Join an air-conditioned coach drive through the city of Belize. A guide will point out interesting sights along the way, from beautiful landmarks to old British colonial buildings mixed with modern architecture. You will agree this city has true Caribbean charm. We then continue towards the Altun Ha Mayan ruins, and notice several quaint villages along the way.
After a 60 minute drive, we arrive Altun Ha, which covers about five square miles. The largest pyramid is called The Temple of Masonry Altars, which rises 54 feet above the ground, and it will amaze you. Archaeologists believe that Altun Ha was occupied in 200 BC and may have had a population of around 10,000 people. Three plazas and thirteen structures mark the epicentre of this very important ceremonial site of ancient Maya civilization.
Altun Ha also served as a trade center, located only seven miles from the sea and surrounded by a primary broadleaf rainforest. This ancient site did not come to the attention of archaeologists until 1963 when pilot and amateur Mayanist Hal Ball noticed the area from the sky.
In 1965 this site captured world attention when Professor David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum discovered the almost ten-pound jade head of the Sun God Kinich Ahau in the tomb of a Royal Priest, located within the main temple of the masonry altars. The jade head is considered one of Belize’s national treasures.
You may climb the stone steps to the top of one of the three main temples (depending on the weather). From this vantage point, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.