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This adventures starts off at the Belize Cruise port or your place of stay in Belize City. After meeting and Greeting you will be guided through the Old Capital of the Country, Belize City. Here you will be learning about the History and culture of Belize, while viewing some of its historical Buildings and land marks including Baron Bliss Light House, St. John’s Cathedral, the Old Belize Swing Bridge, down town Belize City and even the Central Bank of Belize where the largest jade object found at Altun Ha is being securely kept within its chambers.
After leaving the City/Old Capital you will then be touring the country side of Belize along the Northern High way, passing the Belize Old River and several rural communities. This will then take us unto the Old Northern High Way for another 15 minutes where we will be starting the Mountain Biking Trails through the pristine Mayan jungles of Belize.
These trails were once used by the Old mahogany log Cutter in the 17th and 18th century, and from 200 BC to 1200 AD these Jungles where occupied by the Ancient Mayan people, while riding you will pass several abandon Mounds and broken down temples. You will hear and see tons of birds and occasionally you could spot (if you’re lucky) an ocelot, Grey Fox, Coutamundi, Howler Monkey, or the Toucan our National Birds. Along the Way you will be stopping and learning about several of Belize Medicinal Plants. The Biking Ride will last for 45 minutes to an hour, after which we will head to the Altun Ha Mayan Temples which was a small but surprisingly rich major ceremonial center occupied during the classic period.
Walk through the same path of the Maya’s, amongst some of the mounds that have been partially excavated and restored by some of the locals and Dr. David Pendergast who did an extensive research from 1967 to 1974. Here in this city buried inside the Sun God Temple, which stand 54 feet from the plaza floor was where the largest carved jade object in the Mayan World was found as you travel back in time with history and feel the presence of an ancient civilization come alive; hike above some of its highest monumental structures where the elite families once occupied and enjoy a spiritual and panoramic view from above. Inhale the fresh air of the pristine green forest that surrounds you and soar with the spirits of the ancient Mayas that still preserves its pass. Your Guide will also be pointing out some of the local remedies of the rainforest used by the Mayans.
Altun Ha is a City of over 500 mounds with approximately 15 has been excavated. The city is surrounded by the thick broad leave forest which holds the secret of the Mayan civilization. Altun Ha Temple has recently in 2014-2015 gone through some major upgrades including now a Wheelchair accessible restroom, a visitor center amongst other renovations. The plazas are flat and are wheel chair friendly. After the Tour of the 2 major plazas you will have the opportunity to shop some local wood crafts, which are hand made at the site. On the way back to Belize City we will be having lunch at a local restaurant, serving some tasty Belizean dishes. Then you will be making your way back to the departure point where your guide will ensure your safe and timely return.
- Belize City Tour
- Countryside Tour
- Lunch (Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian)
- Park Fees
- Personal Guide