Altun Ha Belize Tours
Located on the old Northern Highway, 31 miles from Belize City, Altun Ha was an important trading center strategically located about six miles from the coast. An unusual characteristic of this site is that no stelae were found. However, during excavation many valuables were uncovered here, including the famous Jade Head in 1968.
CROOKED TREE & ALTUN HA - FULL DAY
Today you will be picked up at their hotel and will be transferred to the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Crooked Tree Wild Life Sanctuary is known internationally as a bird watchers paradise a trip to this reserve combines birding, national history and some cultural activities. One hour's drive away from Belize City you come to the only inland island in the country.
The village dates back to the 1700s when it was first settled by logwood cutters who were sending valuable dye wood across the Atlantic to be used in the textile industry. After time for a tour and bird watching we have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing on to the Maya Site at Altun Ha.
Altun Ha is maya for “Rock Stone Water” and is the site where the famous Jade Head (Kinich Ahau) was discovered. Altun Ha was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period, as well as a vital trade center that linked the Caribbean shores with other Maya centers in the interior. After a private tour of this small yet picturesque and interesting site you will be transferred back to the city.
BABOON SANCTUARY & ALTUN HA - FULL DAY
Today you will be met at their hotel and transferred to visit the fascinating community conservation program of the Baboon sanctuary. Here guests can learn about how the local community have worked together to protect the natural habitat of the Howler Monkey (known locally as Baboons) and have an opportunity to get “up close and personal” with these interesting animals.
After lunch you will continue on to the Maya site of Altun Ha. Altun Ha means “Rock Stone Water” and is where the famous Jade Head (Kinich Ahau) was discovered. Altun Ha was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period, as well as a vital trade center that linked the Caribbean shores with other Maya centers in the interior. After a tour of the site guests will return to the city.