The Altun Ha Mayan ruins is a must visit place for people who like to explore and learn about the ancient Maya culture. The city with the population of over 8000 people was believed to be the important destination for Maya trading and agriculture.
Altun Ha, the inspiration for the Belikin beer labelsMost of the temples of Altun Ha date from around 550 AD to 650 AD. Some of the most prominent and important temples that you will definitely have to visit during your stay at Altun Ha are:
- Temple of the Green Tomb: This is the place where the tomb of the priest king was found and it dates around 600 AD. Though the humidity the clothes of the priest king have been destroyed as the pages of the book he was buried with, however you will still be able to see the jewels, pottery, beads and ceremonial flints intact.
- Temple of the Masonry Altars: This is the most important temple for you to visit in the Altun Ha. The name is derived from alters, in these alters copal was burned and carved jade pieces were smashed as a ritual practice. This is also the Maya temple that is depicted on the Belikin beer labels.