your experience of the Altun Ha…
Name: Maruba Jungle Spa Resort
Altun Ha Tour rate: USD 45/person
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