Belize City Altun Ha Excursion Reviews

Altun Ha is an important ancient Mayan city, and remains a great family activity.
Altun Ha Mayan ruins gorgeous and Allen was again very knowledgeable about the people and history ...
Altun Ha Mayan ruins gorgeous and Allen was again very knowledgeable about the people and history of the site. It's a beautiful site and small enough to explore without feeling over whelmed. Bring insect repellent with you, I regret ... Read More
Altun Ha Mayan ruins gorgeous and Allen was again very knowledgeable about the people and history of the site. It's a beautiful site and small enough to explore without feeling over whelmed. Bring insect repellent with you, I regret not doing so... Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We did the River Cruise and Altun Ha.
We did the River Cruise and Altun Ha. Well worth the trip. Saw iguanas, egrets, manatees, crocodiles, howler monkeys, al kinds of birds. Good local food with soda made with real sugar. The bugs were bad but the ruins were great. Bring bug ... Read More
We did the River Cruise and Altun Ha. Well worth the trip. Saw iguanas, egrets, manatees, crocodiles, howler monkeys, al kinds of birds. Good local food with soda made with real sugar. The bugs were bad but the ruins were great. Bring bug dope. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our tour included a river cruise on the Old Belize River and that was really good.
Our tour included a river cruise on the Old Belize River and that was really good. The guide made sure that we saw lots of wildlife on the boat trip. The ruins are very good, not really huge but there are a good number to see. The guide ... Read More
Our tour included a river cruise on the Old Belize River and that was really good. The guide made sure that we saw lots of wildlife on the boat trip. The ruins are very good, not really huge but there are a good number to see. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered lots of questions. Only thing is we didn't have enough time to explore the ruins on our own. We only had about 10 minutes before we had to get back on the tour bus. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Booking the tour to Altun Ha with Island Marketing was worth every penny.
Booking the tour to Altun Ha with Island Marketing was worth every penny. Manuel (M&M) and Diana were great. The provided lots of knowledge about Belize and made you feel comfortable. Altun Ha is the closest ruin adventure from the ... Read More
Booking the tour to Altun Ha with Island Marketing was worth every penny. Manuel (M&M) and Diana were great. The provided lots of knowledge about Belize and made you feel comfortable. Altun Ha is the closest ruin adventure from the cruise port (approx. 45 minute drive). I would recommend this location because the roads you travel to all the ruins are pretty bumpy. Anyone with back troubles should avoid a long extended period traveling on these roads. Island Marketing tour to Altun Ha also includes a delicious lunch at The Roadhouse on the way back to the port (chicken, rice & beans, fried plantain & a drink). This is not provided if you book the excursion directly with Carnival. Altun Ha is a beautiful ruin site. There's a total of 3 ruins you can climb. The tallest one will have you out of breath but worth the climb. I would say anyone taking the climb should be in pretty good health. There is a banister going up and coming down but you still need to take your time. This is a must see experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Went to Altun Ha with Cynthia and Nacho.
Went to Altun Ha with Cynthia and Nacho. It was nice to have a privately booked tour. Cynthia took us into the Altun Ha site and explained the different ruins. Very nice. Smaller than most sites but it was enough for us travelling with ... Read More
Went to Altun Ha with Cynthia and Nacho. It was nice to have a privately booked tour. Cynthia took us into the Altun Ha site and explained the different ruins. Very nice. Smaller than most sites but it was enough for us travelling with kids. Plus, there wasn't much else to do in Belize with young kids. We went to a Chinese restaurant for lunch afterwards on our way back to the cruiseship. Lunch was good but that was out of your own pocket. The only bad thing I would say is that when I reserved the tour, the price was to include lunch (local food) but during the tour, Nacho asked about if we wanted to get lunch or not and then asked what kind of food. Out of pocket for lunch was fine if we had planned for that originally. Then when we returned to the ship, he tried to charge us the price that included lunch. There was a bit of disagreement there since I paid for my own lunch. He was okay with it but I thought it was poor that 1. he didn't remember the original agreement and 2. he tried to charge us a higher price than we agreed upon Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It was Altun-Ha and Belize City tour.
It was Altun-Ha and Belize City tour. Could have skipped the city tour as there was not much to look at in Belize City. They also did not give you much time to look at the ruins. Could have used another hour to look around. Felt very ... Read More
It was Altun-Ha and Belize City tour. Could have skipped the city tour as there was not much to look at in Belize City. They also did not give you much time to look at the ruins. Could have used another hour to look around. Felt very rushed and not much time to see everything. Tour guides were nice, but sometimes could not understand them. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Even though Belize City is on the mainland, the ship was anchored quite far and we were tendered in.
Even though Belize City is on the mainland, the ship was anchored quite far and we were tendered in. It was quite windy. It was Christmas Day but we could tell the difference. A long bus ride (40 minutes) to the ruins and about an hour and ... Read More
Even though Belize City is on the mainland, the ship was anchored quite far and we were tendered in. It was quite windy. It was Christmas Day but we could tell the difference. A long bus ride (40 minutes) to the ruins and about an hour and a half there. The ruins were interesting but not very impressive. We climbed up one structure. There were many vendors selling local artifacts.A half hour bus ride took us to the river where we had lunch and then cruised down the river for slightly over an hour and back to the port.We saw egrets, blue heron, small crocodile, bats, monkeys, iguana and a dolphin put on a show for us. Other boats saw a manatee but we did not.Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEYfGbAa-CY Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was a great port because we did a shore excursion.
This was a great port because we did a shore excursion. We booked a photographer from the ship (free service our ship offered) and she went with us to Altun Ha and took photos of us at the ruins. We learned a lot about the Mayan ruins and ... Read More
This was a great port because we did a shore excursion. We booked a photographer from the ship (free service our ship offered) and she went with us to Altun Ha and took photos of us at the ruins. We learned a lot about the Mayan ruins and the grounds were beautifully kept. This was a great excursion and did not take all day because we didn't couple it with a boat ride. The bus ride was long and was very bumpy. A lot of customers were complaining about the bus ride. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
great guides it was as Kenny says unbelizeable the guides and the tour were well organized and the ...
great guides it was as Kenny says unbelizeable the guides and the tour were well organized and the trip is well worth it to the ruins as are the ruins themselves not for the faint of bladder as some rough roads. Again you need to run the ... Read More
great guides it was as Kenny says unbelizeable the guides and the tour were well organized and the trip is well worth it to the ruins as are the ruins themselves not for the faint of bladder as some rough roads. Again you need to run the gauntlet of preferred shops when you return Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Loved the bus guided tour of the city as well as the tour at the ruins.
Loved the bus guided tour of the city as well as the tour at the ruins. Very informative. The ruins were amazing. At the end of the tour they take you to a restaurant where you can sample the rum punch and have lunch if you would like. ... Read More
Loved the bus guided tour of the city as well as the tour at the ruins. Very informative. The ruins were amazing. At the end of the tour they take you to a restaurant where you can sample the rum punch and have lunch if you would like. Highly recommend staying for lunch. In the port we browsed the shops and went on the Chocolate tour at Moho. It is worth the $2 just for the Chocolate samples. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We used cavetubing.bz for this port, given the many wonderful reviews on cruise critic.
We used cavetubing.bz for this port, given the many wonderful reviews on cruise critic. We originally signed up for Cave Tubing, but when we met Vitalino Jr and his staff, we were informed that too much rain had shut down the cave tubing ... Read More
We used cavetubing.bz for this port, given the many wonderful reviews on cruise critic. We originally signed up for Cave Tubing, but when we met Vitalino Jr and his staff, we were informed that too much rain had shut down the cave tubing excursion. We were offered several other options for the same rate, and chose the Mayan ruins at Altun Ha. Our tour guide, the Snake man, was amazingly informative and provided a great experience for us! We will certainly go back to them next time, and do the Cave Tubing excursion. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was amazing.
This was amazing. A nice drive from the ship but to see the scenery! Wow! Then the tour around town was nice. It stopped a nice small restaurant, it was okay and where the locals ate.
This was amazing. A nice drive from the ship but to see the scenery! Wow! Then the tour around town was nice. It stopped a nice small restaurant, it was okay and where the locals ate. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
There is about an hour and a half bus ride from the port to the ruins.
There is about an hour and a half bus ride from the port to the ruins. The tour guides point out things and give a history of the city on the ride. The ruins were beautiful and we got to climb on them. It did rain before we could climb the ... Read More
There is about an hour and a half bus ride from the port to the ruins. The tour guides point out things and give a history of the city on the ride. The ruins were beautiful and we got to climb on them. It did rain before we could climb the biggest temple. Bring sunscreen, tennis shoes, and bug spray. Would definitely recommend if you like history! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We took an excursion to some Maya ruins and a crowded open boat ride down the River Wallace.
We took an excursion to some Maya ruins and a crowded open boat ride down the River Wallace. The River Wallace boat ride was my favorite part of the day. We saw birds, crocodiles, bats, monkeys and the nose of a platypus.
We took an excursion to some Maya ruins and a crowded open boat ride down the River Wallace. The River Wallace boat ride was my favorite part of the day. We saw birds, crocodiles, bats, monkeys and the nose of a platypus. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
About an hour and 15 mins thru the city with a narrative on what the city has to offer.
About an hour and 15 mins thru the city with a narrative on what the city has to offer. Then off to Altun ha, it is the rainforest so, expect humidity, Mosquitos, and of course rain. I think the ruins are fabulous. I have Been to other ... Read More
About an hour and 15 mins thru the city with a narrative on what the city has to offer. Then off to Altun ha, it is the rainforest so, expect humidity, Mosquitos, and of course rain. I think the ruins are fabulous. I have Been to other Mayan sites, but this is the oldest site I have ever been to! It is worth the trip and the tour guides are informative and very sweet girls. There was a Mayan market there where they sold plantain chips, water, handmade Mayan things, there were bathrooms, I bought several beautiful bowls and a few other items. Worth the trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Bus ride of almost an hour on some of the worst roads we have ever been on.
Bus ride of almost an hour on some of the worst roads we have ever been on. Ruins are ok but there is no museum or artifacts to really look at. We did have very knowledgeable tour guides so they could cover a lot of the information and ... Read More
Bus ride of almost an hour on some of the worst roads we have ever been on. Ruins are ok but there is no museum or artifacts to really look at. We did have very knowledgeable tour guides so they could cover a lot of the information and take your mind off the drive. Tour end ended at a resturant they recomended but it didn't have a menu that interested us. It is an easy walk back to port. We would recommend no venturing to far on your own we would not have felt safe. If you want to mark off Myan ruins off your bucket list this is ok but we wouldn't do again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
I climbed up one of the ruins.
I climbed up one of the ruins. The steps are very high. I had to climb on all fours. Then I had to climb down. It was a little scary. We went to another one. This one had an added staircase. Well if I had known I that I wouldn't have ... Read More
I climbed up one of the ruins. The steps are very high. I had to climb on all fours. Then I had to climb down. It was a little scary. We went to another one. This one had an added staircase. Well if I had known I that I wouldn't have climbed the first one. It was different enough from Tulum to be worthwhile. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
In Belize we took the Altun Ha ruins and Wallace River ride offered by Carnival.
In Belize we took the Altun Ha ruins and Wallace River ride offered by Carnival. This was an excellent choice. We more than got our money’s worth. I am thrifty and was concerned but couldn’t recommend it more. Our guides were very ... Read More
In Belize we took the Altun Ha ruins and Wallace River ride offered by Carnival. This was an excellent choice. We more than got our money’s worth. I am thrifty and was concerned but couldn’t recommend it more. Our guides were very informative. They made the bus ride fun and educational. My husband and I could not decide if it was the 2 hours we had been told it would be or not because it went by so fast. The ruins are climbable (some are not) and the history, geography and company were great. To climb the ruins you need to be somewhat in shape. I surprised myself but was told my face was a bit flushed when I finished. I have to admit the stairs are high and unforgiving. Lunch was served at a local resort which in keeping with Belize had grass covered huts and amazing scenery and gardens. Some howler monkeys joined us in the trees of the garden and ate lunch while looking at us funny. Great pics.The river ride was so fun that when we landed at the dock we were all cheering for more … literally... people were looking at us funny when we pulled in. We saw wildlife of every kind. We even came upon Tapir, the national animal of Belize, locally it is known as the Mountain Cow. The guide said they are seldom ever seen. The photo ops are wonderful but wear rain gear if you are to sit in the back of the boat. The monologue during every phase was so informative. The one reason I would only take this excursion offered by the cruise company is that it is a full day and should anything detain you the boat Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Altun Ha & Belize River: I had previously taken this tour about 5 years ago and fondly remembered ...
Altun Ha & Belize River: I had previously taken this tour about 5 years ago and fondly remembered it as a favorite. I was disappointed this time. First, we waited over an hour for the rest of the tour group to get there because it was ... Read More
Altun Ha & Belize River: I had previously taken this tour about 5 years ago and fondly remembered it as a favorite. I was disappointed this time. First, we waited over an hour for the rest of the tour group to get there because it was not just folks from the NCL Dawn, it was also passengers from the NCL Jewel which had trouble that morning. I wish that NCL would have coordinated this better because waking people up and the crack of dawn to have them stand around for an hour was not a great start to the trip. It also led us to be late the entire day. Second, we arrived at Altun Ha in the morning but due to the wait in the am, we only had 40 minutes to do a quick tour and take a few photos before we were rushed back onto the bus to go somewhere else. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
"Old Belize River Tour and Altun Ha" ...
"Old Belize River Tour and Altun Ha" ... Starts at 8 a.m. with a wait in the Stardust Theater for your excursion to be called, then a fast tender ride to shore, then another fast boat to the mouth of the river, then a ride up the ... Read More
"Old Belize River Tour and Altun Ha" ... Starts at 8 a.m. with a wait in the Stardust Theater for your excursion to be called, then a fast tender ride to shore, then another fast boat to the mouth of the river, then a ride up the river while the guides point out the relatively scarce (because this is a somewhat developed area) local flora and fauna - manatee, crocodile, iguana, howler monkey, bats, birds, a boa constrictor. The boat ride ends at a rickety wooden dock and then all aboard an old school bus for a short trip to what seems to be the back entrance to a local "resort". After quite a long walk through the grounds, we arrive at the resort's open-air pavilion where lunch (included) and cold sodas/beer are served. Then the guide rounds us up for a short walk to the entry pavilion to wait for an a/c coach bus to take us to Altun Ha. The ruins at Altun Ha are MAGNIFICENT and 100% worth the trouble to get there, no matter which excursion you take! Handcrafts/drinks/snacks are available from the locals. After an all too brief amount of time spent walking around the ruins we are back on the a/c coach bus for a 1.5 hour ride back to the port and tender to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Nice country drive all the way out to the Altun Ha ruins.
Nice country drive all the way out to the Altun Ha ruins. Took a good hour to get there. The guides were very knowledgeable and made us feel very welcome. Answered all questions. Drivers were excellent, especially getting through the town ... Read More
Nice country drive all the way out to the Altun Ha ruins. Took a good hour to get there. The guides were very knowledgeable and made us feel very welcome. Answered all questions. Drivers were excellent, especially getting through the town with narrow streets. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Altun Ha ruins were a lot better than the ruins we've seen before on Cozumel.
Altun Ha ruins were a lot better than the ruins we've seen before on Cozumel. Tour guide was very knowledgeable of history of what we were seeing. She made her stories interesting and didn't repeat the same story over and over ... Read More
Altun Ha ruins were a lot better than the ruins we've seen before on Cozumel. Tour guide was very knowledgeable of history of what we were seeing. She made her stories interesting and didn't repeat the same story over and over like I've had on other tours. She pointed out points of interest along the way and facts about Belize City. Don't know if the bus was suppose to be part of the adventure but the ride was a little rough and the A/C didn't work really well. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We boarded the bus right out the back of the port after waiting in line in the A/C in Diamonds ...
We boarded the bus right out the back of the port after waiting in line in the A/C in Diamonds International, where we also got to look around and was offered punch. Melanie was our bus ride tour guide, the ride was about an hour long. She ... Read More
We boarded the bus right out the back of the port after waiting in line in the A/C in Diamonds International, where we also got to look around and was offered punch. Melanie was our bus ride tour guide, the ride was about an hour long. She talked to us for about 45 min teaching us all about Belize, the animals, the land and the people there. It was very interesting and informative. We also received a cool map with good information on it. The ride came to an end when we reached to Ruins, we got off the bus and started the tour that was given by Carlos. Carlos was very proud of the ruins and his people, he was a great guide. After the talking part we were able to walk around on our own and climb to the top of the different ruins. They also had local venders selling their wood products, coconuts and dried plantains chips. We got back on the bus and headed back to town where we were dropped off at a local restaurant for a refreshment before walking back to the pier. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Nice tour of Altun Ha and an animal sightseeing tour on the Belize River.
Nice tour of Altun Ha and an animal sightseeing tour on the Belize River. A bit rushed at Altun Ha, but loved the ruins, and the river tour was quite nice as well, included lunch and (non alchoholic) beverages.
Nice tour of Altun Ha and an animal sightseeing tour on the Belize River. A bit rushed at Altun Ha, but loved the ruins, and the river tour was quite nice as well, included lunch and (non alchoholic) beverages. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line