Altun Ha (Rockstone Pond)

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    Altun Ha

    Altun Ha (Rockstone water) was first settled somewhere around 250 BC, with construction of the buildings sometime around 100 AD.Continuing throughout the Classic period, that ended in the 10th century.


    Temple Masonry Altars

    It’s 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 point as well.Evidenced has shown, large amounts of jade and obsidian excavated here in the early sixties and seventies.

    Ruins

     

    The site boasts two main plazas, thirteen structures (including the Temple of Sun God or the Temple of the Masonry Altars). 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.

     

    ruins

    Altun Ha is approximately six miles from the Caribbean Sea. Thirty-one miles just north of Belize City. The site forms part of a unique cultural zone along with other coastal sites. Altun Ha is an all-day tour, which leaves as early as 6:00 AM  from San Ignacio Town and returns to town around 4:00 PM. Drive time is about 2.5 hours from San Ignacio.

    Level of Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

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

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

    What is included: Lunch,water,sodas,snacks, guide, entrance fees, and transportation