Altun Ha (Rockstone Pond)

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Altun Ha


Kinich ahaw Temple

 

Altun Ha (Rockstone water) was first settled somewhere around 250 BC, with construction of the buildings beginning in 100 AD and continuing throughout the Classic period that ended in the 10th century. It is a small but surprisingly rich major ceremonial center occupied during the Classic Period. Altun Ha was an ancient Maya community of great complexity, a wealthy ceremonial center and was a significant trading center as evidenced has shown, the large amounts of jade and obsidian excavated here in the early sixties and seventies.

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The site boasts two main plazas, thirteen structures (including the Temple of Sun God or the Temple of the Masonry Altars). At its peak, the population of Altun Ha and the surrounding vicinity ranged between 8,000-10,000 inhabitants. Around 3,000 people lived in the central core of the city. The site was first recorded in the 1960s by Archaeological Commissioner, A.H. Anderson. Between the years of 1964 and 1970. The site includes at least 500 visible structures or mounds. The Jade Head representing the Sun God was the most significant find which is approximately six inches high and weighing nine and three quarter pounds.

Altun Ha is approximately six miles from the Caribbean Sea and it is located thirty-one miles just north of Belize City. It formed part of a unique cultural zone along with other coastal sites. Experience it at first hand with Bzmtours.

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Altun Ha is an all-day tour, which leaves as early as 6:00 AM and returns to town around 4:00 PM. Drive time is about 2.5 hours from San Ignacio, driving on the George Price Highway and Philip Goldson Highway passes through several of the villages.

Level of Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

What to wear: Comfortable clothing for hiking around site. Proper foot wear is recommended.

What to bring: Bug repellent, sunscreen, cameras and/or hats/sunglasses.

What is included: Lunch, guide, entrance fees, and transportation