We at True Adventures offer tours to 3 of Belize’s Mayan Sites. Each ruin presents a different view of the Mayas Civilization, Culture and Architect.
Altun Ha Mayan Ruins
(Belize District and Northern Belize):
Altun Ha is located 31 miles north of Belize City on the Old Northern Highway. A two-mile dirt road connects the main road to the site. The area around the Altun Ha is rich in wildlife including armadillos, bats, squirrels, agouti, paca, foxes, raccoons, coati, tyra, tapir and the white-tailed deer. Two hundred species of birds have been recorded, and there are large crocodiles that inhabit the Maya-made water reservoir.
Altun Ha was a wealthy ceremonial center boasting two main plazas and thirteen structures (including the Temple of Sun God or the Temple of the Masonry Altars). This archaeological site is not far from the Caribbean Sea;therefore, it was part of a unique cultural zone along with other coastal sites. There are no stelaes at Altun Ha, but the discovery of rich tombs indicates that the ruling elite enjoyed access to substantial amounts of exotic goods.
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
(Cayo District and Western Belize):
Xunantunich is an archeological site dating back as far as 450BC. It is situated by the border of Belize and Guatemala. To get to Xunantunich, you need to take a hand cranked ferry that crosses you over the Mopan River. Once on the other side of the river, you have a 1 mile car ride which takes you to the park entrance.
The tour of the site is approximately an hour and half to two hours. The site consist of administrative and ceremonials buildings along with the palaces of the ruling class. El Castillo, which is the highest building at the site, elevates at a 130 feet in the air. The view from El Castillo gives you some amazing pictures and a panoramic view of the site and surrounding areas. With its burials and ceremonial buildings, you get to walk through time with one of our guides that will bring the history to life, as you are guided through the temples court yard, where the ruling class once live and ruled.
Cahal Pech is one of the oldest Mayan site found in Belize that dates as far back as 1200BC. It is situated in San Ignacio Town, 8 miles from Xunantunich. The site itself is situated on one of the highest hills in the area, consisting of ceremonials and administrative buildings, balls courts along with the residential palaces of the ruling elites. You get to see first-hand the rooms and beds of the ruling class, along with the original paint that once adorned these temples. While exploring these ancient buildings, you get to relive and walk the ancient path ways.
Things to bring:
Camera, Bug Spray, Sun Screen
Shorts, T-shirt, Sandals or well threaded sneaker or hiking boots – flip flaps no allowed.
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan can be book as a full they tour, of you can book Xunantunich along with Cave Tubing or Zip Line for a day tours Also.