Altun Ha, Lamanai, Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Take a walk back into time with one of Belize’s most historic and educational yet stimulating and fun Belize inland adventures.
The Mayan Ruins Belize tours offer you a look at the lifestyle of the ancient Mayans who once lived in Belize, dating back as far as 2000BC. These archaeological sites feature impressive structures of sacred Mayan temples, courtyards, ceremonial halls and ball courts that were once very active. Below are three of the most visited Mayan Ruins in Belize.
Altun Ha Mayan Ruin
Altun Ha, a major ceremonial and vital trade center during the Classic Period, has two primary plazas. The famous “Jade Head”, the largest object carved of jade in the Mayan civilization, was found at this archeological site. The Altun Ha ruins tour starts with a short flight or boat ride to Belize City, followed by a 45-minute drive to the site. Here, you will receive a guided tour of these magnificent ruins and will hear about Mayan history and ancient Maya civilization. Your guide will provide ample time for you to climb one of the main temples and enjoy a stunning, panoramic view of the Belize rainforest.
Lamanai Mayan Ruin
Lamanai is the Mayan word for submerged crocodile. This archaeological site is one of the largest Mayan ceremonial centers. The Lamanai Mayan ruins tour starts with a short flight to Belize City, followed by a 60-minute drive to Tower Hill in Northern Belize. Once there, you will enjoy a scenic boat ride down the New River to the site. Once at Lamanai, you are served a picnic lunch of delicious local cooking which prepares you for your hike through the dense jungle to explore the ancient Mayan temples built majestically on the water’s edge.
Xunantunich Mayan Ruin
Xunantunich is the second tallest Mayan ruin in Belize at 130 feet tall. It contains six major plazas, more than twenty-five palaces and a new museum on site. The Xunantunich tour starts with a short flight or boat ride to Belize City, followed by a 2-hour (approximately) drive to Succotz village in Western Belize. Here you will cross the Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry, followed by a mile drive uphill to the site. This Belize ruins tour is also combined with an exciting cave tubing exploration after a hike through the rainforest.