Altun-Ha – Rock Stone Pond, Belize - Atlas Obscura


Rock Stone Pond, Belize

An important Mayan religious and trading center dating back to 200 BC.  

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About 31 miles north of Belize City sits the Mayan ruins of Altun-Ha. The site was first excavated in 1963 and was once home to 10,000 people covering more than 3.1 square miles. The former Mayan city contains two main plazas and around thirteen different structures. 

Visitors to Altun-Ha can climb most of the structures and have the freedom to roam around most of the site. Climbing to the top of the Temple of Masonry Altars⁠—the largest temple-pyramid at the complex⁠—offers an amazing panorama of the surrounding ruins and site.

Altun-Ha has not been fully excavated and grass still grows between some of the stones, making Altun-Ha feel lost in time.

Know Before You Go

This site is easily reached from Belize City and is perfect for a day trip. There are some great places to eat on location and even a few shops. This site is also handicap accessible and has nice facilities. It's open year-round from 8 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

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