Today a new visitor's center and male restroom was officially opened at the Altun Ha Archaeological site. While a center and a bathroom don't seem like substantial additions, the coordinators of the Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites Project say that they are. They say these new facilities will attract more visitors - both tourists and locals. Today we went to Altun Ha for the inauguration to find out what makes these new additions special to the reserve.
The overall cost of the project at Altun Ha is $400,000 dollars. It took about 10 years to complete the visitor's center. Why so long? Well funding was a major setback. But it is functional and ready for use. Similar works under the project have been done at other archaeological sites such as Nim Li Punit.