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Altun Ha Ruins, Belize District

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Visit Altun Ha Ruins, the remains of an ancient Mayan city boasting two main plazas and 13 structures, including a temple. You can now climb the taller temple, once an important ceremonial building, and enjoy the view from the altar atop. A market just outside the ruins sells local handicrafts. See the large water reservoir known as “Rockstone Pond,” which is the English translation of the site’s name. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including armadillos, foxes, and white-tailed deer. Due to the site’s location, it's best to visit with a guide. Take a look at our Ladyville holiday planner to schedule your visit to Altun Ha Ruins and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This site is easily accessed and if you time it to avoid the crowds it is a leisurely 2 hr tour through well maintained grounds. Anne Marie was our most excellent guide and she took us through the mus...  more »
  • We'd never seen anything quite like this. In addition to the ruins there's a little museum with information and the famous Jade Head that was found there (well, a replica of it, anyway; the real one i...  more »
  • The ruins added to the culture experience of the Mayans but the best part was the restaurant just outside the gates - crystal skull. The most delicious fish I've ever had and by far my best meal in Be...  more »
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  • Fantastic historical sight to see, and so close to Belize City that if you've got access to a car it's silly not to go. The ruins are very well preserved and the grounds are gorgeous. Guides are easy to come by if you'd like to rent one to take you on a tour, but it's not required for entry.
  • Beautiful only issue for me was it was hot! And I was there in March. But so cool learning about the temples. Though I bought my husband a knife at the tourist shop area. And it was taken and thrown out when 'reboarding ship. The guy told me they'd put it up like they do alcohol and I could reclaim at end of cruise was not the case.
  • The pyramids here are amazing. Went on a tour here with Norwegian Cruise Line. The bus ride was a little long and rough, it was about an hour ride to and from and the bus needed shocks. Once at the pyramids though it was worth it. You should walk up which ever pyramids you physically can, we'll worth it.
  • Way off the beaten path, but worth the trip. Climb the pyramids that they will let you, but stay off of the ones that they tell you not to. The little tourist village nearby has great woodcrafts and Sorrel Wine, which is OK, if a bit strange.
  • Interesting place. well kept. some spots in the ruins seem to be repaired with concrete..