Around 500 buildings have been catalogued at Altun Ha that date back as far as 250 BC. The Temple of the Green Tomb and the Temple of the Masonry Altars are the most impressive and offer a fascinating insight into the life of the Maya who used this spot as a major trading center. Situated 55 miles north of Belize City, Altun Ha is accessible by bus but with some difficulty, a tour operator is recommended for the visit and can be found on this website through the services option. Altun Ha is the site of the spectacular artifact found in a burial site - the Jade Head, the largest jade carving ever found in the Mayan region.
You can view a map of the Altun Ha Mayan site HERE.
Located barely 2 miles from Crooked Tree Village the much smaller site at Chau Hiix is presently under excavation by a team from the University of Indiana. An observation tower gives you the opportunity to get a bird's eye view of the whole site that includes a number of burial mounds and structures. Guides at Crooked Tree Village are available to walk you through the site at Crooked Tree Village.
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