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Altun Ha Archaeological Site

Altun Ha Pyramid

Altun Ha Archeological Site is situated in the Belize District about 30 miles (50 km) north of Belize City and 6 miles (10 km) from the Caribbean Sea coast. Like many other Mayan ruins in Belize and Yucatan peninsula in general Altun Ha is a modern name. In local Yucatec Maya language haltun can be translated as a "cistern" while ha means "water".




Location: 30 miles (50 km) North of Belize City  Map

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm

Entrance Fee: BZ $10





Altun Ha Archaeological Site History

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Altun Ha Archaeological Site was first settled in the third century BC. It reached its apogee during Maya Classic era between 200 and 900 AD. With population of 10,000 Altun Ha covered an area of about 5 sq. miles (8 sq. km). About 900 AD for some unknown reason revolt broke out. It could be due to population collapse, hunger or social unrest. Elite palaces, temples and tombs were robbed of its valuables. The site was inhabited for another century, but it did not reach its previous greatness and eventually was abandoned by the 12th century. Altun Ha was found by amateur Mayanist Hal Ball who recognized a city under cover of the jungle in 1963.

Travel to Altun Ha Archaeological Site

Today about 500 structures of the original Altun Ha settlement are identified although most are still buried. The largest is the Temple of the Masonry Altars. It is not very high, only 16 meters (54 feet), but it is still an impressive structure. Numerous altars were used for burning of copal as a sacrifice to gods. The temple is depicted on Belikin beer label. Another important structure in Altun Ha Archaeological Site is the so- called Green Tomb that held body of a priest- king from around 600 AD.












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