We visited Altun Ha ruins as part of a Royal Caribbean cruise excursion. It is a long drive from Belize City to the ruins, but the busses were very comfortable and air conditioned. Our guide kept up a running commentary on the sights and fun facts about Belize as we passed through the city and on into the back roads to get to the ruins.
Once there, we all received a free bottled water to keep us hydrated. Another guide oriented us to the site and provided interesting history and background. We were then given some time to wander around on our own. This is a much smaller ruin site than others we’ve experienced, but well maintained and you are allowed to climb to the top of the pyramids. The site is in the middle of the rain forest and we were warned not to go too far off the beaten track. (I don’t know if there really were wild animals lurking around but regardless, the dense brush did not look inviting.)
There are a few souvenir stands and snack options. I recommend trying the "ghetto pringles" .(banana chips) - I usually don't like banana flavored anything but these were awesome!! I wish we'd bought more than one bag.
I would recommend this trip to get a flavor of Belize and its history, but I have enjoyed and learned more from other sites I’ve visited in Mexico.
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