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“Beautifully maintained ruins!”
Review of Altun Ha Ruins

Altun Ha Ruins
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Cave Kayaking and Altun Ha Adventure from Belize City
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Owner description: This collection of temples and other buildings is one of the most well-known Mayan ruins in Belize.
Rochester, New York
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautifully maintained ruins!”
Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

A great site that's very well maintained. There wasn't many people at the site and climbing the temples was very easy. Great time and well worth the visit.

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Las Vegas, Nv
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Awesome”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

knowledgeble guides, excavation beautifully done, able to walk to the top of the ruins, local merchants on site with souvenirs for sale

Visited December 2012
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Austin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Worth seeing”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

A small complex of well-preserved Mayan ruins about 30miles away from Belize City. If you are visiting Belize and want to feel its history, you cannot miss visiting one of these temple sites and this one is nearby. I got a very interesting narration about the Maya and this site history from the lady in a souvenir shop there. The trip there is an adventure nevertheless since I have never seen so many and so deep potholes on any other road in my life :-)

Visited November 2012
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Arroyo Grande
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“a humbling experience”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

After leaving Caye Caulker via water taxi and meeting our charismatic guide once in Belize City, we shared a minivan with another couple and set out for Altun Ha. The driver was excellent at the game of chicken, as he challenged every vehicle headed the opposite direction and thankfully came out victorious. Once we arrived at the site, we were greeted by Willy, a young man from the local village who was happy to show us around and who knowledgeably answered every question we had. Because we had entered the site early, we were not yet surrounded by the cruise ship passengers and school children that the site is typically known to host throughout the day. Willy informed us that each of the craftspeople whose creations were on display just outside of the entrance to the ruins were his family, neighbors and friends from the nearby village that we had passed on our way in. After lengthy discussions on the existence of the Maya and their cultural significance, we were given a chance to climb to the top of a temple and take in the surroundings. It was tranquil, spiritual and humbling.
I wish we could have spent more time there; hours, days even, because it was one of the oldest places I have ever visited and all the information was hard to take in at once.
I'd recommend wearing socks and good shoes, and bringing some water and bug spray. The earlier (or later) the better. .. on our way out, we saw the hoards of people making their way in, which I can easily imagine would take away some of the serenity of the experience.
If you want to buy some souvenirs, do so from these local people and skip the shops at the airport. Supporting their trades is supporting their livelihood. Ask Willy, he'll explain.

Visited November 2012
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Papillion, Nebraska
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“Altun Ha and Old Belize River”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

My wife and I were in Belize on a port call with the Norwegian Dawn. We took the Altun Ha and Old Belize River shore excursion and loved it. The ruins were fantastic and Elmer, our guide explained many aspects of the Mayan culture. After the ruins, we had a meal at the Olde Belize River tavern and then we rode down the Old Belize River in a boat. We saw many types of wildlife, including fresh-water crocodiles, herons, monkeys, bats, iguanas, and even a manatee. Very enjoyable for all.

Visited November 2012
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