- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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This popular Mayan site, speckled with tombs, pyramids, and temples, served as a trading nexus during the Mayan Empire's Classic Period (250-900 A.D.). Altun Ha—meaning "Rockstone Pond" in Yucatec Maya—features a man-made lagoon, which remains intact. During your visit, you'll likely encounter foxes, deer, birds, and perhaps crocodiles occupying Rockstone Pond. Visitors also recommend exploring the Temple of the Green Tomb, where elite priest-kings were buried with luxurious items, such as jade, pottery, and pearls.
Recent visitors praise Altun Ha, but note the uphill hike to the site is exhausting. "Be aware that the climb to the top of the ruins is quite arduous […] but so worth it. Make sure you wear good shoes," advises one TripAdvisor user.
Located in northern Belize, about a 40-minute ride north of Belize City, Altun Ha is easily accessible by car via the Old Northern Highway or by excursion services operating out of Caye Caulker. Altun Ha welcomes visitors every day between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance costs $10 BZD (roughly $5 USD).