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Belize Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing with Sightseeing Excursion S3751

Belize, Belize City

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  • Round trip transportation from your Belize cruise tender pier!
  • Air-conditioned, fully licensed and insured transportation!
  • English speaking certified guide!
  • Entrance fees to Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing Park!
  • Professional river tubes, headlamps and life jackets!
  • National Belize river tubing park fees!
  • Admire 3 cave systems (a dry cave and 2 wet caves)!
  • Typical Belizean lunch!
  • Complimentary bottled water!
  • Scenic sightseeing!


When your cruise stops in Belize, you can learn more about the ancient Mayan culture at the ruins of Altun Ha. You’ll also have a chance to see the Mayan underworld as you float through the caves of Nohoch Che'en. A typical Brazilian lunch is included to top off the day!

You’ll meet your guide outside your Belize cruise tender terminal and after check-in, will be off in air-conditioned comfort to the caves of Nohoch Che’ en and the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha (in Rockstone Pond Village). The order may be switched depending on the time and weather conditions.

As you pass through Belize City you’ll learn about the history and culture. In the countryside, you will enjoy scenic sightseeing some of the highlights along the way! The drive to the caves is about 40 minutes through lush rain forests and swampy plains and several rural communities. You’ll then arrive at the caves in Nohoch Che'en Archaeological Park. Here you’ll participate in the most popular activity in Belize – cave tubing. You’ll be joining a highly qualified operation and, after using the facilities, the guides will go over the safety instructions and information and give you your headlamp.

Your guide would then lead you about a 25-minute walk away to the cave entrance. These caves were considered to be the entrances to the underworld by the ancient Mayans. You’ll be able to see the amazing crystal formations that are over 5,000,000 years old. These caves are untouched and of great significance to the Mayans. You’ll float past mica-studded stalactites (icicle-like formations on the ceilings made by water seeping down), and stalagmites (inverted icicle-like formations growing up from the ground made by minerals being deposited from dripping water). Float along the underground river through 3 caves and breaks in the ceiling that allows the light to filter through from the jungle above. Feel the awe of the Mayans in this sacred place.

After your cave adventure, you’ll be treated to a typical Belizean lunch of rice and beans cooked in coconut milk, stewed chicken, fried plantains and coleslaw with a beverage of water (either sit down or to go depending on time). Then is off to Altun Ha, you can relax for about 40 minutes while you get to this amazing Mayan site. Upon arrival, you’ll have some free time to use the facilities before walking to the ancient city.

The Mayan ceremonial and trading center of Altun Ha sits in the lush green jungle in the north part of Belize. This city housed a culture rich in social rituals, mathematics, and astrology and was ruled by royal priests for many centuries. The site is about 25 square miles in size and has over 500 structures. It dates back to 250 BC but was only recently discovered in 1963 by the amateur archaeologist Hal Ball as he flew over the area.

Some years later, as Dr. David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum and his team were excavating, a tomb of a priest in the Temple of the Masonry Altars was discovered. In it was a nine-and three-quarter pound jade carving of the Sun God, Kinich Ahau. This is the largest piece of jade sculpture ever discovered and the find is so important it’s now housed in the Central Bank of Belize and only brought to the museum for special events. If the weather cooperates you can still climb to the top of the main temples for spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding jungles. Let your imagination take you back to ancient times in this magical place.

Bring your camera to capture your memories of this safe and awe-inspiring excursion. At the end of your day, your transport will get you back to your Belize cruise ship tender dock in Belize City (about an hour away) in plenty of time to catch your tender back to the ship.


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Belize Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing with Sightseeing Excursion Reviews

A fun combo of Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and cave tubing in in Nohoch Che'en. You’ll go home with a greater understanding of Belize that includes scenic sightseeing. Don't forget your camera and have fun!

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Brookfield, WI
A great time!
     5/5  January 2020
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This is a good option. We agreed this was unique experience. It was so easy since the beginning to the end. All the information they provided us about the caves was so interesting and informative!
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Paul, Idaho, US
Fun experience.
     4/5  February 2020
0
Eric and John took good care of us at the river and made it very enjoyable. Eric did a great job keeping us informed and took care of us.
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JACKSONVILLE
Well worth it!
     5/5  June 2019
3
We had a wonderful time. Luis, our guide, was absolutely amazing! He educated us about the caves, the rainforest, and the ruins. The lunch was delicious and perfect after a trip through the caves. I would definitely recommend it.
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N.C.
Awesome tour and even better guide
     5/5  August 2019
4
Louis was wonderful. He was very proud of Belize and knew everything about anything we asked. He worked really hard to make our experience great and we had great local food with him and made it back to the ship with time to spare. Really glad that we decided to do both tours in the same day as he was a great tour guide. Would love to take another tour with Louis and experience more of Belize.
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Ludlow, Ky
it was great
     5/5  October 2019
3
We had a great time Louis was awesome. Only complaint was how much time we wasted sitting and waiting on the other group of 4 to join our group from the cruise ship, but that was their fault for not getting on the 1st tenders off the ship.
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Baroda
great tour
     5/5  November 2019
4
We would definitely recommend this excursion. Must be able to walk to the caves, a bit tough going if you have issues with walking.
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United States
cruiser
     4/5  February 2018
11
The excursion was amazing! We really enjoyed tubing through the caves. It rained and that only made it better! The ruins were beautiful. Well worth the trip. Our trip got off to a late start which made a lot of our trip quite rushed. Our guide was polite, answered our questions, but didn't really offer much more than was asked of him, which was kind of disappointing. Overall, we got to see and do what we wanted to and that was wonderful!
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Unites States
Amazing Experience
     5/5  January 2017
9
Our tour guide was wonderful! Get ready to experience tons of driving but worth the drive! The drives are about an hour long to get to the river tubing. Our tour guide drove, pulled us in the river and gave the tour, we ate with him, and he drove us to the Mayan ruins which took about an hour and gave us history on it. He let us decide that we wanted to cut the tour 15 minutes short so that we could buy from souvenirs from the locals since it was hand made and you can bargain. BARGAIN! Don't buy anything in the ports! Buy stuff that the locals have made and try to haggle with them. They will most likely take it. Make sure you tip your tour guides! Not only (do they work) extremely hard to please you so please always leave a tip in their hand at the end of the day! I cannot remember our guide's name. He did not have it on his card that he gave us. I want to say maybe Roberto? He was a great guy and guide either way and we appreciate all of his work! Thank you!
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United States
Awesome experience
     5/5  August 2016
12
The entire excursion was very enjoyable. Our first top was Cave tubing. You (can) carry your own tube, helmut, and life vest for the 15min walk. Make sure you have good water shoes, because that walk is on rocks. The guide pulls you through the cave. It was very enjoyable! Please don't forget your bug spray..you will definitely need it along the walk. Guide was easy to find and very nice. Directions were easy to follow.
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united states
Once in a Lifetime Experience
     5/5  October 2016
9
So to start off, be aware that Belize is a tender port. Our ship was dealing with rough waters that morning, so we were only able to tender half the amount of passengers. We actually didn't step foot on Belize until 2 hours after we arrived in the local waters. Once we were there, it was relatively easy to find our tour guide. We met up with him just outside of the cruise terminal. Our group was supposed to be 4 people, but by the time we got there, the other 2 people had not shown up. We couldn't wait any longer because we got to port so late, so Jeff had a friend wait at the pier in case the other couple showed up. We decided since we got there so late, that we wouldn't have time to do everything for this tour. My wife and I really wanted to see the ruins, so we decided to drop the cave tubing portion of the excursion. Jeff then suggested that we go do a little driving around with him after the ruins. We headed out to the Altun Ha ruins side which was a decent drive away. On the way, he shared his knowledge of the local culture and pointed out anything interesting on the way. Jeff was an amazing tour guide for us, very personable and easy to talk to. He had lived in the US for a number of years, so he was able to engage with us about our culture and life in the US. After we toured the ruins, Jeff got us some lunch right there at the site which doesn't normally service large tour groups. It was an amazing authentic lunch. Just watch out for the spices if you're not used to hot things. After we finished with the ruins, Jeff took us all throughout Belize City and the surrounding countryside and showed us things most tour groups would never see. It was such an awesome experience seeing the country through not just a tour operator, but someone who genuinely loves his country and is trying to bring a better future. Jeff is really one amazing man, and anyone would be extremely lucky to get him as their tour guide. I was a little nervous about getting back to the pier on time at the beginning of the excursion, but Jeff quickly set me at ease about our time frame. He had us back to the pier with plenty of time to spare. Overall, this was an experience I know my wife and I will never forget. Highly recommended to book through this company.
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Louisville ky
Best Deal Around
     5/5  February 2016
3
We went on our first cruise and I was nervous about booking an excursion outside of the line. It was the best deal I could have made. Our guide was Roberto and by the end of the trip he was like family. He even went out of our way to ensure we got sand for our collection.
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Westerville, Ohio
Strikes Again!
     5/5  January 2015
14
This is one of the best excursions we have ever been on! Our tour guide for the day was awesome! Knew a ton of history about the ruins and just made our trip! We will be talking about him forever! Had a great time enjoyed the whole day! The caves are just as amazing as the ruins, so glad we saw both.
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Baton Rouge, LA
Highlight of our trip
     5/5  June 2015
8
We had 3 great adventures on our recent cruise, but Belize was by far the best! Our tour guides made sure of that. They were very gracious to myself and my family. They went out of their way to see that they made the most of our limited time in his country. What a wealth of knowledge they are. From Mayan history and culture to edible jungle plants which we sampled extensively during our trek to the river (including some very tasty termites ) . It was great to see our kids (who are very modern tech driven kids) in awe and thoroughly immersed in learning about other cultures and visibly moved while standing atop ancient Mayan temples. The cave tubing was as fascinating as it was relaxing. An unexpected and welcome treat was the lunch at a little rural restaurant. The owners couldn't have been more kind. The food was one of the highlights of our trip. Rice and peas with stewed chicken and a house made habanero salsa. I've had this dish in other countries, but never executed this well. Excellent!!! Our guide heard us discussing some of the local treats we had sampled from vendors at the ruins and said if we wanted to shop that he would make time to stop by a local general store. We were definitely game for that and left with bags of local treats, that cost us next to nothing. He knew the way to a bunch of Louisianans hearts, right through our stomachs. I don't have enough adjectives to convey what a great time we had. I'll just say that our guides are fine stewards of their country and made all of us wish we could spend more time discovering the people, culture, sights and adventures of Belize. Thank you gentlemen. Sincerely, Brian K. Pinsonat Kristin Anthony Alyssa
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Plymouth, MI
Thrilled with this excursion!
     5/5  April 2014
5
My family was completely thrilled by this excursion. Previous reviews raved about the knowledge and abilities of their tour guides. Our guide was no exception. Carlos Manuel put his heart and soul into our excursion for 7 hours to make it a memorable success for us. He guided us both through the Belize caves and the Mayan ruins, carried on a one on one conversation with my 9 year old son during one of our drives, and had a wonderful wealth of knowledge that kept us engaged and impressed. The excursion local operator came to us at lunch to make sure we were pleased and to make sure we stayed on schedule. (2nds from lunch, bottled water, and a bit of rum punch for dad were packed up for our drive to the Mayan ruins to keep us on-time.) A few things to keep in mind if you select this excursion. We were moving the entire time. Activity level of 'Moderate' should be taken seriously. Make sure you are on the first tender off your cruise ship so you have time to enjoy this excursion. Finally, due to time to tender into port, I would be hesitant to select this excursion if the port call was less than 7.5 - 8 hours. Our ship's 'first' tender for excursions not booked through the cruise line didn't reach shore until 50 minutes after our arrival time. A shorter port call would still find our family enjoying the Cave Tubing or the Tubing and Zipline. We were very happy with our excursion.
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United States
Amazing Adventure!
     5/5  July 2014
11
We took this excursion July 22, 2014 and it was phenomenal! Our family of 5 (ages 17, 18, 21, 43, 44) ended up with our own private tour for the day. We were on the Carnival Legend, and as a previous reviewer mentioned, get on the 1st tender off the ship because this tour covers a lot of ground. The only negative...lots of driving time! I loved being in the van and seeing the "real" Belize, but my husband was not a fan of all of the driving involved in the excursion. We went to Altun Ha first. Our guide, Leo, was one of the most knowledgeable guides we've ever had and absolutely MADE this trip. We were fortunate in that there was only one cruise ship (ours) in port that day and we were the first group to make it Altun Ha, so we had the entire ruins to ourselves. Leo spent the entire drive (45-50 minutes) giving us background and history of not just Altun Ha, but of all of the Mayan civilizations in the Yucatan and information about Belize. The amount of time at the ruins is very limited, so if that is your main interest, I would suggest a different excursion. It was perfect for me! By the time I got hot and sweaty and slightly tired from climbing up and down, we were done. My Mayan history buff husband would have liked more time there! After a VERY BRIEF shopping stint at the end (we got fresh coconut water and sugar cane to chew on) we were off again...headed for the caves! The trip to the caves from Altun Ha takes a long time...at least another hour or more. Again, if you enjoy seeing the country without being the driver, it's pleasant, however there is not as much to see while cutting through the interior. My kids slept for much of it! :) We made a quick stop at the outfitters base, paid the balance on our excursion and rented some water shoes ($3 USD/each.) Our guide suggested we get the Crocs and it was a great suggestion! The small rocks on the trail to the caves are a bit rough and I can imagine they would be painful in regular water shoes! Once we got to the caves, we were outfitted with helmets (with lights,) and life jackets. ***We did NOT have to carry our tubes...and all of the other tour groups we saw did have to!*** The hike through the jungle to get to the caves was awesome!! Leo stopped at numerous plants, trees, bushes, animals, insects, etc to point them out and explain their nutritional or medicinal value and even showed us some that we could taste. We chewed some leaves/stems that were very refreshing (like a lime) and even tasted some termites (minty!) Once we got to the cave, we were given our tubes and Leo hooked them all together. The water was chilly, but beautiful! The float through the cave was interesting and Leo continued to provide a history of Mayan beliefs regarding the caves and to point out the interesting features and he also hauled us through the shallow parts of the river. All of the other excursions end once you exit the cave, ours however, continued for another 1/2 mile or so down river. Doesn't seem like much, but it was fantastic!! We had the opportunity to get out of the tubes and swim or walk in some incredibly beautiful spots of clear, blue water!! We did have to carry our tubes out, but it wasn't very far and not bad at all. Once we dried off and changed clothes we headed back to the operator's base where we enjoyed a traditional Belizean lunch of chicken, rice and beans, and coleslaw. All but our picky eater really enjoyed the meal and had seconds! They also provided Rum Punch, which was really good. The owner of the company came and met with us to ensure we'd had a great experience (he was also there checking on things when they handed out our tubing equipment!) We then loaded up for the drive back to the ship...another 40 minutes! We made it with 7 minutes to spare before the last posted tender time. In all actuality, there were 2 tenders behind us! Overall, though it was rushed, this was an amazing adventure!!
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Mesa, AZ
Un-Belize-able
     5/5  August 2014
10
This was hands down one of the best excursions I went on during my cruise. From reading other reviews I expected about a hour + drive each way to do the caving and ruins. The guide was informative, and knew a lot of history and culture of the area. The cave tubing was beautiful and had a lot more history than I expected - though it required a bit of walking (just remember to bring water shoes or you can buy them there for $3). The ruins were more impressive than I thought. You do get to climb one of the main ruins (and boy is it a climb), it is not for those who have difficulty walking or are scared of heights. Overall it was very enjoyable. Don't expect to do much shopping if any at this port - it is adventure packed day to get you back just in time to take one of the last boats back to the ship!
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United States
It was a nice day
     4/5  August 2013
15
We went on a cruise to Belize on Carnival and could not agree what to do as a group. So we picked this tour. It offered a little bit of everything we were looking to do in Belize. And using this company sure saved us a ton of money! The prices on the ship were almost double.
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