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Belize City and Altun Ha Mayan Ruins Sightseeing Excursion with Lunch

Belize, Belize City (Excursion ID S1200)

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  • Round-trip transportation from your Belize cruise ship tender pier!
  • Air-conditioned, fully licensed, and insured transportation!
  • English-speaking certified Belize shore excursion guide!
  • Entrance fee and guided excursion of Altun Ha Mayan Ruins!
  • Panoramic sightseeing of Belize City!
  • Delicious Belizean lunch is included!
  • Complimentary cold bottled water!
  • Car seats are available upon request at no extra cost!

Your cruise stop in Belize can include the old and the new on this fun combo of Altun Ha Mayan excursion and capital city scenic sightseeing.

You'll meet your shore excursion guide outside your Belize cruise tender terminal and start your day with a scenic sightseeing drive through Belize City. On your drive, you will learn about the history and culture of Belize while passing by interesting landmarks like the Baron Bliss Lighthouse. This white-with-red lighthouse was constructed in 1885 and named after one of Belize's favorite benefactors. St. John's Cathedral is the primary Anglican cathedral of Belize and was built in the early 1800s from bricks used as ballast on ships. It's the oldest church in the colony of British Honduras. See the Old Belize Swing Bridge that connects the north and south sides of the city over Haulover Creek and is the oldest manually operated swing bridge in Central America and one of the few left in the world. Drive past the Central Bank of Belize that houses and guards the second largest jade artifact found in Belize – a ceremonial pendant worn by a king. Pass through downtown with its good hotels, casinos, and the Museum of Belize.

Then you are off to the Altun Ha Mayan ruins! You'll now head north on the Northern Highway and then on the Old Northern Road to the Mayan ruins at Altun Ha. The ruins are located in the jungle and only about 15 of the over 500 mounds have been excavated. The others are still buried in the thick jungle. You'll have approximately 1.5 hours to explore the 2 large central plazas surrounded by medium-sized pyramids. The city was settled around 200 BC as a major trading and religious center. Much of the restoration was done by the archaeologist Dr. David Pendergast and some locals from 1967 to 1974.

In the Sun God Temple, they found the largest jade object to date, a carved jade head weighing 4.42 kg, which is also housed in the Central Bank of Belize. You can follow the paths of the Mayans as you walk through the site. Hike up above the ruins where you'll have a birds-eye view of where the wealthy families lived and worked. From here you'll have a panoramic view of the lush jungle and yet-to-be-uncovered ancient structures. Your Belize Mayan Ruins shore excursion guide will also point out and explain how some of the plants of the rainforest were harvested and used for medicinal purposes. In 2014-2015 the site was renovated to better accommodate tourists with upgrades including a wheelchair-accessible restroom and a visitor center.

After exploring the 2 plazas you'll have a chance to purchase local handmade wood crafts. To complete your Belize cruise shore excursion experience, you'll be treated to lunch from a local restaurant where you can try Belizean favorites of rice and beans cooked in coconut milk, chicken stew, fried plantains, and coleslaw (menu subject to change without prior notice). A vegetarian option is available upon request.

Your comfortable sightseeing excursion transportation will return you to your Belize cruise ship tender terminal at the end of this Belize City and Altun Ha Ruins shore excursion.


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Adults (11 years and up): $59.99$19.99$40.00
Children (4 to 10 years old): $39.99$11.99$28.00
Adults price from Nov 1st (12 years and older): $64.99$19.99$45.00
Children price from Nov 1st (4 to 11 years): $44.99$11.99$33.00
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Belize City and Altun Ha Mayan Ruins Sightseeing Excursion with Lunch Reviews

Discover the history of the ancient Mayans and see how Belizeans live today in the capital city. Explore the Mayan ruins at Altun-Ha with lunch included at a local restaurant. This Belize Mayan ruins shore excursion is designed to please all ages.

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Owingsville
Loved it!
     5/5  (Visited on October 2023)
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This excursion was amazing. The Mayan ruins are beautiful and despite the heat we had an amazing time. Our guide and driver were the dream team. Yo Adrian and Bill were absolutely amazing. Adrian had so much knowledge and made the tour the absolute best, even calling ahead to ensure Bill could have our van running with the air on. I'm not sure how long the drive was to the ruins but there was no dull moments as Adrian told us about everything on the way there and the way back. We would love to do this again! Check them out!
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Phoenix
Love it
     5/5  (Visited on September 2023)
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I truly enjoyed this tour and our tour guide was very knowledgeable.
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Indiana
Very Interesting - a long, hot day
     5/5  (Visited on June 2023)
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We booked this for a little over $50 per person and were treated like royalty. The pickup was smooth from the port. They provided bottled water for the trip to the ruins which was much needed! It took about an hour to go through the tour of the city on the way and then up to the ruins. It was scorching hot the day we were there - 98 degrees and very humid - which was the only downside but that had nothing to do with the excursion itself. We were able to get a lot of history about the area, climb on the ruins and then there was a number of local stands outside the area with crafts, souvenirs, etc. for very low prices. On the way back to port we stopped at a small, local restaurant for the provided lunch - stewed chicken, rice, beans, fresh mangos and drinks. Additional drinks were only $1 too. It was a fantastic meal! Then we were dropped back off at the port - in total it was about 5 hours I believe. The staff was extremely friendly, knowledgable and went above and beyond to make the day enjoyable which wasn't easy with the extreme heat.
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Wilsons Mills, North Carolina, US
Great value, fun and informative
     5/5  (Visited on November 2022)
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I really enjoyed this excursion. My guide was Vel and the driver was Lincoln. The ride was long but Vel made the time go by faster. The meal was really good too. I would recommend.
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Omaha, Nebraska, US
Fun and Educational!
     5/5  (Visited on October 2022)
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Our tour guide, Nik, was extremely nice and knowledgeable. You could just tell that he was excited about Belize and wanted to share that enthusiasm. It was my husband and I with our three children, ages 9, 8, and 4 and they found everything just as interesting as we did. The van was air-conditioned and comfortable. Nik talked most of the way which made the trip to Altun Ha go by quite fast. I just can’t say enough good things. The lunch was an excellent touch. Great price as well!
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Georgia
Such a great Guide.
     5/5  (Visited on June 2022)
25
Wallace was our guide. He gave us so much information and the food was the best on our whole trip.
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Sunnyvale Texas, US
Loved it!
     5/5  (Visited on February 2020)
24
Eric was an amazing guide! Very funny and informative! We were pleased this was not a crowded excursion so we had time to enjoy ourselves! Very happy we did this and would highly recommend!!!
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Crabtree, Oregon, US
Amazing tour!
     5/5  (Visited on February 2020)
20
I would highly recommend this Belize tour. Nick and Nate were extremely knowledgeable and full of facts about Belize. They got us to the ruins before the big rush of cruise ship tours. We stopped for some wine tasting on the way and a yummy local lunch afterwards. Oh, and rum tasting!
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Atlanta, Georgia, US
Great tour!
     5/5  (Visited on February 2020)
14
Nick are really a professional & he is very funny guy, from pick up to drop-off, during the activities, he keeps us informed & answers all questions we have. We do enjoy every single minute from beginning to the end! We gain a lot of knowledge about Belize & Belize City. We do enjoy the local food at lunch. We also have a chance to taste local fruit and wines, a big surprise!
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Pensacola, Florida, US
Excellent! Best guide ever!
     5/5  (Visited on January 2020)
18
The experience was great, and our tour guide Tarique Domingo was very knowledgeable, courteous and welcoming. He went above and beyond to make our experience the best it could be! I highly recommend Shore Excursioneer and you must request Tarique for your guide, this young mans energy, positivity and zest for life is refreshing! Thank you for a great time to our friend Tarique!
Belize City and Altun Ha Mayan Ruins Sightseeing Excursion with Lunch Excellent! Best guide ever!Show Management Response

Oakland, CA
The best choice ever!
     5/5  (Visited on December 2019)
17
All the information our guide provided us was so interesting and informative! We loved this excursion, was so great to be with you! You make an excellent job!
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Jacksonville, Florida, US
Awesome experience!!!
     5/5  (Visited on December 2019)
13
Our experience was amazing! Our guide, Eric, was exceptional. He was already waiting for us, had the ac running in the car; he gave us cold water bottles, it was refreshing. Eric was so professional, friendly and knowledgeable, he made our experience fun and unique. Highly recommended.
Belize City and Altun Ha Mayan Ruins Sightseeing Excursion with Lunch Awesome experience!!! Show Management Response

Montreal, Quebec, CA
Amazing!
     5/5  (Visited on November 2019)
6
Our tour guide was fantastic! We enjoyed every minute of our tour! Our guide was amazing, knowledgeable about his country’s history, economy, religion, vegetation, animal life and so much more! The food at the local restaurant offered typical meals which was what we were looking for! Great food and company! Thank you (Raymond)!
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Toronto, Ontario, CA
Great experience
     5/5  (Visited on November 2019)
18
This trip was a must f2f ir me and i am so happy that i choose your team to donit. It was az very very hot day and your team recognizes that by takingv enough breaks so we could do the climb comfortably. Veryh acknowlegable
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Austin, Texas, US
Outstanding family tour! One of our best tours ever!
     5/5  (Visited on November 2019)
16
On time and easy to find. Nice 11 person van had 9 passengers and driver. Every aspect of this tour exceeded our expectations! City tour was great, guide was knowledgeable and gave us a personal tour of Al tunha, more sightseeing , picture opportunities , and then a nice lunch at a quaint local diner. outstanding!
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San Antonio
Interesting/educational, reasonably priced
     4/5  (Visited on November 2019)
10
Excursion employees were located directly outside the port terminal and walked us a short distance to a meeting point where we waited for all of the excursion participants. We waited for awhile to start the excursion because our group was missing two people. The company finally decided to leave them so our group was only 8 instead of 10 which made the van ride more comfortable. I think it would have been tight with two more people. Our guide “Vel” was friendly and informative. He made a stop at a local store so we could buy bug spray and bought the group bottled waters. Bug spray & water are a must for this excursion! The ride to the ruins was rather long and a little bumpy as we got closer. The tour at the ruins was great. Amazing views and very good photo opportunities. We stopped for lunch otw back at a local restaurant. The food was authentic and very tasty. I enjoyed this excursion and thought is was reasonably priced.
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Athens
Excellent tour!!
     5/5  (Visited on November 2019)
13
We had an amazing tour with Natalie!! She was extremely knowledgeable and made the entire experience very personal and she was communicative. Lunch was great, too! Highly recommend and will be revisiting and will book with her and this company again!
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Phoenix, Arizona, US
Incredible Experience
     5/5  (Visited on October 2019)
19
Eric was an incredible guide! His passion and knowledge for Belize stood out. It was a rainy day when we visited the ruins, which made it even more magical. Thanks Eric!
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Farmers Branch, Texas, US
Not your typical trip!
     5/5  (Visited on August 2019)
13
Meeting our tour guide Jose was very easy, no problem with that. He parked close to the Belize sign so we were able to get those pictures before starting the tour. The first activity was driving to the caves to go tubing which did take a while, I think the tour says 40 mins and this was the shortest time in driving compared to all the other ruins etc that Belize had to offer. Jose talked both english and spanish which was perfect for my dad and I. Jose was very informative and we learned a lot about the country. Belize is really big and there is a lot to see just not in one trip. The most city area was by the cruise port and then the whole drive was mostly country. We had the caves all to ourselves so it was really nice, I thought it would be full of tourists but we were the only ones. I would suggest bringing a camera or phone that has flash, I only brought the go pro so I was not able to get good pictures inside the caves. After that we went to get lunch at a small restaurant. The food was very good but there was not a selection, it was a dish already set, of course you have the options to order other things but we did not want to spend a lot of time eating and had already paid for the food we had. We then drove to the ruins and it was mostly just us so it was also not very touristy which was great. There was also not a lot of walking to do which was nice. At the end we went to a souvenir store which was very good and the prices were cheap. Jose was a great tour guide and got along so well with my dad that they even exchanged numbers and my dad felt like they had been friends for a long time. This was my 2nd tour with this company and so far its been great!
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Austin TX
Great Value
     5/5  (Visited on September 2019)
11
Great value and guide Wentworth was amazing very funny and knowledgeable
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Green Bay, Wisconsin, US
Alton Ha excellent
     5/5  (Visited on August 2019)
18
Our driver was Raymond. He was so nice and knowledgeable! We learned so much! We enjoyed our time with him immensely! The lunch was delicious. We would totally recommend this tour and this guide! Thank you so much Ray!
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