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Altun Ha Ruins

45 km (28 mi) north of Belize City, Belize
625-6976
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: This collection of temples and other buildings is one of the most well-known Mayan ruins in Belize.
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Orlando, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We hired a private taxi for the day(Cinderella Plaza Taxi ask for Roy Craig:610-2037 Belizean cell). He's native to Belize and full of knowledge. He taught us so much about the Mayan heritage and local plant life used for medicinal purposes. At Altun Ha you are able to climb the steps of the ruins. There are clean restrooms on site... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

My wife and I came to Belize on our honeymoon and managed to squeeze in this tour before we left for the US. We had a car, so drove ourselves and the roads were absolutely horrible. Note to anyone driving themselves, make sure you have 4WD and at least a half tank of gas!! The site itself is astounding. Peaceful... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This site is about 45 minutes away from the cruise port in Belize City. It's a fairly quick drive, and you do get to see a lot of the Belizean countryside on your way. The ruins themselves are extremely cheap ($5US/$10BZ) for entrance. There are several ruins for you to see, and they are kind enough to let you climb... More

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New York
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119 reviews 119 reviews
32 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I visited Altun Ha via a private tour - ( I have reviewed the tour guide so look for it in my page). The site was bigger than I expected - I had read reviews that it was very small and not much to see, but in reality the ruins have several temples and living quarters around the main square... More

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Southampton
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116 reviews 116 reviews
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Our guide lives in the village, his great-grandfather helped excavate the site and his uncle has the bar in the car park. Thanks to his family's intimate knowledge of Altun Ha, he was able to give us so much direct history of the place. Getting in before the site was smothered with cruise boat passengers was brilliant. I do wish... More

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MA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
47 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Booked thru the cruise line. Tour company was informative, experience, and worth it. Being in an air conditioned bus was a life wonderful. Altun Ha is a very very good way to get a taste of a Mayan Ruin. The history and the reclamation of the ruin site was very well done. If you can't get to the ruins that... More

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Marathon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We visited the Altun Ha Ruins while on a cruise. We did not book this off the cruise ship Only waited till we docked in Belize and hired some locals. Saved a ton of cash. The van ride over was crazy But once we got there the ruins were amazing. I've been to the Mayan ruins in Mexico and they... More

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ottawa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We visited the Altun Ha Ruins on a cruise ship excursion, and had a wonderful experience. They are really, truly, a magnificent sight, and the history is so amazing! We had a nice long bus tour to the ruins, so we received all kinds of information before getting there - about Belize, the culture, different plants and animal species, and... More

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Ottawa
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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I visited this site as a cruise excursion and I thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The drive was not all that impressive but the ruins were amazing. Our guide for the ruins was fluent in all of the history surrounding the site from the Mayan religion to the excavation itself and I was enthral led. I have never been to a... More

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Galveston, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

You can take the bus tour to get here, a river tour up the River Wallace or rent a car and drive (I would not recommend that). A nice place - some iffy construction work done in "restoration"

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