8 Best Mayan Ruins in Belize Caracol. Caracol. Tucked inside the Chiquibul Forest is one of the most important Mayan ruins in Belize: Caracol. Lamanai . Lamanai . Altun Ha . Aerial view of Altun Ha . Xunantunich . El Castillo, Xunantunich . Cahal Pech . Cahal Pech . Lubaantun. Lubaantun. El Pilar. Mayan ruins at El Pilar. Cerros. Seaside Mayan ruins at Cerros.
about 31 miles
Altun Ha was first inhabited in the Pre-Classic (1000 B.C-200 A.D). The earliest monumental construction dates from about 100 B.C. Most of the structures at the site date to the Early Classic (200-600 A.D.) when the site reached its apogee.
Violent crime – such as sexual assault, home invasions, armed robberies, and murder – are common even during daylight hours and in tourist areas. A significant portion of violent crime is gang related. Due to high crime, travelers are advised to exercise caution while traveling to the south side of Belize City.
There are four main ways to reach Altun Ha : The most expensive way is to visit on a tour from Belize City . You can cut your price to about US$50 if you take a US$2 bus to Crooked Tree and sign up for a tour there.
We call the temple the Temple of the Masonry Altars. The person that was buried with all these exotic was an elderly man that we believe was the ruler of the site during his lifetime. He might have commissioned this jade head to commemorate an important event in his life.
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