Private Altun Ha and Belize City Tour

Altun Ha, Rock Stone Pond, Belize


4 Hours

Tour Type

Mayan Ruins

Group Size

15 persons


Belize City


Introduction to Altun Ha and Belize City

Altun Ha, an ancient Mayan city, is a breathtaking archaeological site located just 31 miles north of Belize City. This tour allows you to explore both the historical richness of Altun Ha and the vibrant culture of Belize City in a single, comprehensive experience.

Highlights of Altun Ha

The Temple of the Masonry Altars

At the heart of Altun Ha lies the Temple of the Masonry Altars. This iconic structure, standing at 54 feet tall, was used for ceremonial purposes and is the largest temple at the site. Visitors can climb to the top for a panoramic view of the surrounding ruins and lush jungle.

The Jade Head Discovery

One of the most significant artifacts discovered at Altun Ha is the Jade Head, named Kinich Ahau. This precious artifact, representing the Mayan Sun God, was unearthed in 1968 and is the largest jade carving found in the Mayan world. The Jade Head is now displayed at the Museum of Belize.

Plaza A and Plaza B

Plaza A and Plaza B are the two main plazas of Altun Ha, surrounded by numerous smaller temples and residential buildings. As you explore these plazas, you'll gain insight into the daily lives and religious practices of the ancient Maya civilization.

Exploring Belize City

After visiting Altun Ha, the tour continues to Belize City, a melting pot of diverse cultures and traditions. Here are some must-see attractions:

St. John's Cathedral

St. John's Cathedral is the oldest Anglican church in Central America, built in the early 1800s. The church's stunning architecture, featuring brickwork and wooden beams, offers a glimpse into Belize's colonial past.

The Swing Bridge

The iconic Swing Bridge is a testament to Belize City's history as a trading port. Built-in 1923, it is one of the few remaining manually operated swing bridges in the world. The bridge connects the north and south sides of Belize City and is a marvel of engineering.

The Museum of Belize

The Museum of Belize is housed in a former British colonial prison and showcases the rich history and cultural heritage of Belize. Exhibits include Mayan artifacts, colonial-era relics, and contemporary art, offering a comprehensive understanding of Belize's past and present.


Important Tour Information

  • Duration: Approximately 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate (some walking and climbing involved)
  • Best time to visit: November to April
  • Clothing: Comfortable attire, sturdy walking shoes, and sun protection
  • Restrictions: No touching or climbing on artifacts, no littering

Booking Your Private Altun Ha and Belize City Tour

To ensure the best possible experience, we recommend booking your private Altun Ha and Belize City tour with a reputable tour operator. These operators provide knowledgeable guides, and reliable transportation, and will tailor the tour to your preferences and needs.



Local guide
Private tour
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Meals and beverages
Gratuities (optional)
Entrance fees to the Museum of Belize

Travel Styles

Nature & Adventure


How do I get to Altun Ha from Belize City?
Altun Ha is located approximately 31 miles north of Belize City. The most convenient way to reach the site is by joining a private tour that includes transportation. Alternatively, you can rent a car and drive, but be aware that some parts of the road may be in poor condition.
Can I visit Altun Ha and Belize City on my own without a tour?
Yes, you can visit both Altun Ha and Belize City independently. A guided tour provides a detailed and informative experience as expert guides offer valuable insights into the history and culture of the sites.
What should I bring on the Altun Ha and Belize City tour?
We recommend bringing comfortable clothing, sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellent, a camera, and bottled water. It's also a good idea to carry some cash for souvenirs, meals, and entrance fees to the Museum of Belize.
Is the Altun Ha and Belize City tour suitable for children?
Yes, the tour is suitable for children, as it offers a unique opportunity to learn about the ancient Mayan civilization and Belize's history. However, keep in mind that there is some walking and climbing involved, so it may not be suitable for very young children or those with mobility issues.
Are there restroom facilities at Altun Ha?
Yes, there are restroom facilities available at the entrance of Altun Ha. However, we recommend bringing your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer, as supplies may be limited.
Is it possible to purchase food and drinks at Altun Ha?
There may be a few vendors selling snacks and drinks near the entrance of Altun Ha, but options can be limited. We recommend bringing your own food and beverages or planning to eat a meal in Belize City during your tour.
How much time should I allocate for the Altun Ha and Belize City tour?
The entire tour, including transportation, typically takes around 4 hours. Plan to spend about 1 1/2 hours exploring Altun Ha and another 1 hour visiting the attractions in Belize City.
Is there a specific dress code for visiting Altun Ha and Belize City?
There is no strict dress code for visiting Altun Ha and Belize City. However, it is essential to wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes, as there will be some walking and climbing involved during the tour. Also, since Belize has a tropical climate, it is advisable to wear lightweight, breathable clothes and sun protection, such as hats and sunglasses.
What are the best months to visit Altun Ha and Belize City?
The best time to visit Altun Ha and Belize City is during the dry season, which typically runs from November to April. During this period, you can expect pleasant weather and lower chances of rain, making it ideal for outdoor exploration. However, be aware that this is also the peak tourist season, so attractions may be more crowded.
Are there any other Mayan sites near Altun Ha worth visiting?
Yes, Belize is home to several other impressive Mayan sites worth exploring. Some popular options include Lamanai, Xunantunich, and Caracol. These archaeological sites offer unique insights into the Mayan civilization and are easily accessible from Belize City or other major tourist destinations in Belize.
What currency is accepted in Belize City?
The official currency of Belize is the Belize Dollar (BZD). However, US Dollars are widely accepted in Belize City and other tourist areas. When using US Dollars, ensure you carry small denominations, as change may be given in Belize Dollars. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and larger shops, but it is a good idea to carry some cash for smaller purchases or in case of emergencies.

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Altun Ha, Rock Stone Pond, Belize
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